Cape George Lighthouse, Northumberland Strait

For local tourist information, go to  Cape-George-Point-Lighthouse .

The first light, erected in 1861, was a square white wooden tower. In 1908, it was replaced by an octagonal wood tower, painted white, with a circular red metal lantern.

The current light, the third on the site, is the octagonal concrete tower built in 1968 shown in the image above. It is 45 feet (14 m) high with a group flashing white (12s) electric light. The lighthouse stands on a high cliff above the strait.

Photo - Courtesy Cape George Lighthouse Society

Cape George Lighthouse

Located on the Northumberland Strait
Cape George Light stands on the precipitous 660 foot (183 m) headland of the same name at the entrance to St. Georges Bay.


CAPE GEORGE I (NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT) - Light Details

  • Location: End of point, west entrance to St. George's Bay
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1861
  • Year Lit: 1861
  • Structure Type: Lantern on roof of wood dwelling, white
  • Light Characteristic: Revolving White (1883)
  • Tower Height: 039ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 350ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1883 - 2nd order lens, revolving white (30s)
  • 1908 - replaced by second tower

CAPE GEORGE II (NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT) - Light Details

  • Location: End of point, west entrance to St. George's Bay
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1993
  • Began: 1908
  • Year Lit: 1908
  • Structure Type: Octagonal wood tower, white, circular red metal lantern
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1941)
  • Tower Height: 044ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 360ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1908 - replaced original tower of 1861
  • 1922 - 1941 - 3rd order dioptric lens, group flashing white (7.5s)
  • 1955 - 1966 - same tower, elevation 396ft
  • 1968 - replaced by present tower

CAPE GEORGE III (NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT) - Light Details

  • Location: End of point, west entrance to St. George's Bay
  • Standing: This light is still standing.
  • Operating: This light is operational
  • Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1993
  • Began: 1968
  • Year Lit: 1968
  • Structure Type: Octagonal concrete tower, white, red lantern
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 045ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 404ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1968 - replaced second tower of 1908
  • 1992 - electric lantern, group flashing white (12s)

Highlights

  • County: Antigonish
  • Region: Northumberland Shore
  • Body of Water: St. George's Bay
  • Scenic Drive: Sunrise Trail
  • Site Access: By Car
  • Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 045 ft
  • Height Above Water: 404 ft
  • Latitude: 45~52~26.8
  • Longitude: 61~54~01.8
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

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