Discover the Stories of Saturna Island
WELCOME to the Saturna Heritage Centre located in the Fog Alarm Building (FAB), at East Point (called “Tekteksen”, the ‘Long Nose’ in the Coast Salish Sencoten language) on Saturna Island, British Columbia. The FAB, historically part of the East Point Light Station, is a designated Canadian Heritage Light Station, one of the first of more than 100 light stations across Canada to receive heritage protection by the Canadian government to honour Canada’s maritime history. The East Point Light Station is an operating navigation aid, guiding ships in the international waters separating Canada and the US. The FAB at East Point is one of the most iconic places in the southern Gulf Islands. It is home to the island archives, natural history exhibits, heritage displays, the gift shop, and much more.”
WHO WE ARE
The Saturna Community Club is the oldest community organization on Saturna, having been continuously operating since 1932 and is incorporated as a non-profit society. The Heritage Committee of the Club operates the Centre. We are all volunteers.
Our collaborators include: Parks Canada (for the licence to occupy the FAB), the Capital Regional District (CRD) and Saturna Island Parks and Recreation Commission (SIPRC). Though the Centre is located in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, we are separate from Parks Canada.
WHAT WE DO
We collect, create and display stories of the natural history, human occupation and use through time, and the contemporary community of Saturna Island.
HOW WE ARE SUPPORTED
We are a volunteer run organization funded primarily through donations, sales of Saturna-related merchandise through our store, and some government grants. We have no staff apart from student(s) funded for the summer tourist season by a grant from the Canadian Government through Young Canada Works and Museums Canada.
You can contribute stories, photographs and memorabilia. You can donate through our website and gift shop. You can shop for our books, flags, and other Saturna merchandise. Most importantly, you can volunteer your time and talents to support this work. Please do.