About Cape Forchu Lighthouse

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

2012 Great Place in Canada – Public Space

Jury Statement

Cape Forchu Lighthouse, a historic nautical icon, has a magical 19-acre seaside setting. The local community and visitors enjoy accessing the functioning lighthouse and participating in on-site activities such as Dump Day (a tribute to the local lobster fishery), tending the community gardens, and sharing in social activities either formal or informal.

About Cape Forchu

Located at the tip of scenic Cape Forchu, approximately ten minutes from the Town of Yarmouth, the Cape Forchu Lighthouse is home to the first “applecore” style lighthouse with its 75 feet of statuesque beauty and 19 acres of pristine grounds. This towering beacon sits atop picturesque volcanic rocks, and has guided vessels safely into the Yarmouth Harbour since 1840.
Through constant fundraising efforts, The Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society, the current light keepers, have completed a museum interpretive project that includes 11 large photos/panels of the Light and the site, a touch-screen monitor, a welcoming sign, and more to enhance the museum.