What a Fool Believes
This Letterbox is located near the shores of False Harbour, on West Cape Forchu, 3 miles from Yarmouth. There is an excellent view of the Yarmouth Lighthouse from here, and a wonderful beach to watch the birds play and the Cat come and go.
“But what a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems to be
Is always better than nothing
Theres nothing at all
But what a fool believes he sees...”
Michael Mcdonald/Kenny Loggins-The Doobie Brothers
What a Fool Believes - 1978: Album “Minute by Minute”
False Harbour is the site of many false beliefs. False Harbour was first settled by the Mi'kmaq who referred to the Cape and area as "Kespoogwit', meaning "the end of the earth". The Mi’kmaq were excellent sailors and would run their canoes along the coast and out into the ocean regularly. It was once thought that the Mi’kmaq did not settle along this coast, but that was false.
In 1812, a four-pound stone was discovered near here with chiseled marks which were believed to translate to " Leif to Eric Raises ". This has been used as evidence of a “runic stone”, and would have put Leif Ericson here in 1007. It is now thought that these beliefs were false, and the stone is now thought not to be a runic stone, but there is some debate about whether or not the Norse ever settled in the Yarmouth County area.
Samuel de Champlain landed on this most southern tip of Nova Scotia in late May of 1604 and named the site "Cap Forchu" -- Cap meaning 'cape' and Forchu relating to 'fork'. Champlain asked for and received a grant of the land in the area, thinking it would be a good spot to have a fort and trade for furs, he was proven wrong, and in any case the French were removed from the area as part of the expulsion in 1755.
There have been many ships who falsely believed they were entering Yarmouth Harbour here, which caused the government to construct a lighthouse (you get a gorgeous view of it on a clear day), the first day of operation of the Yarmouth Lighthouse was January 15, 1840. Despite the lighthouse, many ships still ended up on the sand bar and beach near where the cache is located on the shores of False Harbour or on the sand bar where the parking is. Examples of the unfortunate ships who ended up here include those such as the William Henry in 1844, the Lamartine in 1872, the Lizzie Maud in 1904 and the Linton in 1930 - the latter a ship from Yarmouth which left the port on December 2, 1930 bound for St.John New Brunswick. There was a heavy sea running and the wind was blowing a gale. The Linton apparently decided to return to Yarmouth and instead of going around Cape Forchu and into Yarmouth Harbour, it went into False Harbour where it went onto the rocks very near where the cache is. No one on board survived; the following morning the Linton's mast could be seen above the surf, but by evening it was totally submerged.
The cache is located at the base of Hotel Hill, so called because a hotel, the Markland, was built here in the belief that tourists would support the businesses. The Markland was built in the late 1880’s and was closed before the depression in the 1930’s..
The Letterbox is a Geocache/Letterbox. The Letterbox is a smaller container inside the main geocache. Please leave the contents of the Letterbox intact, they are not for trading, see geocaching.com for more information on Geocaches and trading items, or use the link on this page to see the Geocaching description for this Letterbox. The Letterbox is in a camoflaged ammo can, and contained at placement the Letterbox and stamp, a pen, pencil and log book for you to record your visit, and trade items including among other things a CITO bag, a Muddler Minnow trout fly, some kiddie swag and the “Signal - June 2006 GeoCoin”. The Letterbox contains the Leaf stamp, a gift from the Scotians, who introduced me to Letterboxing.
There are two routes to the cache, an easy one, and a tougher one, but of course the hard way is shorter, about 1/3 of a km, the longer way is a very easy 1/2 km walk (or driving if you get lucky and the gate is open - then it's a 50m park and grab!). The short, but tough route is to park at the beach access point at the corner where the road bends just before False Harbour Beach, just past Sweeney Drive on the very Northwest corner of the beach, and walk the beach rocks to the cache. It is a tough walk, though, as the rocks are smooth and will roll - be careful. If you go this route, look for the spruce tree at the South edge of the clearing which is about 300m along the beach - go past the white house and past the bank with all the bushes, then look for the clearing; go up the bank there and look for the Letterbox near a piece of driftwood about 50 feet to the South (and very near an apple tree)... The longer, but much easier, walk is to park at the end of the Gerry Road at the Markland Estates gate and walk the 1/2 km on the dirt road staying to the left on all roads - this will lead you to a bluff overlooking the shore, and to your North at the end is the single spruce in the clearing below you - be careful walking over the newly cleared chopping on your way down.
Coordinates are: N 43° 48.190 W 066° 09.611