Kidston Island Lighthouse

Owned by the Village of Baddeck

Lights are situated on both ends of Kidston Island. The NE light is a white square towerat an elevation of 14.6m (48ft); the SW light, at an elevation of 11.5m (38ft) is a white circular tower with red bands.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: "Sailing Directions, Nova Scotia (Atlantic Coast) and Bay of Fundy," First Edition, 1990, Dept of Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa, Canada
Photo - © Kathy Brown, Kidston Island Lighthouse, 2002

Kidston Island Lighthouse Locator Map

KIDSTON ISLAND - Light Details

  • Location: Northeast point of island, entrance to Baddeck
  • Standing: This light is still standing.
  • Operating: This light is operational
  • Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1960
  • Began: 1875
  • Year Lit: 1875
  • Structure Type: Square wood tower, white, octagonal red lantern
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed Red (1922)
  • Tower Height: 050ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 048ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1908 - alteration of some form
  • 1922 - 4th order dioptric lens
  • 1930 - listed at 50ft, fog horn in answer to vessels
  • 1941 - in operation


  • County: Victoria
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of Water: Baddeck Harbour
  • Scenic Drive: Bras d'Or Lakes Scenic Drive
  • Site Access: By Boat
  • Characteristic: Fixed Red (1922)
  • Tower Height: 050 ft
  • Height Above Water: 048 ft
  • Latitude: 46~05~53.3
  • Longitude: 60~44~31.3
  • Off Shore: Yes
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

Contact NSLPS

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