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 Sambro Island, NS    
Lighthouse best viewed by boat or plane.Photogenic lighthouse or setting.

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Location: Located on Sambro Island, about 8 km (5 miles) southwest of the entrance to Halifax Harbour.
Latitude: 44.4367
Longitude: -63.5633

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Travel Instructions: Sambro Island Lighthouse is visible in the distance from Chebucto Head. Trips to the lighthouse are occasionally offered by the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society. We visited the island with Skipper Dave's Charters out of Sambro Head. The massive first-order Fresnel Lens used at the lighthouse until 1968 can be seen at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax.

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

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Notes from a friend:

Kraig writes:
We visited the lighthouse in late August 2008, just two weeks before one of the two remaining keeper's dwellings was lost to arson. The lighthouse had just been painted earlier that summer, so it turns out the timing for our visit was quite fortunate. Sambro Island, home to the oldest operating lighthouse in the Americas, is a great place to visit. It would be great if a volunteer caretaker program could be established in the remaining residence before it too is lost. A third keeper's dwelling was moved off the island years ago and is used as a private residence in Sambro.

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