Welcome to the Leif Ericson Trail
A Yarmouth - Viking Connection?
This scenic trail is named after the famous Norse explorer, and son of Eric the Red, Leif Ericson, who may have visited these shores sometime around 1000 AD.
Many scholars regard Leif Ericson as the first European to visit and perhaps even build a settlement in the New World - nearly 500 years before the arrival of Christopher Columbus!
While we cannot be certain that Leif sailed past, or even set foot upon Yarmouth's shores, a mysterious stone with ancient markings, which may or may not be of Norse origin, has only added to the mystery of a possible Yarmouth - Viking connection.
A Mystery Written in Stone
The famous Yarmouth Runic Stone was discovered at the Head of Yarmouth Harbour in 1812. Carved into the face of the 181-kilogram (400-pound) stone are thirteen characters thought by some to be Norse runes, an ancient form of writing that dates back at least 1,000 years. Other theories have linked the stone to early Basque explorers from the regions of southern France and Northern Spain, and even the Japanese.
Since its discovery, the Yarmouth Runic Stone continues to be a great source of debate among historians and scholars around the world. While this mysterious stone refuses to give up all its secrets, it does have some interesting stories to tell.
Leave No Stone Unturned!
The famous Yarmouth Runic Stone was discovered at the Head of Yarmouth[.] As a modern-day explorer, come and make your own exciting discoveries along the Leif Eric son Trail and Yarmouth County.
You never know what secrets these rocky shores may reveal, or whose ancient footsteps you may be walking in!
Erected by Municipality of the District of Yarmouth.
Location. 43° 47.623′ N, 66° 9.306′ W. Marker is in Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia, in Yarmouth County. Touch for map. Marker is at the Cape Forchu Lightstation. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1856 Nova Scotia Route 304, Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia B5A 4A7, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Diverse Fishery (within shouting distance of this marker); Cape Forchu's Guiding Light (within shouting distance of this marker); In Dire Need of a Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Power of the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Pieces of the Past (about 90 meters away, measured in
Also see . . .
1. The History of Cape Forchu Lightstation. (Submitted on August 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Yarmouth Runic Stone at Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Environment • Exploration • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.