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Port de Grave lighthouse designated for protection

The Green Point Lighthouse at the tip of the Port de Grave Peninsula, as seen in 1922. — Courtesy Canadian Coast Guard
The Green Point lighthouse at the tip of the Port de Grave Peninsula, as seen in 1922. — Courtesy Canadian Coast Guard

OTTAWA – The federal government announced three new structures for designation under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act on Monday, Dec. 11, including the Green Point lighthouse in Port de Grave.

A total of 95 lighthouses have now been designated under the act in eight provinces. Of those, 42 will be managed by the federal government and 53 by new, non-federal owners.

"The Green Point Lighthouse has been in the community for decades and I am delighted with the fact that it is now designated a national heritage lighthouse,” Avalon MP Ken McDonald said in a news release.

“The lighthouse served both the inshore and Labrador fisheries, contributing to the growth of the local economy and surrounding communities. Today, Bay Roberts and Port De Grave continue to be busy marine ports with the lighthouse guiding numerous tankers, ferries, fishing and cargo vessels, and recreational boaters."

The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, which is administered by Parks Canada, allows federally owned lighthouses with heritage value to be identified and protected.

The designations are recommended by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and approved by the minister of Environment and Climate Change.

The other two lighthouses designated on Monday were the Gillis Point lighthouse and Black Rock Point lighthouse, both located in Cape Breton.

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