The new viewing deck at Peggy’s Cove is now open to the public, marking it as a key piece of the infrastructure improvement strategy focused on creating a safe and accessible visitor experience.
The work was led by Develop Nova Scotia and is funded by Tourism Nova Scotia’s Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program (TRIP), the province of Nova Scotia, and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
Developed in close collaboration with the community, the viewing deck and railings are made of wood and steel, not only materials that will last but are also complementary to the rugged terrain. The rail guard comprises a steel-knit pattern that resembles fish net and is set into the landscape to take the shape of the rock 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 to avoid detracting from the landscape and lighthouse at night. Most of the viewing deck was built on top of an old roadway and reclaims a space for cars to create a safe and accessible place for people.
It is a public space where people can view the lighthouse and experience the waves and rocks in a way that is fully accessible, providing a safer viewing option for all. Other related improvements include public washrooms and improvements to trail connections that lead to the lighthouse and nearby parking area.