Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail Upgrade Proposal (2022)

The Coastal Connections Trail Association (The Association) maintains the Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail under a License of Operation Agreement issued by Parks Canada (2006).
Subject to funding approval from ACOA, the Association is proposing to construct a new bypass trail at Gun Landing Cove to address ongoing concerns related to trail use and maintenance.
In the subject area, the Lighthouse Trail crosses a coastal barrier beach with a walking surface consisting of beach cobble and stone. In recent years, the normally flat walking surface, maintained by Association members, is continually being compromised by increased storm frequency and intensity. This has led to ongoing safety (e.g., uneven walking surface) and maintenance (e.g., high cost, low effectiveness) issues.
To address the situation, the Association is proposing to develop a bypass trail circumnavigating inland around Gun Landing Cove. The new trail length is approximately 400m long by 1.5m wide on average. In addition to tree clearing and ground preparations, boardwalk and culvert installations are also planned.
Subject to funding approval, work will begin in summer 2022 and continue for about six months or until full completion.
For further information, please contact Archie Doucette at:
• 902.224.4233

Latest update

June 10, 2022 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada and ECCC are considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada and ECCC - Public comments invited from May 11 to June 10, 2022 - May 11, 2022


Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
259 Pk Service Rd
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2L2
Telephone: 902-224-2306 or 1-902-371-2698
Email: cbinfo@pc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Recreation and Tourism
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Lighthouse Trail Committee - Coastal Trails Connection Committee
  • Authorities

    • Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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