The cape is marked by dramatic 200 m (660 ft) cliffs on its western side and 30 m (98 ft) cliffs on its southern side overlooking treacherous tidal currents in the Minas Channel.
The Cape was named by French explorers (Cape of Gold) because bright native copper deposits appeared golden. Most of the Cape is heavily forested, but the areas beside and above the lighthouse are cleared and grassy providing excellent long-distance views in good weather.
A steam-powered foghorn was established at Cape d'Or in 1875 and a square wooden lighthouse was added in 1922. The light is now automated and the former keeper's house is now maintained as a guesthouse for tourists.
- Atlantic Geoscience Society (2001)The Last Billion Years: A Geological History of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing.
- M.F. Sweetser (editor). "The Maritime Provinces: A Handbook for Travelers". James R. Osgood & Co., 1875. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
- "Cape d'Or", ' 'Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society' '
|This Cumberland County, Nova Scotia location article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|