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Cape Sharp Lighthouse

Original Cape Sharpe Lighthouse with attached dwelling
Photograph courtesy Sue-Ellyn Eldridge
According to the 1885 edition of Sailing Directions for the South-East Coast of Nova Scotia and Bay of Fundy, “Cape Sharp derives its names from a remarkably sharp eminence, 300 feet high, with which it terminates.” Cape Sharp and Cape Split, extending from the opposite shore and just 2 2/3 miles distant from Cape Sharp, define the narrowest part of the entrance to Minas Basin.

The first Cape Sharp Lighthouse was a square white wooden tower, thirty-four feet tall, attached to a two-story dwelling and went into service on November 1, 1886 with Robert J. Ward as its keeper. A sixth-order lens was used in the lantern room to produce a fixed red light that could be seen from a distance of ten miles.

On March 1, 1904, a fog signal was activated at Cape Sharp that gave blasts of 3 ½ second’s duration every minute. Built under contract by A. H. Dyer of Parrsboro for $1,307, the fog alarm building was a rectangular wooden structure with a red roof and was located 225 feet from the lighthouse with a horn projecting from its seaward face at an elevation of forty-five feet above high water mark. The Canadian Fog Signal of Toronto supplied the machinery for $2,400.

The present lighthouse, a pepper-shaker-style white tower with a red lantern room, was constructed in 1973 along with a dwelling for the keeper, who at that time was Victor Elliott. Victor and his wife Betty served for around twenty years at Cape Sharp. Kevin Harvey took charge of the light from Victor Elliott in 1985 and remained at the station until it was destaffed in 1988. Johnson McPhee of Parrsboro purchased the keeper's dwelling, cut it in half, and hauled it up over Cape Split Road. The home is now located on West Bay Road, roughly two kilometres west of the Ottawa House.

Head Keepers: Robert J. Ward (1886 – 1893), Elisha Phinney (1893 – 1902), Freeman Yorke (1902 – 1913), J.E. George (1913 - 1926), G.E. George (1926 – 1927), R.E. George (1927 – 1935), C.M. George (1935 – 1936), Norman Morton Durrant (1936 – 1954), Albert Stanley Green (1963 – ), Victor Elliott (1965 – 1985), Kevin Harvey (1985 – 1988).


  1. Lighthouses & Lights of Nova Scotia, E.H. Rip Irwin, 2003.

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