I didn’t appreciate the treat I was in for when I booked a one night stay in the lightkeeper’s cottage – a stone’s throw away from the Cape d’Or Lighthouse.

I’d left accommodation arrangements until the last minute – but sometimes the planets align and everything falls into place. This was one of those times.

"Looking out the the Cape d'Or Lighthouse and restaurant"

Looking out at the Cape d’Or Lighthouse and restaurant

The Cape d’Or Lighthouse is about six kilometres away from Advocate Harbour, a small community near Cape Chignecto, accessible via a well signed gravel road. From Halifax it’s a 2.5 – 3 hour drive.

Once you arrive at the parking lot it’s a hike down on a steep, boulder strewn hill to get to the lighthouse. Should you be unable to hike up or down the hill, Darcy the owner will drive up and get you. At the end of your meal – should you eat there – the hike back up is a great way to burn off some calories.

Many people come just to see the Cape D’Or Lighthouse and the surrounding landscape. Others come for lunch or dinner and some like me come for a night or two.

The restaurant has been included for years in the book Where to Eat in Canada – and would have been again this year except that Darcy didn’t even think he’d be open so he asked to have his listing removed.

"A desolate but beautiful view from the dining room"

A desolate but beautiful view from the dining room

Dining at the Cape D’Or Lighthouse

On the night I was there for dinner there were just two other tables filled – but it was mid-week. My meal was superb from start to finish – and for $30 a bargain considering it included three courses – all of which were outstanding.

The view from the table is amazing and would make a great place to watch a storm; I settled for watching the tide roll in.

"Fresh caught haddock and shrimp on a bed of bok choy"

Fresh caught haddock and shrimp on a bed of bok choy

"A rhubarb crumble"

A rhubarb crumble

After dinner I had a bit of time to check out the scenery before the light faded. Ideally I would want to spend a whole day in the area exploring the cave and walking the beach.

"cave near Cape Chignecto"

You can explore the cave at low tide

"Close-up of the cave"

Close-up of the cave

"The beach and cliffs are on the other side of the point"

The beach and cliffs are on the other side of the point

The accommodation in the lightkeeper’s cottage is simple but clean. It would be the ideal place to go to as a family as there are three bedrooms, a small kitchen and a living room. I shared it with one other couple but I had my own bathroom.

"Dusk at the Cape d'Or Lighthouse"

Darcy may or may not close in September. He’s been running the place for a while and is contemplating a change – so go now – because this isn’t the sort of place you want to miss if you’re visiting Nova Scotia.

"lights on in the lighthouse"

The fading light of a June evening

Rooms are $80 per night and meals are in the $7 to $30 price range. Bring cash as plastic isn’t accepted.

Have you ever stayed in a lighthouse before?

Other posts related to my Nova Scotia trip you might like:

Don't Miss a Stay at the Cape D'Or Lighthouse in Nova Scotia - great food, simple accommodation, incredible scenery

Leigh McAdam


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