Climb the Light Experience at Cape Forchu

Climb the only lighthouse in Nova Scotia that is open to public tours to the lantern room and enjoy a full panoramic view of Cape Forchu, Yarmouth Harbour, and the Atlantic Ocean! For the 2022 season, a tour can be booked online in advance or you can arrive from 3 to 6 pm daily for a “Quick Climb” starting Monday, May 16th.

All tower climbs are accompanied by a guide, with a maximum group size of 6 people. Participants must be at least 48” tall and weigh less than 250 pounds. Please check-in for your tour inside the keeper’s residence building.

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2022 Tour Options

All Tours Start on Monday, May 16th

Climb the Light Experience

Enjoy a brief but informative history of Cape Forchu shared by our knowledgeable guides. This tour will last approx. 30 minutes, with a climb up the 77 spiral steps to the top of the tower where you’ll marvel at the spectacular view.

Please check our availability calendar and reserve online – be sure to review the safety rules prior to booking. Liability waiver required. Maximum 6 participants per tour.

Plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your tour time to allow for check-in and waiver signatures if not completed online prior to arrival.

Light & Site Experience

With this premium tour, you will have more time to enjoy an expanded Climb the Light Experience including a walking tour on the grounds. Our knowledgeable tour guide will spend approx. 1 hour sharing the rich history of the area, including a climb up the 77 spiral steps to the top of the tower. You’ll learn what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper, the power of the sea, and the history of both the original 1840 lighthouse as well as the present day tower. Light & Site tour not recommended for children.

Please check our availability calendar and reserve online – be sure to review the safety rules prior to booking. Liability waiver required. Maximum 6 participants per tour. Plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your tour time to allow for check-in and waiver signatures if not completed online prior to arrival.


Quick Climb

  • $10/person or $5/child under 12
  • (No advance booking, offered from 3 pm to 6 pm every day)

Don’t wish to commit to a specific time? Not interested in the historical narrative or have children with short attention spans? The Quick Climb tour is first come, first served with six climbers permitted per tour (possible wait times on busy days!) It’s offered daily (beginning Monday, May 16th) from 3-6 pm with no advance booking permitted. After a brief review of the climbing rules, our guide will take you up the 77 spiral steps to the top of the tower to view the sights and take pictures. Tour will last approx. 15 minutes. The guide will gladly answer your questions, however, no historical narrative will be provided.

Liability waiver required. Tickets are purchased onsite in the Keeper’s Residence building.