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Fort Mississauga undergoing major restorations
Restoration work at Fort Mississauga began this April. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

A new wooden roof with solar panels will soon be installed at Fort Mississauga on NOTL’s lakefront.

Water has been leaking into the building through the existing roof at the national historic site. The new roof is intended to dry the structure out and help protect it.

The solar panels will provide some lighting inside and outside the tower as the site has no electricity.

“We decided we wanted some lighting on the outside for security but also for aesthetics,” said Brendan Buggeln, Parks Canada’s asset manager. “And also, some lighting on the interior of the building so any time we go in there, we don’t need to be using flashlights as much.”

“And rather than bringing electrical services out to the site across the golf course and through archeology and all of that, we found that putting solar panels was a more cost-effective way of providing the lighting we needed,” he told The Lake Report in a phone interview.

It’s just to light up the tower at night, so the lighting won’t disturb anyone nearby, he said.

The construction started earlier in April and is expected to be completed this fall. The total cost of the project is about $1.3 million.

There will also be some minor restoration work to the interior and exterior walls.

Working at Fort Mississauga, which was built between 1814 and 1816, is a challenging job, Buggeln said, “because it’s old and it’s unique in Canada in its design and construction. Actually, we’ve been working on this project for a number of years already.”

He said Parks Canada teamed up with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club, which surrounds the fort, to avoid causing any disturbance.

Crews have worked hard to minimize any impact for visitors to the site, he said. “We expect the disruption to be minimal.”

Visitors can walk to the top of the earth berms around the fort and view the renovation work, but for people’s security Parks Canada has closed the grounds around the tower, he said.