In 2010, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reincarnated the historic Sydney Front Range Light. After replacing the Rear Tower with a metal structure in 2009, officials found the front tower was badly rotten. In order to maintain the site’s heritage character, DFO decided to build a replica of the 1905 structure (a twin to the Henry Island Lighthouse in Cape Breton). The tower’s iron lantern has been refurbished and installed on the new tower, which continues as an active aid to navigation. The replica tower was built using modern long-lasting materials.

Chris Mills. Photo - Courtesy Department of Fisheries and Oceans



  • Light Type: Front Range Light
  • Location: On end of Point Edward, west arm of 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 1993
  • Began: 1905
  • Year Lit: 1905
  • Structure Type: Octagonal wood tower, white, red stripe, red lantern
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed Yellow (1992)
  • Tower Height: 058ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 060ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1922 - catatropic lens, revolving white (8s), 53ft, 59ft, 13m
  • 1992 - electric lantern


  • County: CBRM
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of Water: Sydney Harbour
  • Scenic Drive: Marconi Trail
  • Site Access: By Car
  • Characteristic: Fixed Yellow (1992)
  • Tower Height: 058 ft
  • Height Above Water: 060 ft
  • Latitude: 46~10~48.6
  • Longitude: 60~15~00.7
  • 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