Cape Forchu Light Station Beach

Nova Scotia, Canada

Starfish Rating of 3.5

Claim to Fame

Next to the Cape Forchu Light Station, which has been in operation since 1840, with a great view of Yarmouth harbor.

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  • Where is it?at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the seaport town of Yarmouth, near the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Fundy
  • Coordinates: latitude» 43.8067°
    longitude» -66.1583°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: maritime
  • Development: undeveloped other than light station buildings
  • Length of Beach: .6m/1km
  • Type: black rocks and boulders
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On the southern side of the Light Station is a swath of rocks and boulders, formerly a black beach until road improvements changed it forever; it is a mixture of pebbles, stones, rocks and giant boulders; the scene is highly dramatic, the wind relentless. And it still feels like a beach.

Itís a beachcomberís paradise. With everything from worn ďbeach glass" and shells, to bits of driftwood (perhaps from old shipwrecks!) washing up at high tide, it makes poking about an art form.

Situated on the channel that runs between the island and the mainland, itís a superb place to watch shipping traffic, and there is a lot of shipping and boating (commercial and pleasure) in this area, as Yarmouth remains a busy, active port. Large rocks act as natural chairs; just bring a blanket for comfort and while away the hours watching marine activity.

Fish and shellfish often appear in the waters just offshore and are another source of entertainment for visitors. Cape Forchu Light Station Beach is a place of action, motion and fascination.

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