Port Bickerton Lighthouse

During our recent Nova Scotia photography tour we travelled along the Eastern Shore of the province and visited the Port Bickerton Lighthouse. It is situated along Nova Scotia’s Marine Drive on Highway 211. 

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-160

For anyone with an interest in maritime history and lighthouses, this location is definitely worth considering during a visit to Nova Scotia.

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As could be reasonably expected, it is in a fairly remote location and accessed by a gravel road that leads south from Port Bickerton.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-160

Once you arrive at the facility you’ll be treated to expansive sea views and some hiking trails.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-160

The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretative Centre, which is housed on the site, provides interesting information to visitors. The knowledgeable and friendly staff are passionate about preserving this unique part of Nova Scotia’s history.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/50, ISO-800

You’ll find a number of displays which chronicle the history of lighthouses in Nova Scotia, and the life of lighthouse keepers.

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It is a shame that only a few thousand people visit each year as proceeds go towards the protection and maintenance of the site.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/40, ISO-800

We were fortunate that one of the counsellors at a Nova Scotia Tourist Information Centre recommended a visit to the Port Bickerton Lighthouse to us. Otherwise we may have missed it.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/25, ISO-800

If you visit be sure to take the stairs and ladder up to the outlook.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO-160

You’ll be treated to a wonderful vantage point and beautiful views.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/1250, ISO-160

A unique feature at the Port Bickerton Lighthouse is the artist residence. This two bedroom cottage can be rented for week-long stays from May 1st through to November 1st. It books up extremely quickly so it is best to contact the folks at the Port Bickerton and Area Planning Association as early as possible.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-400

I can imagine it would be a fantastic way to enjoy this stretch of inspiring coastline and truly ‘get away’ from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The Port Bickerton Lighthouse will be featured in our upcoming Nova Scotia Photography Tour eBook.

Technical Note:
All photographs were captured hand-held using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. Images were created from RAW files using my standard process of DxO OpticsPro 11, CS6, and the Nik Collection.

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2 thoughts on “Port Bickerton Lighthouse”

  1. Hi Tom,

    Loving the washed out/bleached look of the images, particularly, the sunlit rocks along the coast and the wooden deck looking out to the sea. There’s also a nostalgic look and feel to the interior shots that really complements the rustic appearance of the tourist center.

    Oggie

    1. Thanks Oggie – glad you enjoyed the images! There’s no doubt that there was a lot of bleaching from the sun and salt air. We were at the lighthouse on a very bright day, and I was shooting right around noon. This was likely the worst possible time of day and lighting conditions for my J5’s small sensor in terms of its dynamic range capability being pushed to its limit.
      Tom

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