Active Pass and Estevan Point Lighthouses Designated under Heritage
OTTAWA, Jan. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Office of the Minister of the Environment
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and
Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today designated two more
lighthouses in British Columbia under the Canadian Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act (HLPA): Active Pass and Estevan Point Lighthouses.
The HLPA, which was adopted in 2008, allows for the protection of
federally-owned lighthouses on Canada's coastal and inland waters that
have significant heritage value. Administered by Parks Canada, the HLPA
helps ensure Canada's maritime history is protected for the benefit and
enjoyment of present and future generations.
Canadians have nominated hundreds of lighthouses to be considered for
designation under the Act.
Active Pass Heritage Lighthouse and Estevan Point Heritage Lighthouse
are located in two protected areas (Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
of Canada and Hesquiat Peninsula Provincial Park, respectively).
The Active Pass Lighthouse can be seen by millions of ferry passengers
sailing each year between Vancouver Island and Vancouver.
The Estevan Point Lighthouse, located in the Hesquiat Peninsula, was
torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during the Second World War.
Two other British Columbia lighthouses, East Point and Fisgard, were
designated heritage lighthouses in May 2013.
"The exceptional maritime history of Active Pass Lighthouse in the Gulf
Islands, and Estevan Point Lighthouse in the Hesquiat Peninsula, will
now be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. I am
proud our Government attaches such great importance to our West Coast
Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible
for Parks Canada
"The Active Pass and Estevan Point lighthouses located in important
British Columbian waterways, are illustrations of the significant role
lighthouses have played in our maritime history. Today's designation
will allow us to preserve a part of British Columbia's extraordinary
heritage and remind us of the essential role lighthouses along our
entire coast have played in our past and continue to play today."
Hon. James Moore, Minister of Industry and Minister Responsible for
Backgrounder: New Heritage Lighthouse Designations - Active Pass
Heritage Lighthouse and Estevan Heritage Lighthouse
Image with caption: "British-Columbia's Active Pass Lighthouse was today designated a heritage lighthouse. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140113_C8316_PHOTO_EN_35476.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment