'Momentum' remains to preserve beach lighthouse


Staff member
Feb 15, 2004
The Beach Strip
George Thomson, chair of the executive committee for the Beach Canal Lighthouse group, echoed the positive signals that have been coming from the federal government

“It’s only a matter of months until we can gain access to the tower,” he told members of the Hamilton Future Fund recently.

The 17-metre (55-foot) stone tower dates to 1858. A lighthouse has existed at the current location to the entrance of Burlington Bay since the 1830s.

The 1.5-storey lighthouse keeper cottage was constructed in 1857. Both were operation until 1961.

Since 2004 when the federal department of public works and government services declared the land where the 1858 light station and keeper’s cottage is located surplus, the not-for-profit beach lighthouse volunteer group has attempted to acquire the lighthouse to restore it. The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans owns the lighthouse, while Public Services and Procurement Canada owns the property. The federal government has refused to transfer or lease the property to a volunteer group.
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