|| Victoria Beach, NS |
Victoria Beach Lighthouse was built in 1901 by John Roney on a parcel of land that was thirty meters back from the water and and nine meters above the high water mark. The white, wooden, pepper-shaker tower stands 9.4 meters tall with a red rood and was first put into operation on July 8, 1901 by James Hinds.
Victoria Beach was the terminus for the short-lived Pony Express in Nova Scotia that operated between February 1849 and the following November, when a telegraphy office was opened in Halifax. Upon the arrival of a steamer in Halifax from England, a rider was dispatched to start the 230 km journey from Halifax to Victoria Beach. From Victoria Beach, the messages were relayed via steamer to Saint John, where the news was telegraphed to New York via Bangor, Maine and Boston.
- Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries, various years.
- Lighthouses & Lights of Nova Scotia, E.H. Rip Irwin, 2003.
Located on the east side of Digby Gut.
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Instructions: The highway to Port Royal (Granville Road) diverts off of Route 1 just east of Annapolis Royal. Follow Granville Road for 23.5 km (14.7 miles), passing through Port Royal to Victoria Beach. Keep to the right at the Y in the road near Victoria Beach, and then 0.3 km past the Y, turn left down a steep hill to reach the Victoria Beach Lighthouse. Parking is available past the light at the government wharf. The light is visible from the Saint John - Digby Ferry.
The lighthouse is owned by the Canadian Coast Guard. Grounds open, tower closed.
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