One of Canada's most remote outposts, Sable Island is a long, slender, sandy island located in the open Atlantic about 150 km (95 mi) southeast of mainland Nova Scotia and about 240 km (150 mi) east of Halifax. The island is crescent shaped and nearly 42 km (26 mi) long, but nowhere more than 2 km (1.25 mi) wide. Low and sandy, the island is migrating rapidly eastward, about 60 m (200 ft) per year. Since the lighthouses were automated in 1960 there have been no long-term residents on the island, but Environment Canada maintains a staff at all times at its Sable Island Station. The island is attached administratively to Halifax County, Nova Scotia.
Rip Irwin's book, Lighthouses and Lights of Nova Scotia (Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 2003) is an essential reference for understanding these lighthouses.
Lighthouses in Canada are maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard, a unit of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume J of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 110.
Sable Island West End Light
Canadian Coast Guard photo
Information available on lost lighthouses:
Notable faux lighthouses:
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Posted June 2003 as part of the Nova Scotia page. Checked and revised June 23, 2012. Lighthouses: 2. Site copyright 2012 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.