Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Parks Canada Releases List of 74 Newly-Designated Heritage Lighthouses

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Parks Canada Releases List of 74 Newly-Designated Heritage Lighthouses

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List of 74 heritage lighthouses released

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HALIFAX - A five-year process aimed at preserving a key part of Canada's marine history culminated in the release Thursday of a list from Parks Canada naming 74 lighthouses in seven provinces that have been granted heritage status.

The structures that will be preserved under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act include 21 lighthouses 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, said it's a good first step. But he said the federal government has much work to do because there are about 500 historic lighthouses worth preserving in Canada.

Even though the process of designating heritage lighthouses officially ended May 29, Seguin said he expects another 50 lighthouses to be added to the list over the next two years.

However, that new total would represent only a quarter of the country's historic lighthouses.

"That means 75 per cent ... have really been orphaned," he said in an interview from his home near Consecon, Ont.

"What would make me happy is having a lot more than 25 per cent of our marine heritage being preserved. The only way we're going to get there is with much more government involvement at all levels -- but mostly federal."

He said Ottawa must offer more money to the 150 community groups and municipalities that have submitted business plans to preserve their local lighthouses.

Parks Canada did not respond to requests for more information.

In Nova Scotia, which has the most lighthouses in Canada at about 150, the head of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society said the number of designations for her province was too small. …

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