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Iconic lighthouse in Cape Breton getting restored

By Caitlin Snow Nov 17, 2023 | 12:35 PM

One of Canada’s most iconic landmarks is about to get restored.

Just in time for its 100th anniversary, the Louisburg Lighthouse is getting fixed up.  It will have surface cleaning, recoating of the light tower and other repairs.

The province will spend $1.3 million on construction that has already started and is expected to be done by the anniversary event next year.

“I am very pleased to see that this historic Cape Breton landmark is receiving the upgrades that it needs. Locals and tourists alike have been visiting Louisbourg for over a century and these renovations mean that future generations can continue to do so,” Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

The first lighthouse in Canada was built in Louisbourg, Cape Breton in 1734 and was damaged and destroyed several times.

The current lighthouse was built in 1923 and is part of the marine navigation system in Canada.