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Cape Sable Lighthouse

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john c wrote a review Aug. 2018
Ottawa, Canada94 contributions45 helpful votes
Every year there are two weekend sbin a row when 100s of visitors are brought over to the small island off the shore of Cape Sable Island. Participants are invited to give a moderate donation for the 10 min. boat crossing. This donation is used to subsidize the fuel costs for the passage donation and to upkeep the volunteer maintained island facilities. Besides being able to go up to the highest lighthouse in Nova Scotia, you are free to spend the day strolling on a phenomenal beach. Well worth the visit. At it her times during the year you can get on the island for about $12 by calling a local fisherman whoes number is on a sign at fishery at the tip of the Hawk. Bring a picnic, some drinking water, sunscreen, a hat for your head and be prepared to have a lovely day of exploration and peace of mind.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Peyts69 wrote a review Sep. 2015
Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada219 contributions62 helpful votes
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An absolutely stunning place. Truly breathtaking. A combination of taking a step back in time, a leap away from stress, and a hop, skip and jump from almost anything I've ever experienced in life. This pleasant encounter began with booking the water taxi, so-to-speak, before I even left the city for Shelburne County. In making contact with "Friends of the Cape Sable Lighthouse" on Facebook, I was advised to call the town mayer, Leigh, as he would gladly take me over to the island. (Yes, you read that correctly... the mayor will take you on his boat. Pretty awesome.) As it turned out, the mayor was unavailable at my planned time, so he recommended I contact Leslie Smith. Well, well, well... what can I say about good Mr. Les Smith? To be honest, whatever I try to accomplish with words will fall well short of the describing the personality, character and aura of this man. He truly is one-of-a-kind, and I mean that in the best possible way. While Les transported me over to the island via his small boat, he provided geographical information, a history of the area and personal memories from his childhood. It was a very cool trip, whereby I not only got to know the area, but I got to know the people. The island itself is amazing. There is a huge, beautiful sandbar on one side, where the water is the turquoise colour you'd be accustomed to seeing in the Caribbean. At the other end of our boat landing-point was the Cape Sable Island Lighthouse, which is the tallest lighthouse in Nova Scotia. And let me tell you... what a beauty! It is obviously being lovingly cared for by its lighthouse society and many of those in the community. The paint looked fresh, the light & lens were operating like clockwork and the lighthouse could mistakenly be taken as vintage, but brand new. I found myself standing in awe of it for a while. It is truly a special site. I spent quite a bit of time capturing the lighthouse, the beach, the other landscape and the wild sheep via my drone, which was a real treat. I imagine this place could be extremely windy and foggy at times, but the day during my visit was as ideal as it gets. Oh, and yeah, I said wild sheep. They are all over the island. And they have a personality all of their own as well... quite a cool bunch. There are two small cottages on the island; the doors are left unlocked, and there is an expectation that if you are on the island and stop by, you come inside and sign the guest book for each. Again, a place quite like no other. At the end of the visit, Les took me on a fun boat tour of the coast around The Hawk and Clark's Harbour. An absolutely amazing visit. So would I recommend this place? Let's just say that giving it a 5-out-of-5 rating really doesn't do it justice. The community is quaint and inviting. The residents are the open, cordial, honest type that I fear are becoming extinct in most other corners. The landscape of the island is amazing. And the lighthouse... oh my, the lighthouse... a true spectacle, especially to those who appreciate them. I bow and take my hat off to the Friends of the Cape Sable Island Lighthouse, and to all others, who have bonded to ensure this historical marker is kept in top form. I love this place. And you can mark my words... I will return. Note: You can see my TripAdvisor reviews of several lighthouses In Nova Scotia (and eventually abroad), as I am endeavouring to visit and photograph them all in this province, as well as obtain drone footage of most lighthouses for a video series on my YouTube channel. Inside hint #1: Wear comfortable, appropriate shoes that you don't mind getting a tad messed. As I said, there are wild sheep on the island. They feed off kelp, which I imagine is both healthy and loaded in fibre. ;-) Inside hint #2: I received authority from Les to share his contact information on here. As such, if you are looking for a ride to the island, I give my highest of recommendations to calling Mr. Les Smith, or his bride Lois, at 902-745-3377. He accepts a donation for his time and gas. (In my opinion, you are just being cheap if you give him less than $20.) Inside hint #3: Put this on your bucket list. You can thank me later.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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Response from lsymonds, Friends of the Cape Sable Lighthouse at Cape Sable Lighthouse
Responded Sep. 19, 2015
Thank you for your wonderful review and the amazing pictures you posted. We are very proud of our little islet that we affectionately call "The Cape" and the lighthouse that guides our fishermen home - yes, even with all their modern navigational aids, they still look for its light and know they are near home and find comfort in that. I am thrilled that you had such a great day for a visit and that you had a good time with our wonderful "ambassador" Leslie Smith. He is as much a treasure to our community as the lighthouse. We look forward to your return and to your videos on youtube. Please let us know when they have been posted! Thank you again for your generous and kind review and of course, the amazing photos. (Oh, and suspect there are seals on the rock out in the water off the lighthouse in the drone photo)
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Emma C wrote a review Aug. 2015
Ottawa, Canada32 contributions5 helpful votes
100% this is a must if you are in the area! What a stunning area with white sand beaches and warm water. This has made my vacation highlight, so far. Lots of beautiful raw nature
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Date of experience: August 2015
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AFantin2019 wrote a review Aug. 2015
Englehart, Canada4 contributions2 helpful votes
The Cape Sable Lighthouse can be reached by boat (make arrangements in the Clark's Harbour tourist information centre). It's a short 10 minute trip across protected waters. The cape is home to a beautiful lighthouse - tallest in Nova Scotia, freshly painted and being cared for by the Friends of the Cape Sable Lighthouse. As well, there are stunning views of the ocean all over the island, with jewel green and blue waters to be seen along sand beaches. Sheep run wild, and can be spotted often looking back curiously at visitors. Many species of birds (some endangered) can also be seen. Two port-a-potties on the island add to the comfort of your trip - although you will need to bring your own snacks, etc. A light jacket is suggested as well, as the weather can be changeable. Most important though - bring your camera. Pictures taken here will be among the best you will ever get in Nova Scotia.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Response from lsymonds, Secretary/Friends of the Cape Sable Lighthouse at Cape Sable Lighthouse
Responded Sep. 2, 2015
Thank you for your kind review. Arrangements can be made year around by phoning the Clark's Harbour Town Hall (Mayor Leigh Stoddart) at 902-745-2390. Just in case the visitor information centre is closed for the season :)
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Nona S wrote a review Aug. 2015
Barrington, Canada11 contributions1 helpful vote
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The Cape is a great place to visit , lots of room to roam to sit and reflex on the day, You can do a day trip , camp or stay in one of the cabins , The little red one is ours and its such a wonderful peaceful place to be . walk along the beach looking for sea glass or even pottery pieces from one of the many boat wrecks, Rustic beauty,Beautiful sunsets reflecting off the water. Truly a wonderful place to visit and enjoy.Great place for family time ,or to just get away from it all.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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