Parks Canada granted the status of 74 flagship heritage site.
These lighthouses are preserved under the Act to protect heritage lighthouses, 21 are in British Columbia, 14 in Ontario, five in Quebec, two in New Brunswick, 14 in Nova Scotia, seven to the Prince Edward Island and 11 in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The president of the nonprofit organization Save Our Lighthouses, Marc Seguin, said it was a good first step, considering that there are over 500 lighthouses in Canada to protect.
Mr. Seguin expects that 50 other structures were added to the list in the next two years. This total, however, represent only a quarter of the flagship of the country, he said.
He added that Canadians must continue to pressure the federal government to preserve the marine heritage.
Of the 74 new protected headlights 42 are federal property and are active in the navigational aid. The others will be devolved to community groups, municipalities and economic development agencies.
In Nova Scotia, Cape George Lighthouse Point is part of the new heritage sites, and Prince Edward Island, the Brighton Beach has been added. In Quebec, the lighthouse on the island of Havre-aux-Maisons, the Magdalen Islands and the Pointe-au-Pere, Rimouski, are on the list.