Community Calls on Heritage Minister to Save Old Lighthouse

The Seal Island Lighthouse, the oldest wooden lighthouse in Nova Scotia and the second oldest in Canada, is facing an uncertain future despite its 200 years of rich history. The remote lighthouse, located on an island 30 kilometers off the southwest coast of Nova Scotia, was built in 1831 by local families to address the high number of shipwrecks in the area.

Now, a community group is urging the federal heritage minister to step in and save the historic structure. Despite its cultural and architectural significance, the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have deemed the lighthouse too expensive to maintain.

The Seal Island Lighthouse Preservation Association believes that the lighthouse is a crucial part of Canada's maritime history and should be preserved for future generations. They argue that the lighthouse is more than a building; it is a symbol of the lives and sacrifices of those who served and protected mariners in one of the most treacherous and busiest seaways in the world.

The association is calling on the government to work with them to develop a plan to save the lighthouse, including potential funding options like licensing agreements with compatible commercial operators or partnerships with not-for-profit organizations focused on heritage preservation and public education.

They argue that the cost of preservation is a small investment compared to the value of the history and culture that the lighthouse represents and the potential economic benefits of heritage tourism. The group emphasizes that lighthouses are an important part of our national identity and should be protected as such.

Despite the challenges, the community group remains hopeful that a solution can be reached to save the historic Seal Island Lighthouse and preserve it for future generations to come.

The Seal Island Lighthouse Preservation Association is calling on Canadians to spread awareness and join their mission to preserve this iconic landmark. They believe that every person has a role to play in protecting our shared history and remind us all of the importance of preserving our collective story.

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