For hundreds of years the headland of Cape Forchu has been a destination point for making happy memories. With its mixture of craggy coastlines and curved beaches, abundant and sometimes rare birdlife, as well as deep sea fishing, it’s an irresistable connection to nature that many are seeking.
The Markland Hotel, built in 1904, once stood on the highest point of land and provided spectacular views. The Dominion Atlantic line of steamers departed from Boston, bringing guests from New England to Yarmouth on overnight voyages.
Cost for a week at the resort was $8-$15.
Once they arrived, visitors were transported with their steamer trunks, aboard the inn’s boat across Yarmouth harbour to avoid the “long” road trip around. The boat docked at a 650-metre long pier at Cape Forchu. Some of these posts can still be seen jutting from Inner False Harbour today.
Check out this Markland brochure from Wilfred Allan’s collection. Images in this post are used with his kind permission.
Excerpt: Nature has been very kind to Markland. She has strewn her beauties with a lavish hand. Woodlands, meadows, gorgeous wildflowers, rocky shores and mossy dells, and wild ferns that are dreams of loveliness.
Bathing in the bracing waters of Crescent Beach (now known as False Harbour), was recommended for “vibrant good health.”
The Markland Resort grew to include an old and new hotel as well as cottages. Unfortunately business declined during World War I and finally the new Markland Hotel closed in 1925. The cottages are owned privately now and in some cases have been passed down through several generations. The Cape remains a magnet for oceanside fun and draws thousands each year to experience the sea on wild as well as calm days.