Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia, Canada

The tides here at Burntcoat Head average 55 feet or so.  The difference between low and high tide is tremendous, allowing visitors to stroll out into the bay among the rocks and sand at low tide.  Visitors must be cautious, since the water rises at a rate of an inch per minute when the tide turns.  A lighthouse was established here in 1858 on a spit of land connected to the mainland by a narrow extension.  Eventually, the natural land bridge eroded and the lighthouse was visited during low tide to restock and maintain the lanterns with fuel.  Several lighthouses were employed over the years until the last functioning one burned in 1972.  In 1995, the local town rebuilt a replica lighthouse and established a small museum and park to commemorate the site.

Copyright: John Roberts
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Taken: 05/07/2013
Uploaded: 21/07/2013
Updated: 10/06/2014


Tags: beach; geology; outdoors; public lands; ocean; tides
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