As a member of the Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc. (CLLS) you’ll be actively supporting the preservation of Canada’s Lighthouse heritage, stories and buildings.
Living in the vastness of Northwestern Ontario, you could take it for granted that these lighthouse sites should be operated by grants from big business or by governments, but the opposite is true.
Big business and governments do help, but by purchasing a membership it assists with CLLS’s ability to build and share the story of lighthouses on Lake Superior. When you arrive at one of our 4 lighthouse sites you will want the trails to be cleared and accessible and someone to show you the many interpretive sites! To do these things, not only are volunteers needed but your financial support helps.
Single & Family Memberships allows members access to; guided tours, the tower and the new Gordon Graham Gallery and Theatre while CLLS summer staff are on-site.
Membership includes; a quarterly newsletter, event invitations, opportunities to volunteer, reduced rental fees of the Porphyry Island guest-house plus access to other lighthouse sites. On June 11th, 2016 our annual lighthouse clean-up took place with 30 volunteers busy painting and preparing the site for summer visitors. Being a member is more than paying for something and getting a card in the mail, it’s about being part of something that’s going somewhere.
As the lighthouse group expands its footprint and builds the lighthouse trail eastward from the city of Thunder Bay, memberships help keep interested people informed, while providing a little revenue for CLLS to help pay monthly insurance installments, or assisting in the hiring more summer students. Every little bit helps.
This year will see some extra services provided on Porphyry Island, increasing the value to our membership. Recently Outdoor Recreation students from Lakehead University did 10 research projects, one of which was on introducing WiFi as a trial to see how ‘social media’ might help to share visitor stories. The National Marine Conservation Area is also enhancing the site with more interpretive signs on the history and wildlife of the island and will introduce the “Red Chairs” campaign.
Without the seed money that memberships brings to the organization the value of a visit would be lessened. Please consider purchasing a single or family membership this year, and be part of something bigger.