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Have you ever visited a real lighthouse? Today we celebrate National Lighthouse Day!
Ever wonder about what else a lighthouse does other than just keeping a specific area “lit up?” Lighthouses have so many different jobs, they are sound fog alarms, they assist in aerial navigation, they provide weather observations, they maintain radio communications, they offer search and rescue services and sanctuary, and they issue tsunami warning off the North Pacific coast.
There are many lighthouses around the world, but the first lighthouse that was built in Canada was in Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia in 1734. As years went by, battle and fire damaged the structure of it and it was rebuilt several times. Lighthouses were later built on the shores of Lake Ontario, the coasts of Newfoundland, Seal Island at the entrance of the Bay of Fundy and îsle Verte at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.
The Government of Canada operates 51 lighthouses across the country including 1 in New Brunswick, 27 in British Columbia and 23 in Newfoundland and Labrador. Lighthouses play an enormous role in Canada’s identity, culture and landscape.
Today we honor those lighthouses for their support and if ever you get a chance, please do go check one out!