Low Point Lighthouse

Owned by the Government of Canada

For more information, go to Low Point Lighthouse Society  on Facebook.

View No Ka Oi Drone Video - Low Point Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada

Low Point is an octagonal concrete tower, 72 feet (20.8m) high, painted white, with a red painted iron lantern. The lantern is from the original Chance Bros. Fresnel lens. The lens has been removed.


Photo - © Chris Mills, Low Point Lighthouse


The first lighthouse was an octagonal wood tower, 69 feet high, with red and white stripes, It had a round iron lantern and a 3rd order double bullseye lens manufactured in France by Barbier, Benard et Turenne. a red lantern. This lighthouse was replaced in 1936 by the current concrete tower, but the original lantern and lens were retained.

The Lighthouse Today

Low Point boasts the only remaining circular lantern in Nova Scotia; built by Chance Brothers, England's famous builders of lenses and lanterns. It is also one of the few lightstations to retain its keeper's home. The lighthouse was automated and de-staffed in 1988. By 2002, the vacant keeper's house had been badly vandalized and the Canadian Coast Guard wanted to destroy it. Due to the efforts of a member of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society, the Sydney Harbour Fortification Society became interested in saving the keeper's house and opening it to the public. By December of that year an agreement had been made between the Atlantic Lighthouse Council (ALC),and the Canadian Coast Guard for the house to be leased by ALC and restored and administered by the Sydney Harbour Fortification Society. Repairs have been made, but the house is not open to the public.

At the end of May,2003, vandals broke into the lighthouse. Seventeen panes of curved glass, mostly original, were broken in the lantern. In addition, the fog director was smashed, as well as several other window panes. A battery was dropped through the lens of a spare DCB-36 optic (airport beacon) stored on the site. A fire set in the keeper's house did not do much damage.The lantern was soon repaired using acrylic panels instead of glass, to prevent further breakage.

Since de-staffing, there has been a history of vandalism at this site, but nothing comparable to this. It is heartbreaking for the group working to preserve this important site to have irresponsible people from the local community commit such thoughtless acts. Sadly, it is an example of what has happened to lighthouses across Nova Scotia since de-staffing.

Location Map

Located on a point at the entrance to Sydney Harbour, the ferries to Newfoundland pass this lighthouse every day.

Keeper`s House

This photograph, taken in 1988, shows the second lighthouse, a concrete tower, built in 1938, crowned by the iron lantern which originally housed a dioptric lens. On the right is the keeper's house built in the 1950's. It has been restored and is in the care of a community non-profit group.

Photo - © Chris Mills

LOW POINT I - Light Details

  • Location: Northeast entrance to Sydney Harbour
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1832
  • Year Lit: 1832
  • Structure Type: Octagonal wood tower, red & white stripes, red lantern
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1922)
  • Tower Height: 069ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 075ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1857 - fixed white, fountain lamp
  • 1903 - steam fog whistle established
  • 1922 - 3rd order dioptric lens, group flashing white (5s), steam fog whistle
  • 1930 - 69ft, may be different, fog signal operated from seperate building

LOW POINT II - Light Details

  • Location: Northeast entrance to Sydney 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 1988
  • Began: 1938
  • Year Lit: 1938
  • Structure Type: Octagonal concrete tower, white
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 072ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 078ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1938 - replaced original tower of 1832
  • 1992 - flashing white (5s), electric lantern

Lightkeepers for Low Point Lighthouse

McNab, Robert XXXX1857XX


  • County: CBRM
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of Water: Sydney Harbour
  • Scenic Drive: Marconi Trail
  • Site Access: By Car
  • Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 072 ft
  • Height Above Water: 078 ft
  • Latitude: 46~16~01.5
  • Longitude: 60~07~32.9
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

Contact NSLPS


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