Western Head Lighthouse

Owned by the Government of Canada

Western Head was originally established as a foghorn station only. The current lighthouse, built in 1962, is a fine example of a late-in-time concrete building. Sadly, the wooden foghorn building was destroyed. The current electronic foghorn stands to the left of the lighthouse.


Fog Building

Western Head Fog Building and Keeper's House c. 1945.

This fog alarm building was erected in 1928. The first operator was Avery Curry. Carl Hatt, took it over in 1930 and operated it up until his death in 1959. His son, Doug, was his assistant from 1947 to 1959. "My father helped choose the site for the station. Lawrence Wentzell was the operator after my father's passing," said Doug. Shortly after that it was turned into a lighthouse as well as a fog alarm station and now only a light house. There were three houses there at one time but they were all moved to other locations. "

Remembering The Hatts, Lightkeepers at Western Head:

"I was so pleased to see pictures of the Western Head fog house. Hannah (Mrs. Hatt) was "Nanny Hatt" to us kids as we grew up. My parents, Ronald Frellick and Eva (Frellick) Burgess took us girls there to visit and spend fun times.

I loved hearing the fog horn and still listen for it when I take a drive out around the place. I can remember once that Carl took my younger sister Rhonda and I over to check things for the night and he let us sing on the radio. We did sing "It's raining, it's pouring... " and were very proud little gals.

Such good times were spent there. Seems strange with the buildings gone now. My sisters Nancy and Nina also have memories of the place."

Beverley (Frellick) Parker

Information from Doug Hatt and from the Queens County Times
Photo - © Courtesy Tim MacDonald

Western Head Lighthouse Locator Map

WESTERN HEAD - Light Details

  • Location: West side entrance to Liverpool Bay
  • 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: 1962
  • Year Lit: 1962
  • Structure Type: Octagonal concrete tower, white, red lantern
  • Light Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 050ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 064ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1930 - fog diaphone in operation

Lightkeepers for Western Head Lighthouse

  • Murphy, W.R.R (Roy) 1962-1978
  • Wentzell, Lawrence 1962-c.1976


  • County: Queens
  • Region: South Shore
  • Body of Water: Liverpool Bay
  • Scenic Drive: Lighthouse Route
  • Site Access: By Car
  • Characteristic: Flashing White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 050 ft
  • Height Above Water: 064 ft
  • Latitude: 43~59~20.8
  • Longitude: 64~39~44.5
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

Contact NSLPS


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1675 Lower Water Street
Halifax NS, Canada B3J 1S3