Grand Manan lighthouse to undergo restoration thanks to government spending

Funding from provincial and federal governments means a popular lighthouse on Grand Manan will be restored.

New Brunswick officials confirmed Thursday it is partnered with Ottawa to support renovations and upgrades to the Swallowtail Lighthouse.

“The Swallowtail Lighthouse is an iconic New Brunswick landmark that attracts and welcomes visitors to Grand Manan Island,” said Réjean Savoie, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

New Brunswick is expected to investing $85,000 through the Regional Development Corporation, while Ottawa will provide $85,000 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

“Tourism is vital to our rural communities – attracting visitors, creating jobs and driving local business,” said ACOA minister Gudie Hutchings.

She said it pleases her to see the federal government help organizations, like the Swallowtail Keepers Society, strengthen tourism.

The society manages the lighthouse and will undertake the restoration, which will involve work on the lighthouse and lightkeeper’s building.

“We are thrilled with the support received from the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick,” said society president Bart Myers.

“These contributions have allowed us to move forward with the restoration of these historic buildings and preserve them for generations to come.”

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