|Bear River, NS|
Description: The 1905 Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries contains the following information on the construction of the Bear River Lighthouse.
A lighthouse was erected on Winchester Point, western side of entrance to Bear River, south side of Annapolis Basin, and was put into operation on May 1, 1905.William Hunt was appointed the first keeper of the Bear River Lighthouse on April 10, 1905 at an annual salary of $150.
When built, the lighthouse was situated in an open area, but it is now surrounded by dense woods. A great view of the light can be had for those traveling west on Highway 101. As you approach a bridge and an abandoned railroad trestle, the light sits on the right, high above the Bear River.
On December 14, 2009, the Digby Town Council voted in favor of acquiring the Bear River Lighthouse, while having the Bear River Lighthouse Society, formed in 2002 to care for the structure, still manage the property. Ownership of the lighthouse could be handed over to the municipality from Transportation Canada as early as spring 2010.
Located on Winchester Point on the western side of the entrance to the Bear River, along the Evangeline Trail. The lighthouse is owned by the Municipality of the District of Digby. Grounds open, tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Municipality of the District of Digby. Grounds open, tower closed.
Pictures on this page copyright Kraig Anderson, used by permission.