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DINGWALL (NS) – March 24, 2011 – A historic lighthouse that was once a beacon for mariners in the Cabot Strait will now become a landmark in northern Cape Breton, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. The former St. Paul Island lighthouse will be relocated to the St. Paul Island Museum in Dingwall, NS.
“The economy is our government’s top priority and we recognize that investments in community infrastructure help to build strong and vibrant communities and contribute to economic growth,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia. “Our support for this project in Dingwall will increase the community’s capacity to attract visitors who come to enjoy the area’s natural beauty and heritage.”
St. Paul Island is located about 24 kilometres northeast of Cape North on Cape Breton Island. A lighthouse has operated on the Island since 1839. The structure to be relocated to Dingwall is a cast iron, cylindrical lighthouse that was in service on the island from 1917 to 1962 when it was replaced by an automated light. Presently located at the Canadian Coast Guard Station in Dartmouth, the lighthouse will be transported to Dingwall where it will become a feature exhibit at the St. Paul Island Museum. It will help preserve and interpret the history of the area and provide visitors with yet another reason to spend time in Cape Breton.
The total cost of restoring, transporting and erecting the lighthouse is $120,000 and the Government of Canada is investing $108,000 in the project through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation.
“Dingwall has a long maritime tradition and has close ties to St. Paul Island,” said Hamilton Carter, Chairperson of the St. Paul Island Historical Society. “For generations, boats left from here to transport people and supplies to the island and many of our citizens were born, lived, worked and died there thus giving us a close emotional and historical bond with the island.”
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA's programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
St Paul Island Historical Society