Point Amour Lighthouse Designated under Heritage Lighthouse Legislation
L'ANSE-AMOUR, NL, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada, today designated an iconic landmark of Newfoundland and
Labrador, the Point Amour lighthouse, as a heritage lighthouse under
the Canadian Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act (HLPA).
The HLPA, which was adopted in 2008, allows for the protection of
federally-owned lighthouses on Canada's coastal and inland waters that
have significant heritage value. Administered by Parks Canada, the HLPA
helps ensure Canada's maritime history is protected for the benefit and
enjoyment of present and future generations.
Canadians have nominated hundreds of lighthouses to be considered for
designation under the Act.
Point Amour Lighthouse is the tallest in Atlantic Canada, and the second
tallest in the country.
Located at L'Anse Amour, on the Strait of Belle Isle, this lighthouse
was built in 1857 to increase the safety of transatlantic shipping.
The lighthouse is associated with the most famous marine disaster in the
history of the Strait of Belle Isle, the wreck of HMS Raleigh, a British warship, in 1922.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has agreed to acquire this
lighthouse and protect its heritage character.
"I am very pleased that this symbolic lighthouse, with its exceptional
maritime history, will be protected for years to come. The Point Amour
Lighthouse has been an important part of life in Labrador Straits for
over 150 years and has been re-invented as a unique tourist and
educational destination that is making an important economic, social
and cultural contribution to the area."
The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and
Labrador and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
Backgrounder: New Heritage Lighthouse Designation - Point Amour Heritage