Baccarro Point Lighthouse

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Perched at the edge of the ocean, this lighthouse is an important seabird watching site.
Baccaro is the oldest place name in Nova Scotia. It comes from the Basque word, Baccolaos, cod-fish. Baccaro point is the most southerly point of mainland Nova Scotia. (Cape Sable off Cape Sable Island is the furthest south.) In 1852 the materials for the first lighthouse were hauled along the beach - there being no road. Today the tall, square building stands fast on its bed of solid rock.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Information from Lauren Muise.

Baccaro Point Lighthouse Locator Map


Lantern

This view shows details of the aluminum lantern and siding.

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BACCARO POINT I - Light Details

  • Location: East side Barrington Bay, 2 miles from Port Latour
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1850
  • Date Lit: Jan 16, 1851
  • Year Lit: 1851
  • Structure Type: Square tower, white, attached to square building, white
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1922)
  • Tower Height: 035ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 049ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1870, 1882 - alterations during these years
  • 1883 - catatropic lens, black ball on seaward face, fixed red, 12m
  • 1922 - catatropic long focus lens, group flashing white (20s), hand fog horn
  • 1930 - hand fog horn - 1934 - destroyed by fire, replaced

BACCARO POINT II - Light Details

  • Location: East side Barrington Bay, 2 miles from Port Latour
  • Standing: This light is still standing.
  • Operating: This light is operational
  • Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1986
  • Began: 1934
  • Year Lit: 1934
    Structure Type: Tapered square wood tower, white, red lanternLight
  • Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 045ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 052ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1934 - replaced original tower of 1850, destroyed by fire
  • 1941 - catatropic long focus lens, flashing white (45s), 42ft, 44ft
  • 1961 - 1964 - height reduced from 54 feet to 52 feet between these years
  • 1992 - electric, mercury vapour lantern, flashing white (10s), fog horn

Lightkeepers for Baccaro Point Lighthouse

  • Nickerson, W. Trueman 1850 - 1XXX
  • Smith, Jas. S. XXX1857XX
  • Crowell, Victor XXXX

Highlights

  • County: Shelburne
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of Water: Barrington Bay
  • Scenic Drive: Lighthouse Route
  • Site Access: By Car
  • Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 045 ft
  • Height Above Water: 052 ft
  • Latitude: 43~26~59
  • Longitude: 65~28~15
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

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