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Name: Chebucto Head Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Location: Entrance to Halifax Harbour.

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Photo: Josette d'Entremont
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Managing Organization:
Chebucto Head Lighthouse Society


The lighthouse tower here was damaged by fire in 2003. The 1940 dwelling, which served as the lighthouse before the present tower was built, was destroyed by a suspicious fire on May 27, 2004. The Chebucto Head Lighthouse Society had just signed a lease for the building and had been starting to renovate it for use as a community center and museum. The active light and foghorn are still maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Tower Height: 45

Height of Focal Plane: 162

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 20 seconds, visible for 14 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, octagonal concrete tower with red lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1940 dwelling/lighthouse (lantern removed)

Earlier Towers?
1872: White, square wooden tower with dwelling attached. c. 1928: White, octagonal concrete tower with red lantern. 1940: Lantern on roof of white square dwelling.

Date Established: 1872

Date Present Tower Built: 1967

Fog Signal: Two three-second blasts every 60 seconds.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Follow Route 253 to Herring Cove, then take Route 349. Turn off 349 onto Chebucto Head Road and follow to the lighthouse.

Keepers: Edward Johnson (1872-1906), Captain Richard Holland (1906-1928), Edward Gallagher (1928-1950), F. Gallagher (1950), S. R. Flemming (1950-1979), E. M. Kiley (1979), Jim Guptill


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