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Three lighthouses in Atlantic Canada granted federal heritage status

HALIFAX — Three lighthouses in Atlantic Canada have been designated for federal protection under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.

With these designations, a total of 90 lighthouses in eight provinces have now been selected for heritage status — and more are expected to be added to the list.

The new additions include the St. Peters harbour lighthouse in northeastern P.E.I., the Woody Point lighthouse in western Newfoundland, and the Cape St. Mary lighthouse in western Nova Scotia.

Among the 90 heritage lighthouses, 42 are being managed by the federal government and 48 will be managed by new, non-federal owners, including a long list of community groups.

Of the 970 lighthouses and other beacons declared surplus in 2010, 348 were the subject of public petitions for preservation under the act, and community groups submitted more than 150 business plans to make them tourism enterprises.

"Canada's heritage lighthouses are iconic symbols of our communities and have played a crucial role in keeping mariners safe," the federal minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, said in a statement.

"They are also important tourism attractions that contribute to local economies."