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Louisbourg Lighthouse at sunrise – Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Photo taken September 2007

The Louisbourg Lighthouse is a historic Canadian lighthouse at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, and is the site of the first lighthouse in Canada.

Construction began on the lighthouse in 1730 to assist navigation to Fortress Louisbourg. It was completed in 1734. A fire in 1736 destroyed the lantern but the stone tower was unharmed and a new lantern was installed in 1738.1 Lighthouse Point played a decisive role in both sieges of Fortress Louisbourg as, once captured, it provided a commanding gun battery location to bombard the fortress. This lighthouse was badly damaged in 1758 during the Final Siege of Louisbourg and abandoned by the British after they demolished the fortress. Stonework ruins from the first tower are still visibile at the site.

The second lighthouse, a square wooden lighthouse with a black stripe was built by the government of Nova Scotia in 1842. The lighthouse was a large two and a half story wooden building supported by a massive masonry base. It included the keeper’s dwelling in the base of the light. A fog horn building was added in 1902. This lighthouse was destroyed by fire in 1922. The foundation remains visible today and has been excavated and stabilized by Parks Canada archaeologists.

The lighthouse today is an octagonal concrete lighthouse decorated with neoclassical architectural features. It was built in 1923. The tower is a twin of the Georges Island Lighthouse in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Louisbourg lighthouse was destaffed in 1990. The lighthouse is a popular lookoff point and in 2008 became the start of a coastal walking trail. Interpretive plaques mark the ruins of the previous lighthouses. (Source:Wikipedia)


Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ30; f/3.65 @ 1/60 sec; ISO 80; Focal length: 55mm (35mm equivalent)


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Placed 5th in the Top 10 of the September Avatar challenge in the All About Lighthouses group on 3 September 2011


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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Audrey

    – PhotosByHealy

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    Marvellous lighting, Gene! Lovely soft glow to this beautiful lighthouse!

  • Thanks Mike. This started as a great day, but soon after I shredded the side of a tire and had to try to locate someone to get the van towed and tire repaired. Oh did I mention that this was Labour Day?

    -Gene

    – PhotosByHealy

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    Oooh. Not fun! Not fun at all. But, if it’s any consolation, you did get a great pic out of it!

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Leslie for this honour. It is greatly appreciated.

    -Gene

    – PhotosByHealy

  • Jay Morgan
    Jay Morganover 3 years ago

    Very lovely colors Illuminating the structure

  • Thank you, Jay. I appreciate the comments.

    -Gene

    – PhotosByHealy

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work… Congratulations you Placed in the Top Ten!!!
    *September Avatar* Challenge
    All About Lighthouses

  • Thank you for letting me know.

    -Gene

    – PhotosByHealy

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work… Congratulations on your feature September 5th 2011!

  • I greatly appreciate this honour, Evita. Thank you.

    -Gene

    – PhotosByHealy

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellover 2 years ago

  • Thank you, Marilyn. – Gene

    – PhotosByHealy

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