Friends of Point Prim celebrate trail and lighthouse work

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Published on May 20, 2014

The opening marks the completion of a $30,000 project, funded by Heritage Canada’s Runciman Fund to add a parking lot, gravelled pathways and fix up the exterior of the Point Prim lighthouse at the mouth of Digby Gut.

Published on May 20, 2014

Piper Stuart MacDonald leads the way to the Digby Gut look off at Point Prim after the trails official opening.

Published on May 20, 2014

A few dozen friends of Point Prim gathered on the shore of the Bay of Fundy Friday, May 16 to celebrate the work of the volunteer association now looking after the property and working with the Coast Guard on the divestiture process.

Published on May 20, 2014

Piper Stuart MacDonald plays a few tunes on the shore of the Bay of Fundy at the mouth of Digby Gut.

Published on May 20, 2014

Piper Stuart MacDonald and a few dozen friends of Point Prim celebrate the completion of a $30,000 project to spruce up the lighthouse and the surrounding property.

Published on May 20, 2014

Robert Hersey, chair of the Friends of Point Prim, fries up some scallops at the opening of the new trails at Point Prim lighthouse on Friday, May 16

Published on May 20, 2014

 

Robert Hersey, chair of the Friends of Point Prim, offered scallops to celebrate the completion of a $30,000 project to fix up the lighthouse and the surrounding property.

Published on May 20, 2014

Two young Sunderlands enjoyed scallops so big they can hardly get their mouths around them.

Published on May 20, 2014

A toast to the bright and shiny Point Prim lighthouse.

The Friends of Point Prim had a little shore party at the lighthouse to celebrate all the recent work on the iconic lighthouse.

They had a piper and speeches, a ribbon cutting and more piping while people wandered the trails and then, a couple pans of fried scallops.

Piper Stuart MacDonald, one of the directors of the FPP opened the celebration with a few tunes. Rob Hersey chair of FPP welcomed everyone and then invited Gordon Wilson, past chair of FPP and now MLA for Clare Digby, along with the Ben Cleveland, Mayor of Digby and a director of FPP, to cut a ribbon and officially open the new pathways and entrance to the property.

MacDonald led the group down to the Digby Gut look off, past a display of photographs hung for the event on the wall of the lighthouse.

People wandered the shore paths and the rocks until the smell of frying scallops called everyone back to the lighthouse.

The Friends of Point Prim (FPP) finished a $30,000 renovation project last fall with new shingles and paint on the lighthouse itself, a new parking lot plus a gravelled trail leading around the property.

FPP used a $30,000 grant from Heritage Canada’s Runciman Endowment Fund to pay for the work.

The Digby Area Tourism Association and the Department of Tourism paid for an earlier project to install a new welcome sign, new interpretive panels, benches and picnic tables.

The divestiture process continues slowly forward. Hersey says he expects the process could take until sometime in 2015.

FPP looks after the site under a licensing agreement with the Department of Fisheries, which Hersey says, will be renewed in December.

Friends of Point Prim Facebook page

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Organizations: Heritage Canada, Runciman Endowment Fund, Digby Area Tourism Association Department of Tourism Department of Fisheries

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