Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society
Current and Ongoing Projects
To support our goals of protecting the Sheringham Point Lighthouse and other significant foreshore properties in Shirley, the Society often develops specific projects that may be of a short-term or an ongoing basis. Following are our current projects:
Our major project – restoration of the Lighthouse and its grounds – is getting underway in September 2016, with the first phase being completed by mid November. Phase 2 will commence in the spring of 2017, and will be completed by the end of June. For more details about the restoration project, please click here.
ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
An important part of the work of the Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society is to document and preserve the history of the Lighthouse and its influence on our community. This includes collecting oral histories from people who have been associated with the site over the years. For more details, please click here.
FLEA BEACH CONSERVATION PROJECT
In 2013, the Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society received permission from the Ministry of Transportation to operate and maintain the right of way in Shirley, called Flea Beach. To learn more about this project, please click here.
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
An Explorer’s Guide to the ISLAND LIGHTHOUSES of SOUTHWESTERN BC
by Peter Johnson and John Walls
photography by Richard Paddle
Six years ago, volunteers with the Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society came up with the idea of creating a book about British Columbia’s iconic and storied lighthouses. The project, driven primarily by John Walls, with Elanie Bruton and many others providing help and encouragement, went through various iterations and concepts. Then, in February of 2014, Peter Johnson agreed to take on the task of writing the book, and it was also settled that it would be in the form of a guidebook. Since that time, the work has been frantic, and on June 2, 2015, the book was officially launched at a gathering at Bolen Books in Victoria. To learn more about the project, please click here.
HELPING PROTECT THE ORCAS
The Society has partnered with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to facilitate a Whale Monitoring project at the Lighthouse. Using underwater hydrophones, DFO scientists are able to hear and record the vocalizations of the Orcas that live in and the area and pass by the Lighthouse on their migrations. This information helps to keep track of the health of the local populations, and to stay on top of interactions with the increased shipping and boating activity in Juan de Fuca Strait. For more information, please click here.
ARCHIVES & COLLECTIONS
As part of the Society’s efforts to document and preserve the history of the Lighthouse and its significance to the development of our community and our nation, we are collecting pertinent archival documents, photographs and other materials. We are digitizing these materials, with the intent of making them publicly available through this website. For more details, please click here.