Canadian Coast Guard
Brier Island is considered a prime site for whale watching.
Tower Height: 28
Height of Focal Plane: 47
Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every 10 seconds, visible for 12 nautical miles.
Description of Tower: White square tower with red octagonal lantern, attached to fog signal building.
This light is operational
Integral fog signal building, keeper's quarters.
Date Established: 1901
Date Present Tower Built: 1968
Date Automated: 1988
Fog Signal: Automated horn, three second blast every 30 seconds.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation, Coast Guard Housing.
Open To Public? Grounds only.
Westport on Brier Island is 90-minute drive from Digby on Highway 217, including two short car ferry rides. The ferries run once an hour, 24 hours a day, and cost $1 round trip. The first ferry at East Ferry leaves every hour on the half hour (7:30, 8:30 etc.) and the second ferry at Freeport leaves every hour on the hour (8:00, 9:00 etc.). The ferries are timed so that if you continue driving from the first ferry you will automatically connect with the second one. It is about a 45-minute drive from Digby to the first ferry. Time your departure from Digby so you catch it on time. To reach the lighthouse from the ferry dock in Westport, turn right onto Water Street. Follow onto a gravel road to the end and the lighthouse.
Keepers: Charles Buckman (1901-c.1940s), Lawrence F. ("Pete") Welch (1984-1988)