Lake Ontario landmark up for sale

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2010 at 6:55 AM EDT

By Business First of Buffalo - by James Fink

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Lake Ontario landmark up for sale

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2010 at 6:55 AM EDT

For sale: A historic lighthouse along the Canadian shoreline.

The fabled Port Dalhousie Lighthouse, a Lake Ontario landmark, is one of 1,000 put on the auction block by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans and expected to be sold in the coming months. The outer range lighthouse still has an active beacon used by boaters and used for navigation purposes.

The Canadian federal department has ruled, despite its historic status, the Port Dalhousie could be replaced by a newer and cost-effective building.

Port Dalhousie is not alone.

The Canadian government has made similar rulings for other lighthouses across the country.

Other Southern Ontario area lighthouses may face the same fate including ones in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colbourne and Port Weller.

Does that mean the lighthouse could be acquired by private interests?

Not likely.

The Canadian government prefers to sell the lighthouses to municipalities, civic or community groups.

In 2003, the Town of Fort Erie bought the 92-year-old Point Abino Lighthouse, that was actually decommissioned in 1995. The Point Abino Lighthouse is a registered historic landmark in Canada.