Henry Island Lighthouse

The building is a red and white vertically striped octagonal timber tower, 56 feet (17 m) high. The light is a white flash and is electric.

Light Details

  • Location: West side of island, 6km off Port Hood
  • Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1993
  • Began: 1902
  • Year Lit: 1902
  • Engineer: Joseph MacDonald
  • Structure Type: Octagonal wood tower, white & red vertical stripes

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1902 - built at a cost of $3,489, when built 53ft, 22m, catatropic lens
  • 1922 - 1941 - catatropic lens, group flashing white (30s), 53ft, 240ft
  • 1966 - 4th order dioptric lens installed
  • 1985 - electrified
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Contributor: Kathy Brown
Photographs: Courtesy Bertie Smith
Sources: NSLPS Database, List of Lights 1989, Gulf and River St. Lawrence Pilot, 1985.


The engineer for the building of the light, which cost $3,489, was Joseph MacDonald. Originally it had a catatropic lens which was changed to a 4th order dioptric lens in 1966.

The light was electrified in 1985. It is now solarized, automated and unwatched.

The Light Today

Henry Island has been privately owned since 1992. The lightkeeper's house, which had been completely vandalized has been restored to its original condition. The surrounding area has been cleared and grassed. The light is still maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard.

The island is maintained by the Henry Island Preservation Society, an Affiliate Member of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society. Trips can be made to the island by appointment. Landings are always weather permitting.

Contact: Donald MacDonald, president of the Henry Island Lighthouse Preservation Society,
Port Hood Island, NS, B0E 2W0.
Telephone (902) 631-3740

More about Henry Island Lighthouse on the Henry Island Preservation Society Website.

Henry Island Lighthouse Locator Map

The light is located on the summit of Henry Island.

Lightkeepers for Henry Island Lighthouse

McLennan, John A. 1903-19XX


  • County: Inverness
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of Water: Northumberland Strait
  • Scenic Drive: Ceilidh Trail
  • Site Access: By Boat
  • Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 038 ft
  • Height Above Water: 200 ft
  • Latitude: 45~58~37.6
  • Longitude: 61~35~59.4
  • Off Shore: Yes
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: Yes

Contact NSLPS


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