Fourchu Head Lighthouse


FOURCHU HEAD I - Light Details

  • Location: On head, near east extremity
  • Standing: This light is no longer standing.
  • Operating: This light is no longer operating.
  • Began: 1907
  • Year Lit: 1907
  • Structure Type: Square wood tower, white
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed Red (1943)
  • Tower Height: 032ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 048ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1922 - 1943 - 6th order dioptric lens, fixed red, 8m, seasonal (Apr-Jan)
  • 1955 - fog signal established
  • 1985 - replaced by present tower

FOURCHU HEAD II - Light Details

  • Location: On head, near east extremity
  • Standing: This light is still standing.
  • Operating: This light is operational
  • Automated: All operating lights in Nova Scotia are automated.
  • Date Automated: Automated by 1988
  • Began: 1985
  • Year Lit: 1985
  • Structure Type: Circular white fiberglass tower, two red bands, no lantern
  • Light Characteristic: Fixed White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 032ft feet high.
  • Light Height: 048ft feet above water level.

History Items for This Lighthouse

  • 1985 - fiberglass tower replaced original tower of 1907
  • 1992 - electric lantern, mercury vapour, fog signal
  • 1992 - electric lantern, mercury vapour, fog signal

Highlights

  • County: Richmond
  • Region: Cape Breton Island
  • Body of Water: Forchu Harbour
  • Scenic Drive: Fleur-de-lis Trail
  • Site Access: Requires Hike
  • Characteristic: Fixed White (1992)
  • Tower Height: 032 ft
  • Height Above Water: 048 ft
  • Latitude: 45~43~02.8
  • Longitude: 60~13~46.4
  • Off Shore: No
  • Still Standing: Yes
  • Still Operating: No

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