The Lights Along The Shore Festival is coordinated by Destination Southwest Nova Scotia and celebrates the restoration of our Lighthouse.
Point Prim Lighthouse in Digby takes part in Lights Along the Shore Festival
It is held annually for three days around the middle of September and covers lighthouses along the Lighthouse Route and the Evangeline Trail.

Lighthouses have guided and protected ships for centuries. The first recorded building of a lighthouse was in 300 BC and was the Great Light of Alexandria.

The first lighthouses in Nova Scotia were large bonfires burning on the shore to help guide ships coming in towards land or to navigate the treacherous Atlantic coastline.

Since then Nova Scotia has grown to have the largest number of lights of any province in Canada with 170 known ones. We also have some of the oldest. The Sambro Light is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in North America built in 1758.

During a visit to the Sambro Light in 1994 a group of lighthouse enthusiasts became worried as to the deterioration of the lighthouse and the keeper's houses. They went on to develop the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society (NSLPS) to try to preserve as many of the 150 lighthouse left found in Nova Scotia.
The Northern Lighthouse in Brier Island, Digby Neck, Nova Scotia
The Lights Along the Shore Festival was started in the year 2000 with the International Lighthouse Conference. There is just something mystic about these lights and the buildings that hold them. As Nova Scotia was once a big shipping and ship building area the lighthouses are a major part of our heritage.

Destination Southwest Nova Scotia took on the job of coordinating the events for the 17 out of 26 lighthouse located in the regions of the South Shore, Yarmouth, the Acadian Shores, the Bay of Fundy Shores and the Annapolis Valley. They make up and distribute a full-colour pamphlet with the schedule of events in it.

The Lights Along The Shore Festival is a celebration in recognition of the community groups behind the restoration of these lighthouses.

As the government no longer finances the upkeep on these buildings many have fallen into disrepair. Community groups recognized the value in preserving this important part of our seafaring heritage.

Most of these groups or the communities have taken over the ownership and maintenance of these lighthouses and raise funds to restore them. Some of these buildings are open to the public, some have found new uses and some are still in early stages of repair.

This is a chance for both visitors to the area along with the local citizens to visit them and learn more about these majestic lighthouses.
The Margaretsville Lighthouse on a Foggy Day Along the Bay of Fundy

There are many events planned for this festival and it gets bigger every year. Below is a little about some of the events you may see going on during this festival:

  • Food events such as breakfasts, dinners and picnics
  • Whale Watching events
  • Walking, Boating and Birding Tours
  • Lots of Entertainment
  • Retired Light keepers telling their stories
  • Rappie Pie Making contest
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Lobster Boils
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Slide Shows
  • Chowder Luncheons
  • Local Artisans Demonstrations
  • Craft at Lights
  • Entertainment at Lights
  • Moonlit Tours
  • Candlelight Graveyard Tours
  • Old Photos
  • Displays
  • Lots of Information

    I can defiantly see how this festival will just keep on growing. New events are being added to the schedule every year, plus more lighthouses are being saved and the restoration groups are getting involved. The Lights Along The Shore Festival is defiantly a maritime festival you will want to take in.

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