Two more lighthouses protected under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act
OTTAWA, Feb. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced the designation and protection of two more heritage lighthouses under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.
With these new designations, a total of 92 lighthouses in eight provinces have now been protected under the Act - and more designations will follow.
The lighthouses designated today are both situated in the province of New Brunswick: the Inch Arran Point Front Range Lighthouse, a square tapered, wooden lighthouse built in 1870 that is located in Dalhousie, and the Long Eddy Point Lighthouse, a combined lighthouse and fog alarm building located on the northern tip of Grand Manan Island.
Among the 92 heritage lighthouses, 42 are to be managed by the federal government and 50 are to be managed by new, non-federal owners. Many community-based organizations and other levels of government are currently working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to take over responsibility for the care and protection of many more lighthouses that are important to their communities.
"The Long Eddy Point Lighthouse is a treasured symbol of our community. Its heritage lighthouse designation will ensure that its unique tower and fog alarm building will be protected for generations to come. I am proud to recognize the designation of this rare surviving example of an aid to navigation station necessitated by the stormy weather of the Bay of Fundy. Its designation will allow our community and tourists alike to continue to appreciate it for its history, scenic views, and popular whale and bird-watching site."
Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest
"The Inch Arran Point Front Range Lighthouse has been in our community for decades and I am delighted with the fact that it is now designated a national heritage lighthouse. This lighthouse played an important role in the development of Dalhousie, a town that has historically relied on the sea to connect it to the rest of Canada. I am happy that our community will continue to protect an important piece of Canada's cultural maritime heritage."
Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche
- The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, which is administered by Parks Canada, allows for the identification and protection of federally-owned lighthouses with heritage value. The federal government and other non-federal owners protect heritage lighthouses under the terms of this Act.
- New owners of heritage lighthouses may be eligible to apply for funding to support conservation and presentation projects through Parks Canada's National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places.
- These designations are made by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Backgrounder: Designated Heritage Lighthouses
SOURCE Parks Canada
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