Peggy's Cove lighthouse to get a facelift
Tourists visit the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, N.S. on Friday, April 8, 2011. (Andrew Vaughan / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Thursday, July 26, 2012 4:32PM ADT
Nova Scotia’s most iconic lighthouse is getting a facelift.
The lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove, N.S. will be getting a paint job thanks to the joint efforts of several departments of government, provincial and local tourism associations, and a painters' union.
The Tourism Association of Nova Scotia is partnering with the St. Margaret’s Bay Tourism Association, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism to oversee the project.
“Peggy’s Point Lighthouse is one of the most photographed places in North America,” says Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse, MLA for Chester-St. Margaret’s, on behalf of Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “This is a great collaboration between government, business, and the community to ensure Peggy’s Point Lighthouse is properly maintained as one of Canada’s most treasured tourism attractions.”
The tourism beacon has been in disrepair for quite some time. The federal and provincial government couldn’t agree on whose responsibility it was to fix the structure.
The Atlantic chapter of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades has agreed to donate product and labour for the project.
“We are interested in a long-term relationship on caring for Peggy’s Point lighthouse,” says the union’s business manager and secretary treasurer, Jonathan Gual. “We see this as an opportunity to provide a challenging practical
experience to our apprentices and to contribute back to the community and Nova Scotia.”
The work is expected to be done by early August.