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 area beside and above the lighthouse are cleared and grassy providing excellent long-distance views in good weather.
A steam powered fog horn was established at Cape d'Or in 1875 and a square wooden lighthouse was added in 1922.
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