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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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- One of Nova Scotia’s Great Day Hikes: The Hike to Cape Split
- A Phenomenal Kayaking Trip Near Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
- Beautiful Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia
- Visiting Nova Scotia: Don’t Miss Peggy’s Cove
- Canoeing in Canada: Don’t Miss a Trip to Kejimikujik NP
- Extreme Silence: A Solo Backpacking Trip in Cape Chignecto