Courtesy Historical Association of Annapolis Royal Actors in historical costumes in front of the Annapolis Royal Lighthouse.

Annapolis Royal lighthouse

Owned by "The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal"

For local tourist information, go to their Facebook Page or website Tour Annapolis Royal


The historic lighthouse in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, is located in the heart of one of Canada's largest National Historic Districts. It was built in 1889 on the site of the old Government House (the residence of the garrison engineer) which burned in 1833. The light is shown at an elevation of 30 feet (9.1 m) from a white square tower, 28 feet (8.5 m) high, situated on the main street. It continues to be a functioning lighthouse, with a heat-sensor light that comes on at night and goes off during the day. It shines brightly only about 90 miles away from the half-way mark between the equator and the North Pole.

The Annapolis Royal lighthouse is owned and operated by The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal and serves as the headquarters for their award-winning National Historic District and Acadian Heritage tours.

Sailing Directions, Nova Scotia (Atlantic Coast) and Bay of Fundy, First Edition, 1990, Dept of Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa, Canada; The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal; Kathy Brown.
Photo Courtesy The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal

Light Details

  • Location: South shore of river, downtown, northeast of pier
  • Standing: This light is still standing.
  • Operating: This light is operational
  • Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
  • Began: 1889
  • Year Lit: 1889
  • Structure Type: Tapered square wood tower, white, red lantern Light

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1922 - 1941 - 6th order dioptric lens, fixed red, 7m
  • 1922 & 1941 - position slightly different from 1992 position
  • 1948 - alteration of some form, maybe moved
  • 1992 - 6th order dioptric lens


  • County: Annapolis
  • Region: Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley
  • Body of Water: Annapolis River
  • Scenic Drive: Evangeline Trail
  • Site Access: By Car
  • Characteristic: Fixed Red (1992)
  • Tower Height: 028 ft
  • Height Above Water: 030 ft
  • Latitude: 44~44~39.6
  • Longitude: 65~31~11.8
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

Contact NSLPS

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