Cape d'Or

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Cape d'Or Lighthouse

Cape d'Or is a headland located near Advocate, Nova Scotia on the Bay of Fundy coast of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Cape d'Or is located in Cumberland County and is a continuation of the North Mountain tholeiitic basalt formation.[1] The cape marks the north point of the entrance to the Minas Basin.

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.[2] 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.

The Lighthouse[edit]

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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Atlantic Geoscience Society (2001)The Last Billion Years: A Geological History of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing.
  2. ^ M.F. Sweetser (editor). "The Maritime Provinces: A Handbook for Travelers". James R. Osgood & Co., 1875. Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Cape d'Or", ' 'Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society' '

Coordinates: 45°17′27″N 64°46′27.5″W / 45.29083°N 64.774306°W / 45.29083; -64.774306