Exhibit and Collection
There are many reasons why we are drawn to lighthouses. We are fascinated by their role in history and how lighthouse keepers lived in places for months at a time to keep the light going. How they single-handedly helped guide boaters on the water and prevented shipwrecks.
They were also responsible for the upkeep of the lighthouse tower, lights, mechanisms and grounds. Often, a lighthouse keeper lived in or near the lighthouse, especially because many were in remote areas.
Nova Scotia is a peninsula only by a few miles so it's much closer to being an island. With coastlines known for being rugged and dangerous, lighthouses became a very important for those who made their living on the sea.
Incredibly, there are over 170 lighthouses around Nova Scotia, so you never have to go far to discover one. With a height of 101 feet, Cape Sable Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Nova Scotia and helps mark the southern tip of the province.
Most working lighthouses these days are automated, however, some still do welcome visitors.
The Lighthouse Research Centre is an amazing resource is home to one of the largest lighthouse collections in Eastern Canada.
Come explore and learn more about these astounding structures.