SYDNEY MINES, Nova Scotia, July 18, 2018
Today Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament (Sydney–Victoria), on behalf the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced that the Government of Canada is providing $390,000 in funding to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality for its project to restore the Command Post of the historic Chapel Point Battery.
Chapel Point is historically valuable and unique among Canada’s coastal defences. The project will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the role this fortification played throughout its lifetime. The restoration project will remove graffiti; repair deteriorated support structures; install new sloped roofs, stairways with handrails and interpretive historical signage; make the structure safe for public use; and provide access to local heritage. Once restored, the Battery will increase exposure to local history while serving as a site for arts and heritage activities for residents and visitors.
This funding is being provided through the Legacy Fund component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, administered by Canadian Heritage. The Legacy Fund supports capital projects that commemorate significant local anniversaries and engage communities in their heritage.