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Baccaro Point Look-Off and Lighthouse

Record #: BAR0017
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021
Last Full Update: 07 Dec 2021


Located In Municipality of the District Barrington
Where To Find Us
Lighthouse Road
Baccaro Point, NS
Areas Served Municipality of the District Barrington ; Shelburne County


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Contact Misty James, Recreation Director; Phone: 902-637-2015 ext 239
Alternate Contact Joel d'Entremont, Physical Activity Coordinator; Phone: 902-637-2015 EXT 237
Mailing Address c/o Barrington Municipal Recreation Department 
PO Box 100 
27 Park Lane 
Barrington, NS B0W 1E0
Fax 902-637-2598

Description & Services

Perched at the edge of the ocean, this lighthouse is an important seabird watching site.  
Located on the east side of Barrington Bay near Port La Tour, this small wooden lighthouse was built in 1934. It replaced the original building, built in 1850, which was destroyed by fire. 
Baccaro is the oldest place name in Nova Scotia. It comes from the Basque word, Baccolaos, cod-fish. Baccaro point is the most southerly point of mainland Nova Scotia. (Cape Sable off Cape Sable Island is the furthest south.) In 1852 the materials for the first lighthouse were hauled along the beach – there being no road.  
Today the tall, square building stands fast on its bed of solid rock. This is a excellent location to watch waves crashing into the shore, and birdwatching.