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 Hampton, NS    
Lighthouse accessible by car and a short, easy walk.Lighthouse open for climbing.Interior open or museum on site.
Hampton Lighthouse with pier
Photograph courtesy Nova Scotia Archives and Records
Hampton Lighthouse is a white wooden pepper-shaker tower standing 10.1 meters tall and topped with a red roof. The tower was built in 1911 by Joseph Marshall under a contract to J. F. Titus for $585. Thomas Burton served as the first keeper, but was soon replaced by Herbert Foster.

The lighthouse overlooks picturesque Chute Cove where, depending on the tide, vessels bob lazily on the water or rest on the gravel bottom. The surrounding evergreens have matured until they virtually obscure the light from the water.

In 2001, ownership of Hampton Lighthouse was transferred from the from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to the Hampton Lighthouse Society. This was just the second lighthouse in Canada to be transferred under the 96-1 Directive (Cape Forchu was the first). On November 15, 2007, the Hampton Lighthouse was designated a Provincial Heritage Property which ensures the lighthouse will not be structurally modified and also helps in obtaining funding. The name of the organization was changed to the Hampton Lighthouse and Historical Society in 2008 to better reflect its mission.


  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 waterfront in Hampton, along the Evangeline Trail.
Latitude: 44.906058
Longitude: -65.35022

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

Travel Instructions: Turn off Highway 101 at Exit 20 and continue west on Route 1 for 1.8 km (1.1 miles) to Church Street in Bridgetown. Turn right onto Church Street, which turns into Hampton Mountain Road, and continue for 9.4 km (5.9 miles) to a stop sign. Turn left onto Shore Road, drive for 0.9 km (0.6 miles), and then make a right turn onto Hampton Wharf Road. You will find the Hampton Lighthouse on the right after 0.3 km (0.2 miles). Parking is at the base of the hill adjacent to the wharf.

The Hampton Lighthouse and Historical Society opens the lighthouse from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from July through mid-September.

The lighthouse is owned by the Hampton Lighthouse and Historical Society. Grounds/tower open.

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