PRESCOTT, ON, Jan. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada, today designated the Windmill Point lighthouse, a site at the
heart of a bloody battle in Upper Canada (Prescott, Ontario), as a
heritage lighthouse under Canada's Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act (HLPA).
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.
Windmill Point Lighthouse is the key symbol of the Battle of the
Windmill in Upper Canada. This four-day battle in 1838 between British
troops and local militia defeated an invasion force of 300 American
"Hunters" and Canadian rebels. It brought an end to the Rebellion of
Located close to the American border, this lighthouse was initially
built as a windmill before being converted to a lighthouse in 1874.
For over one hundred years, this lighthouse was associated with the
system of navigation aids along the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes.
The heritage lighthouse and National Historic Site of Canada is
administered by Parks Canada.
"I am pleased that the centrepiece of the Battle of the Windmill
National Historic Site will now be protected for the benefit of future
generations. This lighthouse was a witness to historical events that
have impacted Canada."
Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible
for Parks Canada
"I am thrilled that Canadian history is one of our government priorities
and that we are taking action to protect and preserve cherished sites
like Windmill Point Lighthouse, which has been an integral part of
Eastern Ontario heritage for almost 200 years and an important tourist
attraction for the area."
Gordon Brown, MP, Leeds-Grenville
Backgrounder: New Heritage Lighthouse Designation - Windmill Point
Image with caption: "Today, Windmill Point Lighthouse (Ontario) has been designated as a heritage lighthouse under the Canadian Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140103_C6450_PHOTO_EN_35232.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment