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Will Cape Jourimain Light Be Saved?

By Timothy Harrison


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Not only is Canada’s Cape Jourimain Lighthouse in Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick in a sad state of deterioration, it will need to be moved if it is to be saved from toppling over the eroding cliff.

The 1887 tower has suffered from neglect since it was deactivated in 1997. The lighthouse, located on the Northumberland Strait on the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, is a popular destination of people visiting the grounds of the non profit Cape Jourimain Nature Center.

Greg Fallon, the executive director of the Nature Center said the cost of restoring the structure and moving it away from the eroding cliff is beyond their financial capabilities.

This is not the first time the lighthouse has been in danger. In 1915 the lighthouse had to be moved from an eroding shoreline. But, that’s when the lighthouse was an active aid to navigation and the Canadian government footed the bill.

The Cape Jourimain Lighthouse is just one of the numerous Canadian lighthouses that are suffering from neglect, a problem that the federal government of Canada is doing little to solve.

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