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Name: Gillis Point Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Iona, Nova Scotia, Canada

Location: Entrance to Maskell's Harbour, Great Bras d'Or Channel, Cape Breton.

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Photo: Bob Crawford
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Managing Organization:
Canadian Coast Guard

Tower Height: 37

Height of Focal Plane: 74

Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every four seconds, visible for 6 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, square pyramidal wooden tower with red lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Attached dwelling was removed in 1978.

Date Established: 1895

Date Present Tower Built: 1895

Current Use: Active aid to navigation (seasonal).

Open To Public? Grounds only.

From Highway 105: Take Exit 6 and take the Little Narrows Ferry. Follow Route 223 about 15 miles (23.8 km) into Iona. At Washabuck Road turn left and drive about 5 miles (8.2 km). Stop at a small road marked "Boulacett Farm." You can walk from here through a wooded area to the lighthouse.

Keepers: F. X. McNeil (1895-1896), Philip B. McNeil (1896-1897), Hector MacLean (1898-1916), Catherine (MacDonald) MacLean (wife of Hector) (1916-1939), Andrew M. MacLean (1939-1967)


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