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 Parrsboro, NS    
A hike of some distance required.
Description: The first Parrsboro Lighthouse, an octagonal wooden tower with an attached dwelling, was built in 1852 at the end of the sand spit near the entrance to the harbour at Parrsboro. James R. Howard served as the first keeper.

A separate structure, measuring forty by sixteen feet, was located next to the dwelling and served as and oil room and stable. On November 23 and 24, 1873 a violent storm washed away roughly one hundred feet of protective work around the station. Due to its exposed location, the lighthouse was routinely threatened by storms.

John H. Newcomb was appointed keeper in July 1874, following the death of Keeper William Armstrong.

The original tower eventually succumb to erosion around 1945 and was replaced by a beacon atop a skeletal tower until the present lighthouse, a square tower rising from the corner of a one-story building, was constructed in 1980. Ronald A. Wood kept the light from 1963 until it was unmanned in 1987.

Fixed green light.
Information on Parrsboro Lighthouse
History Light Characteristics Focal Height Nominal Range Description/Height of tower above ground
First light here established in 1852. 8.4 m. 10 M White square tower. 6.4 m. (20.5)


  1. Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries, various years.
  2. Lighthouses & Lights of Nova Scotia, E.H. Rip Irwin, 2003.

Location: Located at the end of a breakwater, on the western side of the entrance to Parrsboro Harbour.
Latitude: 45.3874
Longitude: -64.3156

For a larger map of Parrsboro Lighthouse, click the lighthouse in the above map or get a map from: Mapquest.

Travel Instructions: From Route 2 (Glooscap Trail) in Parrsboro, go south on Main Street. For the best view of the lighthouse without walking the breakwater, turn left onto Two Island Road, and once across the bridge, turn right onto Pier Road and continue to its end. To walk the breakwater, from Main Street continue south passing the Ship's Company Theatre. The road will then become Whitehall Road. Continue on Whitehall Road and then turn left onto Lighthouse Road. The breakwater can be accessed from the end of Lighthouse Road, though parking there is not permitted.

The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.

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