The Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society has an entry in the Aviva Community Fund Competition. We need you to click on the Aviva website and register. You will have 18 votes which you can cast all at once. Voting closes Friday, October 28 at 4 PM. Please help!
The Nottawasaga Lighthouse stands on an island at the entrance to the busy Collingwood harbour as a reminder of our strong marine history. It was lit in 1858 the same year that Collingwood was incorporated. For many decades our Imperial Tower did her work, keeping mariners safe. The light could be seen for 17miles. But today the light no longer shines. Our tower has fallen into disrepair and named to the National Trust for Canadaâ€™s list of the top 10 most endangered historic sites in Canada.
The Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society is a very dedicated group of individuals working hard to save and restore our once beautiful historic landmark. Enough money was raised and this fall they are able to complete step one of the restoration plan. They are shrink wrapping the structure to slow down the deterioration by protecting it from the elements and the harsh freezing and thawing of our winters. In order for the restoration to begin again in the spring they need to continue fundraising.
"Canada's heritage lighthouses are iconic symbols of our communities and have played a crucial role in keeping mariners safe. They are also important tourism attractions that contribute to local economies." Catherine McKenna Federal Minister responsible for Parks Canada.
It takes a Community to restore a Lighthouse.