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Point Clark Lighthouse Designation

Point Clark | by Kevin Bernard  

The lighthouse is now designated under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.

The lighthouse at Point Clark on Lake Huron is now designated under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.

On Friday, Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb announced the designation on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

The announcement came at a ceremony marking the re-opening of the Point Clark Lighthouse.

The Government of Canada has invested 3.7 million dollars in the conservation project to preserve the lighthouse for future generations.

Conservation work completed included stabilizing the exterior stones of the tower, repairing the masonry and replacing windows.

Point Clark Lighthouse is an important local icon and tourist destination, and remains a functioning navigational aid on the shores of Lake Huron.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss has an agreement with Parks Canada to open the lighthouse to visitors and operates the lightkeeper's house as a local museum.

The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act allows for the identification and protection of federally-owned lighthouses on Canada's coastal and inland waters that have significant heritage value.

Located on Lake Huron, 35 kilometres north of Goderich, Point Clark  Lighthouse was built between 1855 and 1859 and was designated a national historic site in 1966 to commemorate the vital role of lighthouses to navigation on the Great Lakes.

The 27 metre limestone tower topped by a 12-sided lantern framed in cast iron is typical of the six "Imperial" towers built in the region, a lighthouse style rarely seen elsewhere in Canada.




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