Harbour Light Campground was first established in 1964. Minnie and Samuel Smith owned the land and thought it would be a great place to build a campground. Starting small, Sam and Minnie developed the site and soon found they had a thriving community on their hands. They passed the campground to their daughter Eleanor and son-in-law Ron MacDonald. Ron’s son, Cameron, is the current owner and a mainstay at the campground. What started as a small business with 20 or so sites, grew over the years to have 150+ sites that the campground boasts today.

Past Owners of Harbour Light Campground, Sam and Minne
Sam, Minnie and Eleanor Smith (1940).
Image of Harbour Light Campground in it's early days, including trailers.
Trailers have sure come a long way!
Image of the original founder of Harbour Light Campground and the current owner as a child.
Sam with Cameron in front of the campground.
Image of the current owner's children.
Cameron's Children

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!

Image of a class from Pictou Elementary visiting Harbour Light Campground.
Class from the local school.

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

Image of the Pictou Landing Lighthouse.
Image of staff with their staff shirts.

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.

Image of staff with their staff shirts.
Image of the Nova Scotia Pineapple Awards Logo.

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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“Where in today’s society we barely let our kids play outside our own yards for safety concerns. I am a parent and have 2 boys who love Harbour Light Campground and I, as their parent, love the safe community feeling it has. It’s like being a kid in the 90’s again where you could walk down the street by yourself as a child with no fear. My boys love the freedom of going to the playground or biking with friends and parents not tagging along. Overall the best family campground in Pictou County.”
Stacey Westville NS
“Great family campground. Our family has been camping here for about 28 years. Our girls grew up there and now the grandchildren love to come. The manager Cameron is beyond helpful and the staff are super. What more could you ask for? Can’t wait for the next season. P.S. where else could you meet such great people? One big family!”
LynnPictou NS
  “We have been coming here for 15 years and have always had a good time! Staff goes above and beyond to help in any way that they can!”
Bev and GlennShorts Lake NS
“The staff is wonderful! We had tenters camping in front of us in the pouring rain and the staff brought down a BBQ for them to use because their own stove was not working. You don’t see hospitality like that very often!”
KathyMassachusetts US

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