Lighthouse in Review

Of Interest

Thinking of visiting Nova Scotia lighthouses this summer?

Our new printable map shows 53 lighthouse sites to view along with four museums and replicas along the way.

It measures 11 x 17 inches and gives the park name or civic address for each site.

Click on map to view or download a copy.



Nova Scotia has the largest number of lights of any province in Canada, and some of the oldest, including Sambro, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the Americas.

In this site you will find information about 185 lighthouses, past and present. Maps and searches let you cruise around the coast or organize your  visit by lighthouse category, name, county, date or tourist route. Sections of this site give you information about NSLPS, current lighthouse news, lighthouse sounds, reading lists, and more. This is not a static site as it will grow and change. So visit often!

Sambro Island Lighthouse in winter

All of Nova Scotia's lighthouses have been automated and de-staffed. Some are in the care of communities and are open to the public.  Others can be seen as you drive our coasts. The remainder are either remote and inaccessible or worse, lost to us, that is, no lighthouse or related buildings remain on site.  We have a complete sortable listing of lighthouses on "Lighthouse Lists."

Contact NSLPS

C/O Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water Street
Halifax NS, Canada B3J 1S3