The Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region is one of the premier travel destinations in the province. In this region you can visit the world-renowned village of Peggy’s Cove. Peggy’s Cove is famed for its picturesque and typically East-Coast profile, with houses perched along a narrow inlet and on wave-washed boulders facing the Atlantic. This is still an active fishing community despite being designated a preservation area.
In this region, you can also visit Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse which was built in 1915. It is also known as Peggy’s Point Lighthouse and it is one of the most iconic attractions and most photographed in Canada.
With these amazing sites, the region attracts a lot of visitors from around the world and this became a challenge for its small community.
Matthew Neville, Principal Planner for Develop Nova Scotia and project manager for Peggy’s Cove Infrastructure Improvement Project, has been working closely with the residents of Peggy’s Cove since 2018 to find ways to improve both community and visitor experience, as well as protect the iconic destination in the long term.
The new viewing deck is a key piece of the infrastructure improvement strategy focused on creating a safe and accessible visitor experience. The plan also focused on climate change mitigation, parking, traffic and pedestrian routing, and public amenities. This viewing deck was designed by Omar Gandhi, an award-winning architect. The development of the design was led by Develop Nova Scotia in close collaboration with the community. This project is funded by Tourism Nova Scotia’s Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program (TRIP), the Province of Nova Scotia, and ACOA.
The viewing deck and railings are made of wood and steel, materials that will last and are complementary to the rugged terrain. The rail guard will be steel knit pattern that resembles fish net. It will be set into the landscape and take the shape of the rock so as to avoid overshadowing the real attraction at Peggy’s Cove—the lighthouse, the landscape, and waves. Lighting is subtle and focused on safety, placed with the handrail or wheel guards, so as not to detract from the landscape and lighthouse at night.
This improvement project also includes new public washrooms and trail connections improvements that lead to the lighthouse and nearby parking area.
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