Cape Forchu Lighthouse

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Cape Forchu Lighthouse
YarmouthNS Lighthouse.jpg
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Cape Forchu Lighthouse is located in Nova Scotia
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Nova Scotia
LocationCape Forchu
Nova Scotia
Coordinates43°48′25″N 66°9′30″W / 43.80694°N 66.15833°W / 43.80694; -66.15833Coordinates: 43°48′25″N 66°9′30″W / 43.80694°N 66.15833°W / 43.80694; -66.15833
Year first constructed1839 (Original Lighthouse) 1961 (Current Lighthouse)
Year first lit1940 (Original Lighthouse) 1962 (Current Lighthouse)
Constructionreinforced concrete tower
Tower shapehexagonal tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patterntower with white and red vertical stripes, red balcony and lantern
Tower height27.7 metres (91 ft) (first)
30 metres (98 ft) (current)
Focal height38.4 metres (126 ft) (first)
35 metres (115 ft) (current)
Intensity1,000,000 candela
Range30 nautical miles (56 km; 35 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 14s.
Admiralty numberH3820
CHS numberCCG 260
NGA number10728
ARLHS numberCAN-097
HeritageMunicipally Registered Property, provincially registered property Edit this on Wikidata

The Cape Forchu Lighthouse is located in Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia. The lighthouse is located 11 km from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.[1]


The lighthouse was constructed in 1839 and was operational in 1840.[2] The original station was demolished in 1961 and replaced in 1962 with the "apple core" tower. Since 2000, the original Fresnel lens used at the lighthouse is located at the Yarmouth County Museum.

The surrounding 19 acres of rocky headland house the Leif Erikson Park, offering a scenic walking trail with ocean views.

It was the first operating light station in Canadian history to be transferred to a Municipality from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans through the Alternative Use Program on June 1, 2000. In exchange for the delivery of services it was transferred to the Municipality of Yarmouth for 1 dollar. It became a registered Heritage property of the Municipality of Yarmouth in 2001 and of the Province of Nova Scotia in 2003.

Current Day[edit]

The 19 acres of ground the lighthouse is on is open to the public year round. The light keepers house is a Heritage property that is open from May to September and houses The Keeper's Kitchen restaurant and a gift shop. In 2018, the movie "The Lighthouse" (Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson) was filmed on the grounds.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cape Forchu Lighthouse". Tourism Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-02-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) History of the Light Station

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