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 Fisherman's Harbour, NS    
Lighthouse destroyed.
Description: In the spring of 2011, the historic wooden Fisherman's Harbour Lighthouse was dismantled and burned on the shore as locals reportedly stood and watched aghast.

Edward M. Langille wrote into a local paper asking how the federal government was "allowed to disfigure the natural and traditional beauty of our seacoast." He also provided the following description of the lighthouse.

For those not acquainted with the village of Fishermanís Harbour, the former lighthouse was a pretty white wooden frame structure set on a spit of gravel and rock at the entrance to the harbour. It was a small lighthouse, almost a miniature. It was a charming landmark.

The effect of that humble building against the dramatic backdrop of sky and the rugged seacoast was quintessential Nova Scotia, a painterís dream, the kind of picture seen on a tourist brochure.

The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society was apparently aware of the planned destruction of the lighthouse, but with so many lighthouses dotting the province's shore, the society simply doesn't have enough resources to save every lighthouse.

A modern tower was erected to replace the wooden lighthouse.

Location: Located on the western extremity of Shingle Beach on the south side of Fisherman's Harbour.
Latitude: 45.111667
Longitude: -61.678083

For a larger map of Fisherman's Harbour Lighthouse, click the lighthouse in the above map.

Travel Instructions: Just north of Port Bickerton on Route 211 (Marine Drive), turn right onto Fisherman's Harbour Road and drive 4.3 km (2.7 miles) to its end. You can view Fisherman's Harbour Light from the government wharf or take a path from the cemetery that leads out to the tower.

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

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