CORNER BROOK While real lighthouses are being closed down and forgotten about all along the coastlines, the replica built for the 1999 Canada Winter Games really continues to get around.
Not long after it was originally built to welcome folks to the Athlete’s Village area on University Drive during the ‘99 Games in Corner Brook, the beacon was transported to a new location on Confederation Drive.
It stood there as part of Corner Brook’s Visitor Information Centre and the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade’s office until Tuesday, when it was dismantled and trucked away.
Earlier this year, the board of trade, which maintains the visitor centre, had announced the lighthouse had deteriorated in recent years and would be removed this spring. On Tuesday morning, a work crew was at the site and had the lighthouse dismantled in about three hours.
Removed in three sections and placed on a flatbed, the lighthouse has been donated to the Town of Humber Arm South.
“We will fix it up and put it on the beach in Frenchman’s Cove,” said Marion Evoy, town clerk with the Town of Humber Arm South.
The town is planning a Come Home Year celebration this summer and hopes the lighthouse will be a welcome attraction in Frenchman’s Cove.
The original announcement stated the lighthouse would be removed May 1. Matthew Connolly, the board of trade’s president, said the work was delayed a few weeks to ensure the Town of Humber Arm South was ready to take it.
There is a plan to have a new addition to the building from which the lighthouse was removed Tuesday, but the new section will not resemble a lighthouse.
“There will be a storage space put back there,” said Connolly. “It will look much like the rest of the building that is still there.”
The work on the new addition is expected to start soon.