OTTAWA, April 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada, designated Quebec's very first heritage lighthouse under
Canada's Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of
Canada. The Île aux Perroquets lighthouse is located in the enchanting
setting of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada.
The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, 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 Act helps ensure that 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.
The Île aux Perroquets lighthouse was built in 1951. The tower is
typical of the replacement towers built by the Government of Canada in
the years following the Second World War.
The lighthouse will be transferred to the Corporation de l'Île aux
Perroquets, which manages the lighthouse station and will preserve its
Starting next summer, visitors will be able to enjoy a pleasant
overnight stay on the island and view the extensive work carried out by
the Corporation and Parks Canada to restore the lighthouse station
The first lighthouse station in the region was built on Île aux
Perroquets in 1888, more than 125 years ago.
"I am proud of my government's undertaking to preserve heritage
lighthouses across Canada for future generations. I am also very
pleased that the Corporation de l'Île aux Perroquets is revitalizing
this lighthouse in order to make it a key tourist attraction in the
Mingan Region and thus boost the regional economy."
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of the Economic Development Agency
of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Infrastructure,
Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
Image with caption: "Today, the Île aux Perroquets Lighthouse was designated a heritage lighthouse. This lighthouse will be transferred to the Corporation de l'Île aux Perroquets. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140411_C9081_PHOTO_EN_38968.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment