Day 200 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Cape Forchu, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Cape Forchu

Cape Forchu (2001 pop.: 79) is a Canadian fishing village and headland of the same name, a few kilometres southwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

During the 17th and 18th centuries fishing, water transportation and trade were essential to everyday life in Cape Forchu. During the 19th century Yarmouth Harbour became a major port of registry for sailing ships and by the late 1800s, it was the second largest port of registry in Canada.

Shipwrecks were common along the shoreline and it was recommended by Colonel Robert Morse in 1874 that a chain of lighthouses should be built along the shores of Nova Scotia hence the construction of the Cape Forchu Lighthouse in 1840. This light station was replaced in 1962 with the “apple core” – a concrete tower. Since 2000, the original fresnel lens used at the lighthouse is located at the Yarmouth County Museum.

Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia
Cape Forchu in Nova Scotia

Cape Forchu Lightstation is often featured in the promotion of Yarmouth & Acadian Shores, the travel region in which it is found. Yarmouth & Acadian Shores encompasses the Municipalities of Argyle, Clare, Yarmouth and the Town of Yarmouth.


Cape Forchu Lighthouse


A Whale Backbone



Yarmouth is a town and major fishing and ferry port located on the Gulf of Maine in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada. It is sometimes referred to as “The Gateway to Nova Scotia”.

A seven-foot concrete wall protects motorists while crossing a causeway near Yarmouth.


A weather-beaten Yarmouth sign greets you just off Highway 103.


The Fishing industry is the backbone of Yarmouth’s economy.


Its not uncommon to find $500,000 fishing boats tied to the wharfs anywhere in Atlantic Canada.


Fishermen cautiously peek around their boat, thinking that perhaps my camera and I work for a Government of Canada agency.


Workers weigh Lobster that are to be sold at market. Each crate must be 100 pounds exactly, and this week 100 pounds of Lobster sells for $500. Last week it was $800.


A fishermen puts his boot beside four huge Lobsters caught 20 miles of the coast of Yarmouth.


Unloading empty crates that will be filled with lobsters in two days time.


Rows of crates sit in ocean water, filled with crabs, which will be used as bait to catch Lobster.


Fishermen return to the wharf after dropping off their Lobster catch.


A fishermen holds a hook on the end of a pole which is used to grab onto the rope while tying up the boat to the wharf.


Taking a break from unloading Lobster and selling bait, these three fellas sit beside a “Car” which is where the Lobster is weighed and the fishermen is given his total, which in turn is his pay cheque.


Fishing Shack


Fishing In The Good Old Days


Gloria works at the Canada Post in Yarmouth


Flag Of The Day

An earth flag flies high at a Junior High School in Yarmouth.


Reporting From The Canadian Landscape

Today marks the 200th day of living on the road! Wow, where does all that time fly away to? Like water on a hot day, it just evaporates into thin air. Due to getting out of Red Deer late in the year (October 1st.) we’ve extended out 365 day trip by 70 days. Which means we’ll be pulling into the yard December 15th after being away after 15 months. We were given two Lobster at the docks in Yarmouth which we cooked up that night on the coast in Meteghan. A room with a view!



2 Responses to “Day 200 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Cape Forchu, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia”

  1. 1 Heide's Dad
    April 21, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Congratulations on achieving your 2nd century of your project, your 200th day.

    We here in Red Deer are proud to see this going so well.

  2. April 22, 2009 at 5:47 am

    What a great view for a lobster dinner. Congrats on 200 days!

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