Local lighthouse competing for top prize


The Port Bickerton Lighthouse is battling it out with other lighthouses in Nova Scotia in Heritage Canada’s “This Lighthouse Matters” crowd-funding competition which began June 17.


During the month-long competition, which ends on July 15, the general public is able to vote online once per day for their favourite lighthouse.


Heritage Canada’s initiative will provide cash prizes to those participating lighthouse projects gaining the greatest amount of public support during the campaign.


The goal of the initiative is to assist the efforts of local groups and communities and groups seeking to preserve Nova Scotia’s famous seacoast icons.


Many of these lighthouses, abandoned by the federal government as redundant, are rapidly disappearing as they fall victim to the ravages of time and the harsh maritime environment.


The Port Bickerton Lighthouse which was divested to the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s by the federal government in 2012 has been a popular Eastern Shore tourist destination since the opening of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre by the non-profit Port Bickerton and Area Planning Association on the site 20 years ago. In 2014, a new artist retreat was opened in the former lightkeeper’s residence on the site.


The Port Bickerton Lighthouse is the only lighthouse along the Eastern Shore and Northumberland Strait in the competition. The Port Bickerton and Area Planning Association is asking for public support from all citizens in the region in voting for the Lighthouse daily during the next four weeks at http://thisplacematters.ca/project/port-bickerton-renovation-lighthouse-interpretive-centre/.


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