The most beautiful lighthouses of the Lighthouse Route in Nova Scotia
As the name of this Canada road trip suggests, there are many lighthouses along the Lighthouse Route in Nova Scotia. No wonder - it is located on the Atlantic coast of the province of Nova Scotia and extends from the capital Halifax to Yarmouth on the western tip of the peninsula. If you want to see the lighthouses, you should take two to three minutes for the route, because only a few can be seen directly from the coastal road. There is also a lot to see along the way.
Some can only be reached if you accept detours that take up time. But the effort is worth it, because on a tour to the lighthouses on the coast of Nova Scotia you can learn a lot about the life of the people on this coast. On the way you come through fishing villages, drive past abandoned houses whose owners have been building a new life elsewhere in Canada since the cod warming off the coasts of eastern Canada, and meet lobster fishermen, boat owners and shipyard workers who like to chat. A trip on the Lighthouse Route is a journey through the maritime Nova Scotia.
Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool
Not all the lighthouses on the Lighthouse Route are slim and slender as the most famous among them Peggy's Cove. There are also smaller ones who watch over the shipping traffic especially at the mouth of rivers or at port entrances. One of them is the lighthouse at Fort Point in Liverpool. It is somewhat hidden behind the Fort Point Lighthouse Park with its deciduous trees.
Seal Point Lighthouse in Barrington
The Seal Point Lighthouse in Barrington is so far from the water, right next to the coast road (Hwy. 3), that one wonders what it is actually watching over at this point. But it has its justification at this point, as it is located on a hill above the entrance to a small harbor. Today it is a museum where you can learn about the history of the lighthouses and the life of the lighthouse keepers on the coast of Nova Scotia.
The southernmost lighthouse on the Lighthouse Route Nova Scotia
If you want to see the southernmost lighthouse in Nova Scotia, you need binoculars or have to change to the boat, because it is located on a sandbank south of Clarks Harbor. However, it's also worth the drive to Hawks Point south of Barrington. On the way you pass Clarks Harbor, a fishing port where fishing boats, protected from the waves of the Atlantic, wait to go out to sea to fish.
Lighthouse at Cape Fourchu near Yarmouth on the Lighthouse Route Nova Scotia
If the Lighthouse Trail begins at Peggy's Cove with a lighthouse, it ends at Cape Fourchu near Yarmouth on the west coast of Nova Scotia with a watchtower over the elements of the Atlantic: the lighthouse at Cape Fourchu. On the tip of a peninsula, the lighthouse watches over the harbor entrance to Yarmouth. The ferry from Bar Harbor in Maine passes here, taking travelers from the USA to Nova Scotia comfortably.
What is essential in your suitcase?
- rain jacket - Which is the best, you can read here
- If you want to hike on the coast, you are rainproof hiking shoes essential.
- A backpack serves well on a trip to the Lighthouse Route Nova Scotia. Hiking trails and beaches invite you to go for walks and hikes.
- Check with our Hiking checklistwhether you have packed the hiking equipment that you need for your tour.
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Text Lighthouse Route Nova Scotia: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos Lighthouse Route Nova Scotia: Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline