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 Burntcoat Head, NS    
Lighthouse accessible by car and a short, easy walk.
Description: The Burntcoat or Burncoat Head Lighthouse was originally built in 1859. Due to erosion caused by what are considered to be the highest tides in the world fluctuating up to 16.6 meters, the square wooden structure eventually ended up on an eroded piece of land that could only be accessed by climbing up a bank with a ladder.

In 1913, the original lighthouse was torn down and replaced by a new square wooden dwelling, surmounted by an iron lantern, built 152 meters to the east.

William Faulkner became keeper of the Burntcoat Head Lighthouse on August 1, 1874, replacing the light's first keeper, Nathan Smith who retired. Six different Faulkners would serve at the lighthouse, with the final one being Ervin Faulkner (1949-1960).

The 1913 Burntcoat Lighthouse was purposely burned down in 1972 and replaced with a skeleton mast, then discontinued altogether a few years later. In 1992 a community group built a replica of the 1913 light which opened in 1995.

Today the lighthouse and grounds are part of Burntcoat Head Park, which is open to the public. At low tide one can walk onto the mud flats for a spectacular view which is well worth the price of getting ones shoes and pants muddy.


  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 on the southeast side of Minas Basin along the Glooscap Trail at Burntcoat.
Latitude: 45.311364
Longitude: -63.805965

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Travel Instructions: Take the Burncoat Road Loop off Route 215 which from Noel is a right turn and from Minasville is a left run. The final road to the lighthouse is located 5.3 km (3.3 miles) along Burntcoat Road from Noel and 2.9 km (1.8 miles) from Minasville. Note: When approaching from Minasville, Burncoat Loop road is not marked. The lighthouse is open from May to mid-October.

The lighthouse is owned by the Municipality of East Hants. Grounds open, tower open in season.

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