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Souris Harbour Authority is a long time client in my family’s hometown of Souris, P.E.I. They are a not-for-profit community based corporation established to own, operate and promote the development of the Port of Souris.
Over the years, they’ve grown and expanded their operations to include a historic lighthouse and cold storage facility. And there has been a mix of separate websites and branding for the various operations.
I was recently asked to redesign and consolidate the web presence into one central site with a consistent look & feel. It was launched this week: sourisharbourauthority.com. The site has to appeal to a varied audience including commercial shippers, agents & receivers, tourists, local residents, boat owners & fishermen.
This Monday was the official grand opening of the Souris Historic Lighthouse. Working on this project, I’ve had the opportunity to develop the identity, website, brochure, signage and—probably what’s been most interesting—interior and exterior interpretive signs.
Visitors to the lighthouse can take tours to the top and to the outer platform, and learn—in sort of a mini-museum—about the history of the light and surrounding area. The lighthouse also includes a local craft shop and interpretation of the history and formation of sea glass. Funds from the tours will go towards maintenance of the building.
This is particularly timely since the Federal Government has recently declared almost 1000 Canadian lighthhouses as “surplus“. Basically, it is now going to be up to communities to manage & maintain the surplus lighthouses. Which is exactly what Souris is doing.
Since I’ve been responsible for designing such a range of the communications material, we’ve been able to maintain a consistent look & feel throughout the experience. Hopefully the lighthouse will bring new visitors to the area!
This is the very beginning of an exciting new project. The old lighthouse in Souris, PEI (currently unused) has been renovated by the local harbour authority and will be re-opened this summer as an interpretive centre & gift/craft shop. I’ve been hired to work on the identity, signage, advertising & what I’m most excited about—the interpretation! The plan is to have exterior reading signs & an exhibit room on the top floor with displays, video, artifacts & stories.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love interpretive signs so you can understand my excitement.