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Follow the coastline (one lighthouse at a time).

Nothing defines New Brunswick’s coastline more than the lighthouses that still stand tall as sentinels of the sea. Getting close to them is feeling close to the seafaring history that shaped this place. 

The lower St. John River has a unique inland system of lighthouses that was designed to safely guide the old paddlewheeler steamers along the river in days gone by. The coastal lighthouses were known as “sea lights,” while the lighthouses on New Brunswick’s inland shorelines were called “beacon lights”. 

As much as they helped ships of the past navigate safely, they’ll help guide you in your quest to create iconic vacation memories. You can picnic, bird watch, kayak or hike near one of these age-old structures—and their stunning backdrops.

Lighthouses dot both the Acadian and Fundy coasts; you can even find one in the capital city of Fredericton. Miscou Island lighthouse is open to visitors, who can enjoy the sweeping view from the top. Head Harbour Lightstation, on Campobello Island, sits on a rocky outcrop accessible at low tide. Iconic Swallowtail Lightstation is the first view visitors get from the ferry to Grand Manan Island. Inch Arran Lighthouse, in Dalhousie, overlooks the magnificent Chaleur Bay from the northernmost point in New Brunswick, next to a park and campground. Whichever of our lighthouses you discover, you’ll be glad you looked up to take them in.