One of the most beautiful spots I have been to in all of my travels is Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia so I have to start with that stop. It is rare for me to go some place I have not been before if I know I am going to be there alone after dark but I felt safe here…so many people come out to see not only the lighthouse but sunset too and this spot is undeniably the most beautiful ever…well, sunset at the Mackinaw Bridge in Michigan is pretty special…now if they would put a lighthouse out there somewhere that would make it as special as this.
I have sold a few framed images from this spot but I have also given the above image to several people as a gift and it seems to have a special place in everyone’s heart. I even have cards with this image on it and I use those cards for everything from condolence to birthdays.
Here are a few more from this spot…
The rest are in no particular order…just posting from how they show up in my folders…no rhyme or reason…the first one I will post is from the Cape Ann Lighthouse tour I took a few years ago. I posted this as part of another story not too long ago but this will just be the lighthouses…I love lighthouses. Whole trips have been planned around how to see as many as I can during the time I will be on a trip. I lucked out for this trip…I got on the last boat out for the season. You can go to Cape Ann and Gloucester and see plenty of lighthouses but some can only be seen from the water so being able to get on this boat was a treat. In not particular order the following were included in the lighthouse tour…Ten Pound Island Lighthouse, Annisquam Harbor Lighthouse, Straightsmouth Island Lighthouse , Thacher Island Twin Lighthouses, and Eastern Point Lighthouse.
I think next I will take you to the infamous Nubble Lighthouse in Maine…it is such an iconic lighthouse in my part of the country…hoping to go there again when I go to Maine next week! One of these days I will get there at sunset…that is a picture I want!
Next up is Mulikteo Lighthouse on Puget Sound…a beautiful spot that I stopped at before heading for Vancouver when I did my I-90 Roadtrip a few years ago.
Though I just posted a story about our harbor trip to Boston Light, I can’t do a post about lighthouses and not include it…and it is one of the most local to me!
Back to Kauai once again. Though I just posted about the trip to Kauai, this lighthouse must be included…Kileaua Point National Wildife Refuge Lighthouse,
A quick visit to Tarrytown Lighthouse aka Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse in New York…
Then we have Eagle Harbor Lighthouse in Eagle Harbor, Michigan on the Keweenaw Peninsula…my friend grew up in this area and when I visited Michigan she happened to be there looking to buy a house so I spent the day with her while she gave me a grand tour of where she got to grow up!
The Lorain Ohio Lighthouse at the marina…A pretty little spot I would not/did not expect in Ohio! I saw the sign for this one not too long after leaving Cleveland…
Parrsboro Lighthouse…I found this one when I was up in Canada back when I went to explore Parrsboro…it is where my family came from after leaving Ireland and where my husband’s family came from…
Back to Michigan and my I-90 Roadtrip…a stop in Port Huron before going into Canada at the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse on the St. Clair River.
Low Point Light in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia at the entrance to Sydney Harbor…another stop during a day trip to Cape Breton when I was on my Canada trip back in 2018…
Seal Island Lighthouse, Seal Island, Nova Scotia…this was the only shot I could get because of overgrown brush in the area…but I could check it off the list!
Cape Forchu-Yarmouth Light…one of my first full days in Canada…overnight in Yarmouth and first stop of the day was to the lighthouse…this is when I found out my OnStar navigation would not work in Canada and I would have to depend on Waze to get me around!
When I went to Canada I took the ferry out of Portland, ME over to Yarmouth, NS. Going out of port along the coast I got to see a few lighthouses…I am not 100% sure of the names of them but since Google is my friend (most of the time) I believe what I saw was Bug Light…in fact I know one of them is Bug Light also known as Portland Harbor Breakwater Light, and perhaps Spring Point Ledge Light, Ram Island Ledge Light, and the famed Portland Head Light, even Twin Lights at Cape Elizabeth.
Cape George Point Light, Cape George, NS…it is said on a clear day from the lighthouse you can see Cape Breton Island and Prince Edward Island…it is amazing up here but the drive up the road to get here was pretty darn scary…thought for sure I would blow a tire or puncture my gas tank on the dirt road loaded with huge potholes!
Burncoat Lighthouse & Park…where you can walk the ocean floor! In Noel, NS it was one of many lighthouses I sought out while traveling through Canada. This is one spot where something other than the lighthouse needs to be spotlighted…the fact you can walk on the “floor” of the ocean when the tide is out is amazing in itself! I did not because I had sandals on and the ranger on duty felt I might slip and fall without hiking boots. I agreed…I did not feel I could safely get down off the rocks safely!
Arisaig Light in Antigonish, NS…I was a little disappointed when I got here and discovered that this “lighthouse” was a replica built after the original burned down in 1930 and this one is an interpretive center and cafe. But…the area itself is beautiful!
North Point Lighthouse in Milwaukee, WI…
Wind Point Light, Racine, WI…these Wisconsin lighthouses were stops on my way to Chicago…
Celoron Lighthouse in Jamestown, NY…sadly in need of a little TLC! If you are in the area, there is a Lucille Ball Memorial Park with a statue of her.
Michigan City Lighthouse, Michigan City, Indiana…there may have been a way to get closer but I couldn’t find it!
Cleveland Harbor – West Pierhead Lighthouse on Lake Erie, Cleveland, OH…
Block Island North Lighthouse, Block Island, RI…this was as close as we could get unless we wanted to walk about a mile in the sand to get closer…but the beach was really cool with a lot of cairns!
Another Block Island lighthouse, Southeast Lighthouse…one of the more elegant!
I’m not sure of the names of these…I may have known at one time but the folder was just labeled “Atlantic Lighthouses“…taken from a ferry going to Provincetown.
Race Point Lighthouse, Provincetown, MA…the sky was pretty cool that day!
Highland Lighthouse, Truro, MA…the last picture is just for fun!
Pemaquid Point & Lighthouse, Bristol, ME…another spot I would like to photograph at sunset.
Indian Point Lighthouse, Rockport, ME…
Curtis Island Light, Camden, ME…
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, Portsmouth NH…
Rockland Breakwater Light, Rockland, ME…
Fenwick Light, Ocean City, MD…
Nauset Light and Three Sisters Light, Eastham, MA…Three Sisters was a bit of a disappointment but and interesting story. If you would like to read about them, here is the link:
Nantucket Lighthouses, Sankaty Head and Brandt Point…
There are a few more lighthouses in my folders…believe it or not! But I decided to end it here…this is likely one of my longest posts and I have been at this for almost 4 hours with a few breaks here and there to let the dogs out. I hope you enjoyed my tour of lighthouses in the U.S. and Canada. Not sure what will be coming up next…where will I take you? Come back to find out!
A little lighthouse information before I end…Maine has 65 lighthouses…there are a lot I have not seen. New Hampshire has 2 on its 17 miles of coastline…I certainly would have guessed there would be more, Massachusetts has 71, some privately owned, Rhode Island has 15 and New York has 51…I haven’t even put a dent in my region of the world…I have to work harder. 🙂
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