|© Chris Mills|
|Cape Forchu Lighthouse Before 1993|
The Cape Forchu Light Station was the first light station in Canada to be passed over to a municipality by federal government divestiturehe under the "96-1" arrangements. Through the untiring efforts of volunteer Craig Harding, the lighthouse, land, and all the buildings were deeded to the Municipality of Yarmouth County by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in March, 2001. Tragically, Craig died of cancer that April, but he was presented with the deed before he passed away.
Craig led the Friends of the Yarmouth Light in a six year fight to save the station for public use. It was in grave danger of being sold to developers. The magnificent rocky site, with a grand view of the entrance to the Bay of Fundy, is now preserved for everyone to enjoy. The NSLPS Craig Harding Award is awarded annually in his honour to a person or group which has done exceptional work to save Nova Scotia’s lighthouses.
The light station is run by the Friends of the Yarmouth Light on behalf of the Municipality of Yarmouth County. The Friends keep everything in excellent shape. This magnificent site is well worth a visit!
Recipient, first Craig Harding Award for Lighthouse Preservation, 2001, along with Craig Harding.