HALIFAX – Parks Canada has released a list of 74 lighthouses that have been granted heritage status.
The structures that will be preserved under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act include 21 in British Columbia, 14 in Ontario, five in Quebec, two in New Brunswick, 14 in Nova Scotia, seven in P.E.I. and 11 in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Marc Seguin, head of the non-profit group Save Our Lighthouses, says it’s a good first step, considering there are more than 500 lighthouses worth preserving in Canada.
Seguin says he expects another 50 lighthouses to be added to the list over the next two years, but that total will represent only one quarter of the country’s historic lights.
He says Canadians should keep pressuring the federal government to conserve the country’s marine heritage.
Of the 74 lighthouses designated as heritage sites, 42 will remain federal properties and active aids to navigation while the rest will be turned over to community groups, municipalities and economic development agencies.
The lighthouses in Nova Scotia that have been granted heritage status are:
- Bear River, Digby
- Boars Head, Digby
- Cape George, Antigonish County
- Coldspring Head, Northpoint
- Neil Harbour, Victoria County
- Pictou Island South, Pictou Island
- Port Mouton, Port Mouton
- Prim Point, Digby
- Queensport, Rook Island
- Schafner Point, County of Annapolis
- St. Paul Island Southwest, Dingwall, Cape Breton
- Terence Bay, Terence Bay
- Victoria Beach, Battery Point
- Wallace Harbour Sector, County of Cumberland
– With files from Heide Pearson