Film com­pany bar­ri­cades at Cape Forchu soon to be re­moved

Recla­ma­tion work un­der­way on land used for film set


The film com­pany that re­cently wrapped up film­ing of The Light­house on the Leif Eric­son trail at the Cape Forchu site is now busy re­turn­ing the prop­erty to its for­mer state.

Greg Shay, in­terim CAO for the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Yarmouth, says crews have pretty well stripped all of the build­ings and re­moved them. The scaf­fold­ing for the light­house will likely be the last thing dis­man­tled.

The ground was dis­turbed “quite a bit” by the ma­chin­ery re­quired to put up the tem­po­rary build­ings and light­house for the movie. Re­seed­ing, re-sod­ding and resur­fac­ing the walk­ways is in progress.

“It’s go­ing well and will be com­pleted within the next cou­ple of weeks, de­pen­dent on the weather,” said Shay.

“The plan is to re­move those bar­ri­cades the end of next week, around the 18th, but they might move a lit­tle bit closer to the park it­self,” he said.

As there may still be some work left to do at the park, pub­lic ac­tiv­ity may be re­stricted at the en­trance un­til re­me­di­a­tion has been com­pleted.

Shay says it will likely take a while for nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion to move back in and take over the site as it was be­fore. Film crews have pretty well stripped and re­moved all of the build­ings built for The Light­house movie set at the end of the Leif Eric­son trail. The scaf­fold­ing for the light­house will likely be the last thing dis­man­tled.

The film crew be­gan set­ting up the set at the end of the Leif Eric­son park on March 1.

Ini­tially peo­ple could still ac­cess the park­ing lot at the prop­erty but then a bar­ri­cade was erected on April 4 near John’s Cove beach, per­mit­ting only those in­volved with the film and the hand­ful of lo­cal res­i­dents to pass.

In the early days of the pro­duc­tion it had been in­di­cated on the bar­ri­cades them­selves that they would re­main in place un­til May 11.

An­other set for in­te­rior shots was lo­cated at the Yarmouth air­port in a hangar. Af­ter film­ing fin­ished in Yarmouth, there was some fur­ther film­ing done in Hal­i­fax.

While you can’t go to the light­house prop­erty, you can still “visit” on the Cape Forchu Nova Sco­tia we­b­cam. The film will be re­leased next spring and stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pat­tin­son.

The film project cre­ated an eco­nomic boon for the lo­cal econ­omy.

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