Cape St. Mary's Lighthouse Being Refurbished-Park And Fishermen's Monument To Built

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 13:14 PM

The federal government is providing over $83,000 in funding for the Cape St. Mary Lighthouse.

The announcement was made yesterday in Mavilette by West Nova MP Colin Fraser.

The money will be used to maintain the building's facade and to construct a fishermen’s memorial.

Larry Peach, the Tourism Manager for the Municipality of Clare and the lighthouse Project Manager, says some of the work has been done already including repainting the tower, replacing the roof and replacing the vinyl siding on the lighthouse with cedar shingles.

He says there will also be a number of site improvements.

"That's going to include replacing the chain link fence with a beautiful nautical-style rope and post as well as a boulder barrier is going to be installed.
And to handle the expected increase in visitation a new gravel parking lot is being to created to accommodate over 30 vehicles."

Peach says the natural beauty of the landscape and the amazing sea view will add to the new amenities that will enhance visitor's experiences.

Those will include interpretive panels detailing the history of the Cape St. Mary Lighthouse and local marine ecology and geology and a viewing scope and a wheel chair accessible picnic shelter.

Peach says the centrepiece of the park will be a monument commemorating those lost at sea from Clare.

He says a lighthouse cam will also be installed and they are developing a new web site.

Peach says the unveiling of the fishermen's memorial monument will take place in October at a yet to be determined date.