Havre Boucher Front Range Light

Havre Boucher "Modular" Range Lights

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently decided that each of the 1879 range lights at Havre Boucher were beyond repair, due to major rot. In an effort to retain some of the heritage character of the site, Coast Guard carpenters based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island recently built a brand new “modular” lighthouse to replace the rear tower. It’s the first of its kind in Nova Scotia. The front tower is now a galvanized steel structure.

CBC television featured work on the rear tower in mid-March, and the CBC News website notes that “the Canadian Coast Guard has found a way to build a better beacon that will please both mariners and tourists.”

The new tower has a lightweight aluminum frame, sheathed with plywood and sided with vinyl that looks like cedar shingles. The tower preserves the look of a traditional wooden lighthouse, while cutting down on maintenance such as painting and repairs to rotten wood. The light was scheduled to be re-lit during the week of March 22nd.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Kathy Brown
Photo - © Lew Perry, Havre Boucher Front Range Light

Rear Range Light


Havre Boucher Range Lights Locator Map


HAVRE BOUCHER RANGE LIGHTS FRONT I - Light Details

  • Light Type: Front Range Light
  • Location: On southwest shore of harbour
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1879
  • Year Lit: 1879
  • Structure Type: Square wood tower, white
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed White (1941)
  • Tower Height: 032ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 036ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1883 - fixed white, catatropic lens, elevation listed at 37 feet
  • 1922 - 1941 - catatropic lens
  • 1941 - 1954 - replaced by second tower

HAVRE BOUCHER RANGE LIGHTS FRONT II - Light Details

  • Light Type: Front Range Light
  • Location: On southwest shore of harbour
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1945
  • Year Lit: 1945
  • Structure Type: Square wood tower, white
  • Tower Height: 029ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 043ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1941 - 1954 - replaced original tower of 1879
  • 1969 - replaced by present tower

HAVRE BOUCHER RANGE LIGHTS FRONT III - Light Details

  • Light Type: Front Range Light
  • Location: On southwest shore of harbour
  • 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: 1969
  • Year Lit: 1969
  • Structure Type: Square wood tower, white
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed Green (1992)
  • Tower Height: 021ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 031ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1969 - replaced second tower
  • 1973 - catatropic lens, automated by this date
  • 1992 - electric lantern

HAVRE BOUCHER RANGE LIGHTS FRONT IIII - Light Details

  • Light Type: Front Range Light
  • Location: On southwest shore of harbour
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1879
  • Year Lit: 1879
  • Structure Type: Square wood tower, white
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed White (1941)
  • Tower Height: 032ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 036ft feet above water level.

Highlights

  • County: Antigonish
  • Region: Northumberland Shore
  • Body of Water: Havre Boucher
  • Scenic Drive: Sunrise Trail
  • Site Access: Requires Hike
  • Characteristic: Fixed White (1941)
  • Tower Height: 032 ft
  • Height Above Water: 036 ft
  • Latitude: 45~40~55.2
  • Longitude: 61~31~37.6
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: No
  • Still Operating: No

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