South Shore Lighthouse Route - Peggy's Cove Tourism Nova Scotia _ Photographer_ Acorn Art Photography

Lighthouse Lovers

We here on Nova Scotia’s South Shore are tried and true lighthouse lovers. They have always stood as a beacon – a steady guide for shipping vessels, a signal of hope for wayward ships. Over the centuries they’ve evolved. At first, no two lighthouses would be painted the same so that their colour pattern would serve as navigation by day as would their one-of-kind light patterns at night.

Eventually, the lighthouse keepers and their families gave way to modern technologies and computerized capabilities. But even after the hundreds and hundreds of years since our first lighthouse was built back in back in 1788 folks still look towards the stalwart lighthouses that dot Nova Scotia’s South Shore – loyal lights for seafarers and lovely landmarks for visitors and locals alike.

And while there’s much for lighthouse lovers to marvel at from our blue Atlantic waters, there’s plenty of ways to experience them all as you travel along our legendary Lighthouse Route. Take a trip along the winding stretch as it hugs the coastline from Peggy’s Cove at the tip all the way south to Woods Harbour. You’ll find the link to our complete list of our lighthouses below – be sure to note while some are accessible by car others are only on foot but all of them are remarkable and without question not to be missed.


For a complete list of all the lovely lighthouses on Nova Scotia’s South Shore click here.

For a complete listing of all Nova Scotia lighthouses and historical details, visit

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