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Cape D'Or, Nova Scotia


Cape D'Or and the lighthouse located there stand on a tiny piece of land in Nova Scotia. The first lighthouse at Cape D'Or, built in 1922, eventually gave way to more advanced technology. Nevertheless, the lighthouses were manually staffed until1989, when the present automated system was installed. The buildings, converted to a tea room and guesthouse, attract tourists from all over the world.

We visited this lovely lighthouse on the 16th day of our journey. Though the buildings shown at right were, unfortunately, closed for the day, our visit was marked by the poignant seascape and the deafening foghorn. Indeed, it was a foggy day.

Cape D'Or, translated to Cape of gold, was named because of the abundance of copper in this region. The 200 Ma basalts, like basalts in other locations, support viens of metallic copper.

The dark brown cliffs shown at left are an example of highly weathered basalt. Though the rain and clouds dampened out experience, the wet foliage and bedrock made for an awesome view.


The steep, jagged cliffs of Cape D'Or stand out agaisnt the soft fog that often creeps onto the coast here, making for a spectacular sight even when inclement weather may shorten one's view of the sea. We each took a turn at leaning over the edge and peering downward before we headed back to Clinton.