Friends of Yarmouth Light propose floating dock

Carla Allen
Published on February 25, 2016

This cove is one of several locations along the Cape Forchu Lighthouse property under scrutiny as a possible location for a floating dock.

YARMOUTH - Supporters for the installation of a floating dock at the Cape Forchu Lighthouse were all aboard the idea at the Municipality of Yarmouth’s committee of the whole meeting on Feb. 11.

Patti Durkee and Roanne Collier, members of the Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society, made the pitch for the modular dock.

“We’d like to start with kayaks and if we could get the money, do something bigger,” said Durkee, referring to usage.

“We’re not looking at cruise ships but smaller boats from all over,” she said.  She added that the addition would help to make the lighthouse an economic generator.

The project is in its preliminary stage and although supporters would like to see the dock installed this year, much work must be done prior to that happening.

One of the systems, supplied by CanDock, is described as an “easily assembled, high-quality plastic system that is guaranteed for 20 years.”

Several locations along the property’s shoreline are being explored for suitability, as are dock lengths, stair and ramp access design. Preliminary estimates are $10,000 - $15,000, excluding pylon installation. The society will be applying to several sources for funding.

The need for Department of Transportation approval and a permit prior to installation is also being researched.

A proposal allowing the group operating the municipal-owned institution to proceed still has to be approved by council, but judging by the excitement shown by the committee of the whole, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Councillor Trevor Cunningham told the presenters that the concept was “bang on” and that it would be a great addition to the lighthouse. A lot of people have kayaks locally too, so it would be good for local residents and tourists, he said.

Deputy warden Steve Paquette said he believes people often underestimate the value of being on the water.

Councillor John Cunningham brought up the possibility of using the dock for seadoos as well.

Councillor Leland Anthony wanted to know how the dock would be protected in rough weather. Durkee explained that it would be pulled ashore for winter storage.

Presenters suggested a partnership with a local kayaking company – The Song of the Paddle - for tours with a lighthouse focus. The dock would also be open for public use.