Designating Heritage Lighthouses
Under the federal Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act Canadians can now nominate lighthouses for designation and protection. There is only a two-year window for the nomination process, however, until May 29, 2012. Nominations will be considered by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
So far, 56 lighthouses have been nominated, but only three from B.C.: Point Atkinson, Sisters Islets and Sheringham Point.
Heritage BC and the provincial Heritage Branch have provided the federal Heritage Lighthouse Program with a list of community organizations and local governments that may have an interest in the 35 B.C. lighthouses identified by Parks Canada as having nomination potential. Parks Canada is writing to these organizations and governments to inform them about the nominations process, and to discover if there is an interest in participating in information sessions. Some sessions have already been held in the Maritimes and more may be scheduled on the west coast in September, if the level of interest warrants.
Read the letter from National Historic Sites
For more information, contact Rick Goodacre
Heritage Lighthouse Program
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