Picturesque Lighthouse in the Pacific Northwest Designated under Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act
OTTAWA, March 12, 2014
The Nootka lighthouse on Vancouver Island is protected
OTTAWA, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of
State and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver Island, on behalf of
the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and
Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, today designated British
Columbia's fifth heritage lighthouse on the recommendation of the
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. The Nootka lighthouse,
located on the ancestral territory of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht Nation on
Vancouver Island, is now protected for years to come under Canada'sHeritage 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 act
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.
Built in 1958, the Nootka lighthouse is located on the summit of San
Rafael Island on Nootka Island Point on the West coast of Vancouver
Commenting on her visit to the light station, Emily Carr, the famous
British Columbia painter, described the place as being a "strange wild
perch on a nosegay of rocks, bunched with trees, spiced with
In the 18th century, Nootka Sound was an important place of contact between First
Nations and Europeans, and developed into an important centre of
diplomacy and trade.
The other heritage lighthouses designated under the Act in British Columbia include: Fisgard, East Point (Saturna), Active Pass
and Estevan Point.
"Our Government is committed to protecting historic sites that we hold
dear, including heritage lighthouses which are an integral part of the
maritime identity of many Canadians. The Nootka light station, which is
still in operation, is part of an incredibly rich history that
stretches over thousands of years."
The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Member of Parliament
for North Vancouver Island
New Heritage Lighthouse Designation Nootka Heritage Lighthouse
The Government of Canada today announced the designation of Nootka
lighthouse (British Columbia) as a heritage lighthouse under Canada'sHeritage Lighthouse Protection Act.
The Nootka heritage lighthouse, built in 1958, is situated in Yuquot,
British Columbia. It is a square, galvanized-steel tower surrounded by
a steel skeleton tower. In the 18th century, Nootka Sound became an important site of early contact between
First Nations of the Pacific Northwest and European explorers, and
developed into a centre of trade (notably furs) and diplomacy. In 1911,
the Department of Marine and Fisheries built a lighthouse on San Rafael
Island as part of a more general expansion of the lighthouse system in
At the time of its construction in 1911, the first Nootka lighthouse
played a vital role in safeguarding water routes for the many regional
industries that were dependent on marine shipping, including canneries,
logging and mining. The pulp and paper and mining industries would
continue to grow throughout the 20th century. The current tower was built in 1958 to replace the original
1911 lighthouse and primarily serves international vessels exporting
lumber, as well as recreational boaters, many of whom are involved in
developing tourism and outdoor recreational initiatives to supplement
the region's primary industries. The light station is also home to
extensive archaeological remains related primarily to
Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation's history.
The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act
Adopted in 2008, the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act allows for the identification and protection of federally-owned
lighthouses with heritage value. It is the most significant piece of
federal legislation to protect historic places of the last decade. It
will help to ensure that important heritage lighthouses on Canada's
coastal and inland waters remain protected for future generations.
The Government of Canada has taken action to protect heritage
lighthouses by providing the public with the opportunity to nominate
lighthouses for heritage designation; between 2010 and 2012, 348 were
nominated. Designated lighthouses are well-protected as their owners
are required to care for them in accordance with recognized standards
for heritage conservation.
The Nootka heritage lighthouse was designated on the recommendation of
the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.