Restoration of Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site
Point Clark, Ontario, September 10, 2013 -- Mr. Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the award of a contract of up to $1.5 million to Limen Group Construction Limited to continue the restoration of Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada. This will bring the total investments made by Parks Canada to $4.7 million by 2014.
Following initial repair work on the structure, work on Point Clark Lighthouse will continue in 2013 and 2014. The contract, tendered through Public Works and Government Services Canada, is part of a long-term plan to stabilize and safeguard important Canadian-built heritage. The work will include stabilizing the exterior stones of the tower, mortar joint re-pointing, stone masonry repair and replacement, window replacement, and interior ventilation improvements.
“Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site is an important local icon, and a key part of the regional tourism offer,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “Our Government is proud to have committed the multi-million dollar investment needed to protect this major contributor to the community’s tourism economy.”
Repair work began in 2011, when workers discovered that the tower was more deteriorated than had been anticipated. The limestone masonry and mortar joints were found to require more work than expected from the initial assessment. As a result, the scale and method of work needed to fix the structure far exceeded that which was called for in the original repair contract. The contract, therefore, had to be re-tendered.
“I’m proud to be part of a government that is investing in the protection and promotion of Canada’s vibrant and irreplaceable cultural heritage such as Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site,” said Mr. Lobb. “With these repairs, visitors will have a renewed opportunity to discover this unique and important place on the shores of Lake Huron.”
On behalf of the people of Canada, Parks Canada manages a nationwide network that makes up a rich tapestry of Canada’s historical heritage and offers the public opportunities for real and inspiring discoveries. Learn more about Parks Canada sites in Ontario by visiting http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/index/ontario.aspx