Welcome to the Saturna Heritage Centre, housed in the Fog Alarm Building on Saturna's East Point!
We are a volunteer-run interpretation centre focused on the history and other heritage stories of Saturna Island and its inhabitants. The Centre operates from the rehabilitated Fog Alarm Building (FAB) at the East Point Light Station within the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve; however, we are a volunteer-based community-run organization independent of Parks Canada.
The Centre builds on several important initiatives to insure the project grows as a useful and popular asset for the 350 Saturna Island inhabitants, visitors, and other supporters.
When are we open?
We are open 6 days a week (Closed Tuesday) in the summer (June-August) from 10am - 4pm. Also sporadically during the shoulder season. Contact us for details.
What do we do?
During the summer tourist season, the spectacularly situated building is open to the public with heritage displays and volunteer attendants. Themes focus on events connected to Saturna Island. The facilities can also be used for meetings and functions on arrangement. The facilities adapt into a useful editing studio and member workspace during the winter season.
The Centre is collecting, digitizing and properly filing historical images related to our community heritage. This accessible data-base provides a broad range of searchable historical information to the community at FAB and also a selected range for the public via the Centre's web site. These archives are a very useful database for our own story-telling.
The Centre enhances the visitor experience by through the use of audio visual presentations. Numerous video history "vignettes" have been produced with the help of skilled filmmakers; all can be easily selected and viewed inside the Heritage Centre. The operational goal is to develop the necessary skills within the Centre membership to self-produce many more video heritage stories as an integral part of our community activities.
Creative Internet Presence:
The Centre is working to improve this site as well as our heritage archives by adding more information and interactivity for both members and the public. We are pursuing gaming engine technology as a way of presenting heritage information in novel and compelling forms. We intend to continue building on this technology by ensuring a development of necessary skills within our team to grow and develop these fascinating story-telling opportunities.