As a fourth generation business, Harbour Lights is in our blood. The current owner, Cameron, along with his four children were largely raised at the campground. We gained an appreciation for family business and the strong sense of familial community that characterizes our campground.
We believe everyone should get to experience what it is like growing up at a campground, even if it is only for a short time. We open up our campground to students every year (usually primary students and students with special needs) where they get to spend time in the park, at the beach and do crafts, ending with a BBQ!
Our campground’s name was inspired by the lighthouse that shone out over the harbour opening across from our park. Located on an ominous sandbar, the lighthouse was a necessity, historically and aided hundreds of ships to navigate Pictou’s harbour. It was originally built in 1834 but had to be rebuilt in 1903 and was one of the oldest in NS. On July 5th, 2004 a fire consumed the lighthouse ending its 101-year reign. It was a terrible sight and a deeply sad event. Although a committee was put together in the hopes of building a new lighthouse, they were unable to gain any traction. As such, a mechanical beacon soon replaced the lighthouse.
If you would like to read more about our once beloved lighthouse, you can find more information here: Pictou Landing Lighthouse Information
We have great staff that enjoys working with us. Some of them can sometimes be goofballs but that adds to the fun and relaxed atmosphere of our campground. As evident on our staff shirts, our motto (established by the owner himself!) is “Live the Dream”. Although, this is a bit of tongue-in-cheek it does harken back to our core philosophy: camping should be a fun, enjoyable, relaxing experience for everyone involved (including our staff!)
A few of the staff members are pictured here. From the left : Cory, Emily, Cody and Jared.
In 2011 our campground was awarded the Pineapple Award from Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. This award is presented to an individual or business that went above and beyond the call to service. The award is based on stories/reviews clients submit. You can find the story as to why our campground was presented this award here: Pineapple Award Client Story
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