North Canso Lighthouse

North Canso Lighthouse Locator Map


NORTH CANSO I - Light Details

  • Location: West side of north entrance to Canso Locks
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1842
  • Year Lit: 1842
  • Structure Type: Lantern on roof of square wood dwelling, white
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1922)
  • Tower Height: 035ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 110ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1857 - fixed white, Argand lamps, catatropic lens
  • 1922 - catatropic long focus lens, flashing white (5s)
  • 1933 - alteration
  • 1962 - 1968 - replaced by fibreglass tower

NORTH CANSO II - Light Details

  • Location: West side of north entrance to Canso Locks
  • 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: c. 1965
  • Year Lit: c. 1965
  • Structure Type: Circular fiberglass tower, white, two red bands, no lantern
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1922)
  • Tower Height: 034ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 125ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1962 - 1968 - replaced original tower of 1842
  • 1992 - electric lantern, mercury vapour, flashing white (3s)

Lightkeepers for North Canso Lighthouse

McKay, George XXXX1857XX

Highlights

  • County: Antigonish
  • Region: Northumberland Shore
  • Body of Water: Strait of Canso
  • Scenic Drive: Sunrise Trail
  • Site Access: By Car
  • Characteristic: Flashing White (1922)
  • Tower Height: 034 ft
  • Height Above Water: 125 ft
  • Latitude: 45~41~29.8
  • Longitude: 61~29~18.1
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

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