Canadian Coast Guard
This is the tallest lighthouse in Nova Scotia. The other buildings have been destroyed; only the tower remains at the site.
Tower Height: 101
Height of Focal Plane: 98
Characteristic and Range: White flash every 5 seconds, visible for 22 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: White, octagonal reinforced concrete tower with red lantern.
This light is operational
1861: 65-foot wooden tower.
Date Established: 1861
Date Present Tower Built: 1924
Date Automated: 1986
Optics: 1902: Third order Fresnel lens.
Fog Signal: 1876: Steam whistle
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
Accessible by boat only. The lighthouse can be seen from a beach at the end of Hawk Road on Cape Sable Island, off Route 330 South.
Keepers: Hervey Doane (1861-1871), Isaac Doane (1871-1902), Arthur H. Cunningham (1902-1916), Albert Wise (1916-1927), H. L. Johnson (1927-1931), Benjamin F. Smith (1931-1945), Albert Smith (1945-1952), B. F. Smith (1952-1970), Sidney F. Smith (1970-1979), James Reginald Smith (1979-1984), Francis Casey (1984-1986), Andy Dugandzic (1986).
Nearby Lodging: Cape Sable Cottages, located on Cape Sable Island in Newellton, offers five year-round cottages; see www.capesablecottages.com