The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth (MoDY) was incorporated in 1879. It is divided politically into seven districts, which are represented by an appointed Warden and six councillors. It is one of three municipal units in Yarmouth County with the Town of Yarmouth and the Municipality of the District of Argyle being the others. MoDY consists of 587km2 of land, 570 km of coastline and 503km of lake-frontage. Its population, as of the 2016 census, is just under 10,000 people.
Approximately 20 years ago, the Municipality of Yarmouth took ownership of Cape Forchu light-station and lands surrounding the station as a result of Federal divestiture processes. Municipal Council has listed the development of the Cape Forchu Heritage Site as one of its six strategic priorities. A key activity required to meet the direction of Council to, "make Cape Forchu a world class tourism destination," is a comprehensive vision and strategy. Therefore, MoDY is proposing to create a Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) in consultation with area residents and community stakeholders.
Cape Forchu has been welcoming visitors since 1604, when Samuel de Champlain landed and named the area "Cap Forchu," meaning "forked tongue of land." The Cape light has been guiding sailors and fisherman into the safe waters of Yarmouth Harbour since 1839. The Light station and grounds surrounding it was the first operating light station in Canadian history to be transferred to a municipality from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans through the Alternative Use Program on June 1, 2000 in exchange for the delivery of services.
In 2003 it became a registered heritage property of Nova Scotia and is currently a must-do experience for visitors exploring the region.
Currently the 19 acre (7.7 ha) site is comprised of the concrete lighthouse (apple core design), light keepers quarters (museum and restaurant), the "Wentzell" House, fog horn building, an out building, boathouse, public washrooms and the Leif Ericson Trail. The buildings on the site are open to the public from May to September, but the Trail and the site generally are accessible to the public year round.
This document is meant to solicit proposals to develop a CMP for Cape Forchu. To this end, it will provide the reader with an understanding of intended content of the CMP and to provide an idea of the current state of affairs surrounding the Cape.
This document references several of the Municipality’s (and some of its partners) strategic documents which must be considered when the successful proponent drafts the Cape Forchu CMP. Please see the references in the Appendices section.
The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth is seeking consulting expertise to facilitate the creation of a Comprehensive Master Plan that will provide a clear path forward for developing Cape Forchu as a world class tourist destination. The CMP must take into consideration all of the stakeholders of this iconic asset, respect and preserve the historical context, compliment, promote and benefit the Cape’s surroundings and the community at large. Click on the following link to view the Cape Forchu Comprehensive Master Plan tender documents.
Bidding organizations must clearly demonstrate a proven ability to develop a Comprehensive Master Plan for this important municipal asset.