Cape d'Or
...a lightkeeper's paradise...

Cape d'Or is one of the most photograhed places in Nova Scotia.  A lighthouse on the edge of a steep cliff overlooking the beautiful Bay of Fundy.  With accommodations available in the former lightkeeper’s house, a small restaurant and you have the recipe for an awesome vacation.

The road down to the lighthouse is quite steep and scattered with large rocks so you can’t drive down. It is not the easiest of roads to walk but the view at the end is well worth the trek.  Don’t let it stop you, go for it!

It was raining quite heavily the day that I visited Cape d'Or. I debated with myself whether to bother with the steep downhill walk since it was raining so hard.  I decided to go for it and got my gear together to make the trek in the hope that I would be able to see something and take some pictures.

I am so glad that I did.  The rain eased a bit and it was fabulous.  After all, this is one of the reasons why lighthouses were guide mariners in the fog and rain.  This is a beautiful place whether in the sun, rain or fog.  There is even a place to stay and have a bite to eat.

I roamed around the cliffs and took tons of photos.  I couldn't get enough of this place.  The view of the Bay of Fundy was spectacular.  I can imagine how beautiful it must be on a sunny day. 

Unfortunately, I could not get down to the beach but it must be wonderful to wander here.  Untouched and raw is what I call it!  There appears to be a cave not far which would be an awesome adventure to explore at low tide.

Tides Schedule

Make sure you are aware of the tide schedule before venturing close to the waters on the bay. The tides come in quite quickly so it is very important to be aware of the tides schedule.

To check the tides for your area of interest go to this Tides Schedule link.  Enter the location in the search box at the top corner of the map.

Where is Cape d'Or?

Cape d’Or is in the community of Advocate Harbour along the upper part of the Bay of Fundy.  It is about 3 hours from Halifax and 1.5 hours from Amherst.  Check out my map below to see the exact location.  I suggest you use google maps to determine your best route.

Visitor Services

Advocate Harbour has a post office, gas station, general store, a few accommodation options, and the Wild Caraway Restaurant.  Cape Chignecto Provincial Park is next door as well which offers amazing camping and hiking adventures. 

You might be interested to check many of the great places to see along the Bay of Fundy.  I have listed several on this page.


The lighthouse keepers residence at Cape d'Or is open for booking.  It is a simple accommodation but the view is outstanding.  There is also a restaurant which prides itself in serving local foods. Highly recommended to call in advance at 902-670-8314. One note to remember is to bring cash!

There are many places to stay along the Bay of Fundy.  Once you decide on your planned activities I suggest that you check their location on my map that I include just above.  Then you can check the closest town and its accommodation options on Trip Advisor.  

Some major spots along the bay include Truro, Wolfville, Windsor, and Digby.

The Bay of Fundy can also be considered a great day trip if you are in the HalifaxWindsor or Truro areas.  These links will lead you to Trip Advisor which is my 'go to' place for accommodations.  


The Wild Caraway in Advocate Harbour is excellent as is the restaurant at Cap D'Or. 

Nova Scotia has a wide variety of places to eat.  From fine dining, family restaurants, pubs and pizza spots.  There is something for everyone.  I suggest you check my Where to Eat page for some tips on how to find a restaurant in your location.

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My Uncle, Phil Morris (with his wife, my Aunt Maie), ran the lighthouse on Cape d'Or for over 30 years until 1981 - the new version of the lighthouse was …

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