Cape Forchu lighthouse, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Sandy Lane
Vacation Rentals
135 Water St
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
B0T 1W0 Canada

tel: 1 902 875 2729
toll-free: 1 800 646 1577
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Guest Testimonials

We have spent a wonderful 2 weeks in this gorgeous cottage. It is wonderfully well equipped. We brought a lot of things we didn't even need. The location is great; it was so quiet and so close to many wonderful beaches! We found HUNDREDS of sand dollars at Carter's beach; rode the waves at White Point and walked the beaufiful mile long summerville beach. Wow! I will miss the ocean so much. I would like to point out that Sandy Lane Vacations are awesome! When help is needed such as the phones are down after a really bad storm, they're there for you! We will be back.
Ann, David, Leo and Emma
Ottawa, ON 2008
 A beautiful gem on the South Shore
I stayed at the Red Head Retreat with my husband and 2 friends. This was our first trip to the South Shore since moving to NS 2 years ago. The property is absolutely stunning with a huge yard ending at the ocean's edge. It is very private and quiet. The cottage is beautiful and has a spacious open concept on the lower floor. Bedrooms are nice and the cottage is equipped with everything you need. The large deck in the back is a great feature as is the fire pit. The cottage is close to some awesome beaches and Shelburne is an easy drive. We were very impressed with this cottage and had such a great time! We highly recommend it!
Errin W
 Halifax, Canada, 2013
Perfect getaway location for relaxation
My husband and I had a wonderful week at Red Head Retreat. it was completely peaceful with only the sounds of gulls, waves on stone at the foot of the bluff and intermittent bird song. The house is spacious, comfortably furnished and open and airy with lots of natural light. The back deck is perfect for enjoying a quiet coffee in the mornings with dawn over the trees and In August it gets full shade in the afternoon, which makes it perfect for lolling in the Adirondack chairs with books and a cold drink. And there always seemed to be a refreshing breeze off the ocean. This was most welcome because we were there during a hot, humid week. But even the foggy mornings seemed special in that house. Alerted by the management company and a previous guest's post, we limited our time on the large back lawn and on woodland trails in the region due to ticks. We took extra medication precautions for our dog and checked her and each other after each excursion. Happy to report that we didn't see a tick all week! But we did see lots of deer. The back lawn area seemed to be an early morning and evening gathering place. At dusk on one day we counted 12 does and fawns of assorted sizes (see photo). We also saw plenty of rabbits, and pheasants, plus a beaver or muskrat by the causeway on the approach road. We are familiar with Nova Scotia's south shore and like to choose a base from which to explore by car and at times by bike or foot. Red Head Retreat is our favourite rental so far. There is no direct beach access from the house but many beautiful beaches - usually very sparsely peopled - within a short driving distance. We also treated ourselves to a final night dinner out at the Charlotte Lane in Shelburne. it was our fourth visit to the restaurant over the past decade and it never disappoints. But a note to other guests who might be inclined to give it a try - do make a reservation. We saw several tourists walk in and be disappointed the evening we were there. Altogether, a lovely week. Thank you!
 Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada, 2015
Nova Scotia was an amazing place for our honeymoon. We really enjoyed our stay here and we will definitely be back. Kayaking was great and the tranquility was just what we needed.
J. and C. Barley
Oxford Station, ON, 2006

Cape Forchu Lighthouse

Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
A little lighthouse for little people


The leisurely country drive to the Lightstation takes you through magnificent ocean side scenery and coastal communities to experience a part of Nova Scotia that is seacoast, fog, beaches, fishing vessels, working fishing villages and shanties, unpredictable water and tides and breathtaking sunsets.

The Cape Forchu lighthouse is located on a headland at the south western tip of Nova Scotia, is the light for the town of Yarmouth and its harbour. The structure rests 37.5 meters (125 ft.) above sea level, is nestled into jagged rocks and offers a breath-taking natural vista.

In 2012, Cape Forchu Lighthouse was voted the best public space in Canada(!) in a competition held by the Canadian Institute of Planners.


Perched on an outcrop of volcanic rocks, Cape Forchu Lighthouse is at the mouth of Yarmouth Harbour approximately 10 minutes from the Town of Yarmouth.  


Yarmouth, Nova Scotia


Cape Forchu Lighthouse

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