Canadian Coast Guard
There have been three lighthouses on Pictou Island, located about 7.5 miles offshore. The West End Light is now a skeleton structure.
Tower Height: 23
Height of Focal Plane: 46
Characteristic and Range: White flash every 4 seconds, visible for 6 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: Red skeleton tower with red and white rectangular daymarks.
This light is operational
1905: White, octagonal wooden tower with a red, octagonal iron lantern; dwelling nearby (destroyed).
Date Established: 1905
Date Present Tower Built: 1965
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
The island can be reached by ferry (pedestrians only) from Caribou Ferry on the Nova Scotia mainland.
Keepers: John "Jack" MacDonald (1932-1961)