Georges Island Lighthouse

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Georges Island Lighthouse

Location: on Georges Island in Halifax Harbour near Halifax, NS
Body of Water: Halifax Harbour

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

About Georges Island Lighthouse


The location of the light is on Georges Island in Halifax Harbour. The nearest city is Halifax, NS. The station was first established in 1875. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1919.

The lighthouse is a white octagonal concrete tower with a red lantern..

The tower has a fixed white light at a focal plane height of 56 ft above mean high water. The tower height is 52 ft.

Open to the Public?: No    Active?: Yes

The first lighthouse here was lit in 1876 with two fixed white lights. In 1889, a fog bell was transferred to the site. In 1903, the light was changed to a flashing red light. In 1916, the 1876 lighthouse was destroyed by fire. A temporary light was put in place until the 1919 light was lit.

The current lighthouse is a range light for Halifax Harbour. The other range light is on a skeleton tower and exhibits an occulting white light.

The island was originally Snowshoe Island. In 1749 it was renamed George Island. It was changed to Georges Island in 1963. The island has served as a military fort and garrison since the British founded the city in 1749 through World War II. It also served as a camp to hold Acadians from 1755-1763 as they were being deported during the French and Indian War. It is planned that Georges Island will eventually be open to the public.

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 6:04 am
Sunrise: 7:47 am
Sunset: 5:03 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 6:46 pm

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