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Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Cape Forchu Lighthouse

The first "applecore" style lighthouse in Nova Scotia. 

Guiding ships safely into Yarmouth Harbour since 1840, the Cape Forchu Lightstation towers 75 feet above picturesque volcanic rocks.

Right outside of the lovely town of Yarmouth in Nova Scotia is a forked cape by the name of Cape Forchu, discovered in 1604 by Samuel de Champlain. Today, it’s a great picnic spot on 19 acres which include beautifully landscaped grounds, a museum, and amazing views of pristine shorelines  and the charm of Yarmouth Harbour. The new Leif Erikson trail was added in the fall of 2013 for ease of exploring the land around the lighthouse.

Turned over to the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth in 2000-2001, the Cape Forchu Lighthouse is the first large lighthouse of its kind to have that particular distinction in Canada. The Municipality now owns all the buildings and property. A volunteer group, the Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society, is responsible for the seasonal café, museum and small gift shop, as well as seasonal staffing.

Know Before You Go

Upon arrival in Yarmouth, proceed westbound on Vancouver St. (past the horse monument at Milton Corner & traffic lights). Follow blue & white lighthouse visual signs along Route 304 southbound until the end of the road (approx. 10 km).