Cape Forchu Lighthouse

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Cape Forchu Lighthouse Scenic Route: Evangeline Trail
County: Yarmouth

43° 47' 38.8'' N
-66° 09' 19.3'' W

Season:May 30 -  September 

Hours:(Peak Season): 11 am - 5 pm daily. Open after hours with reservations.

Description:The famous Yarmouth Light at Cape Forchu was lit in 1840 to guide sailing vessels into this shipbuilding town. At its peak in the late nineteenth century, Yarmouth was one of the leading ship owning ports in Canada, trading timber and salt fish for West Indian molasses, salt, and rum. The current lighthouse was built in 1962, and de-staffed in 1993. It holds the distinction of being the last lighthouse in Nova Scotia to be tended by resident lightkeepers. In 1996, The Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society opened the 1912 keepers' house to visitors, and restored the station grounds. In 2000, Cape Forchu became the first lighthouse in Canada to be turned over to a local municipality through a federal transfer program. There is a small museum adn the  'Mug Up Tearoom' in the keeper's house next to the slender red-and-white striped lighthouse, and two unique gift shops on site. The 19 acres of well groomed grounds encourage you to enjoy the view and picnic. Cape Forchu is an excellent vantage point from which to view fishing boats passing in and out of busy Yarmouth Harbour.

News and Events:There are no special events planned for this year.

Parking available. Disabled persons can get close to lighthouse Food Available On Site. Picnic tables available. Washrooms available. Entrance by donation. Guides or information boards. Scenic location.