History of the HLC
The Harrison Lewis
Centre opened in 2008, providing a venue for research,
education and appreciation through workshops, seminars, and a
variety of presentations. However, its origin goes back
more than a decade as residents and friends of the Port Joli
Basin recognized and began talking about the need for a field
laboratory and station to support students of natural history.
When it came to
naming the Centre, an obvious choice was the late Dr. Harrison
Flint Lewis who long ago recognized the ecological importance
of the area and chose to live nearby in active retirement from
his position as first Director of the Canadian Wildlife Service.
Dr. Harrison Flint Lewis.
Centre has been a collaborative effort aided by volunteers. The
main building and bunk houses were built largely with timbers
milled by the grandson and great grandsons of Dr. Lewis from
logs grown on neighboring lands. The majority of furnishings,
appliances, and laboratory equipment were (and continue to be)
generously donated by a variety of individuals and organizations.
The Harrison Lewis
Coastal Discovery Centre Society is a registered charitable organization, governed by an all-volunteer
board of directors.
Anne van Loon, Sec. Tr.
Members at large:
Dirk van Loon
In the interest of supporting independent research pertaining
to the environment of the South Shore coastal region the Harrison
Lewis Centre has instituted a Research-In-Residence program.
Please contact the Centre for details.
There is much to do in maintaining facilities and programs at
the Harrison Lewis Centre. We invite volunteers to join us for
periods of up to two-weeks from May to October. In exchange for
help the centre provides food, lodging, and discounted rates
for seminars, workshops, etc. Contact the Centre for details.
Cash donations to build a bursary program and purchase supplies
are welcomed. As a registered charitable organization, receipts for tax purposes
can be issued. Donations of used tools, lab equipment, and
specific items of furniture are appreciated.