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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cove Island Lighthouse Upgrades

Tobermory | by Kevin Bernard  

Work includes structural repairs to interior, exterior of former light-keeper's house

Cove Island Lighthouse off Tobermory 

Our federal government is pumping up to $200,000 into the Cove Island Lighthouse off Tobermory.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller has announced the funding, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The investment will be used for structural repairs to the interior and exterior of the former light-keeper's house and restoration of the stone work of the light tower.

Removal of existing lead-based paint and repainting of the Cove Island Lighthouse will also take place.

Construction for the Cove Island Lighthouse began in 1855 with the site becoming operational in October 1858.
Having been continuously manned from 1858-1991, the Cove Island Lighthouse is the longest light-keeper-occupied station in Ontario.
The Cove Island Lighthouse has been petitioned for heritage status under the Heritage Lighthouse Preservation Act and is currently under review.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided investments in public infrastructure across Canada.

Last fall, Prime Minister Harper announced an additional investment of $5.8 billion over the next two years to invest in infrastructure across the country in areas such as heritage, First Nations education, defence, research facilities, and harbours.



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