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Schafner Point Lighthouse

Granville Road, County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2015/02/12

General view of Schafner Point Lighthouse, 2011.; Kraig Anderson - lighthousefriends.com
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Other Name(s)

Schafner Point Lighthouse
Port Royal Ligthouse
Phare de Port Royal

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Construction Date(s)

1885/01/01 to 1885/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2016/09/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Schafner Point Lighthouse is a 13 metres (43 feet) square-tapered, wooden tower surmounted by a superimposed gallery and a red octagonal iron lantern. Constructed in 1885, it is the first lighthouse on the site but the second navigational aid erected on the Digby Gut–Annapolis Basin water corridor. It is located 11 km downstream from Annapolis Royal on the north side of the Annapolis Basin.

Heritage Value

The Schafner Point Lighthouse is a heritage lighthouse because of its historical, architectural, and community values.

Historical values
The Schafner Point Lighthouse is an excellent example of the theme of improving aids to navigation along the Digby Gut–Annapolis Basin water corridor. Built in 1885, it is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the Annapolis Basin. It continues to warn mariners of the turbulent tidal waters of the narrow navigation channel.
The Schafner Point Lighthouse is an excellent example of the socio-economic development of Digby Gut. It played a key role in the development of the fishing and trade industries of the Annapolis Basin. With the growing maritime traffic along the Digby Gut–Annapolis Basin waterway, the lighthouse provided better navigational safety in the narrow and offset channel around Goat Island.

Architectural values
The Schafner Point Lighthouse is a simple but handsome and well-executed example of a tower with a superimposed gallery. It characterizes an economical approach to tower construction that is lighter and less robust than a tower with a structurallyintegrated gallery. The picturesque octagonal iron lantern with its metal weathervane ventilator illustrates the typical 19th century industrial design used by the Department of Marine and Fisheries.
Built using standard construction technology and materials of its time, the Schafner Point Lighthouse presents no technological innovations, but does represent well in the choice and use of materials and in the execution of its compact and efficient design. The lighthouse has withstood more than a century of exposure to Atlantic Canada’s weather, a tribute to its materials, craftsmanship, and ongoing maintenance.

Community values
Located on a small rise on the north side of the Annapolis Basin facing Goat Island, the Schafner Point Lighthouse reinforces the maritime character of the area. It is a physically impressive sight from the flat expanse of the Annapolis Basin shore.
Known locally as the Port Royal lighthouse, the Schafner Point Lighthouse is highly valued in the County of Annapolis as an important heritage and tourism asset. The County takes pride in promoting and protecting its rich cultural heritage.

Related buildings
No related buildings are included in the designation.

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements of the Schafner Point Lighthouse should be respected:
— its location on a small rise on the north side of the Annapolis Basin facing Goat Island;
— its intact, as-built structural form, height, profile and balanced proportions, based on the standard design of square-tapered wooden towers;
— its square, wooden structure with tapered shingled sides rising from the concrete foundation base;
— its superimposed square, wooden gallery supported by curved iron brackets;
— its plain metal railing that surrounds the gallery;
— its octagonal iron lantern with its metal weathervane ventilator;
— its raised entry door and eight paned windows which project vertically from the tower’s sloping walls and are crowned with simple pediments;
— its traditional red and white exterior colour scheme consisting of a white tower and gallery, accented by red features such as the lantern, the trim of the door and windows pediments, and the gallery brackets;
— its visual prominence in relation to the water and landscape.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act

Recognition Type

Heritage Lighthouse

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation

Function - Category and Type



Navigational Aid or Lighthouse

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Conservation and Commemoration Directorate Documentation Centre 3rd Floor, room 366 30 Victoria Street Gatineau, Quebec J8X 0B3

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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