The new Church Point Lighthouse is a replica of the former lighthouse built in 1874. The building has an impressive view from the third-floor deck, recommended for bird watching and observing some of the highest tides in the world.
The new structure is modeled on the shape of the original lighthouse and keeper’s house and will be staffed by marine biology interpreter Chantal Surette from Clare.
She will be on hand to share many interesting facts and stories about the previous lighthouse and local marine life. Visitors are encouraged to have a ‘hands-on’ experience along the adjacent seashore and can tour the lighthouse by following bilingual interpretive panels on the three-floor building.
For a more in-depth experience, Surette will be leading a new intertidal zone experience, involving walks along the beach to gather samples and identify various marine animals and plants.
This activity will be followed by sample analysis in the miniature lab inside the lighthouse.
Université Sainte-Anne professor Shawn Craik and his biology students also use the building as a laboratory for banding activities.
They study a number of bird species, set up nesting boxes in Le Petit Bois and also participate in a pan-American study that tracks the migratory patterns of the tiny northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius Acadicus).
The building will be open 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) and on Thursdays from 1 to 8 p.m. The lighthouse will also be open during some weekends (check website for details). A special event schedule will feature the intertidal zone experience, citizen science swallow walks, photo challenges and stargazing events.
The public is invited to an open house on Thursday, July 13 (3 - 7 p.m.), where project partners - Université Sainte-Anne and Rendez-vous de la Baie Visitor Centre (Municipality of Clare Tourism Services) -will be on hand to meet the public.
For more info and a detailed schedule, visit this site or call the Rendez-vous de la Baie Visitor Centre at 902-769-2345.