Peggy’s Cove Infrastructure Improvement Strategy


Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia


Community of Peggy's Cove, ACOA, Tourism Nova Scotia, Department of Public Works


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Last updated: November 1, 2022

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Community Meetings + Contacts

  • Build Nova Scotia is hosting a Community Drop-in and season debrief in Peggy’s Cove in early December.
  • Build Nova Scotia’s project team are available for on-site meetings by appointment, as well as meetings by Zoom and phone. Feel free to reach out to any member of the project team or send a note to
  • For operational questions or issues, please contact Todd Brayman at or 902-219-3462.
  • For road related issues, pass your concern directly along to Public Works through the Province’s Operation Contact Centre (OCC) at 1-844-696-7737 or by email at  The OCC is open 24/7.

Minor Construction | Fall 2022

  • Contractors will be on site making minor warranty repairs and fixes over the next few months in both the lighthouse washroom and on the viewing deck.

Operations Updates | Fall 2022

  • The hours of the Cove and lighthouse washrooms will change to 9am-6pm on November 1, 2022.
  • The Cove washroom will close for the season on December 1, 2022.
  • One safety attendant will continue to be onsite until January 3, 2023. Their return date is still to be determined.
  • Safety attendant hours from November 1, 2022 to January 3, 2023 are 8am–6pm.

deGarthe Properties

  • The Province has given us approval to enter into license agreements for the deGarthe Garage, just like we have with the deGarthe Studio. We are thrilled to let you know we have a signed agreement from Neil Depew for the Studio and expect to have a signed agreement with the Hags on the Hill for the Garage in the coming days.
  • Originally, the Hags were the successful proponent for use of the Studio but, now that we have all seen Neil in action, everyone agrees that his practice is the best suited for the space and best meets the intent of the building’s preservation. And, everyone wins. The Garage is better suited to the Hags needs and they are pleased with where we’ve landed together.
  • The final item we still need to work out is how the publicly-owned lands and infrastructure in Peggy’s Cove might support Paint the Cove and other community events for 2022. We intend to work with event organizers and community to source solutions for the 2023 season.

Viewing Deck Updates

  • The viewing deck opened to the public in October 2021. Since then, we’ve continued to clean up small items and maintenance as needed.
  • Build Nova Scotia continues to observe and gather feedback—feel free to share any thoughts you have with anyone from our team or through

Line Painting + Parking Inventory System

  • The parking inventory is functional however a few cameras went offline during Hurricane Fiona. Our supplier is currently working to correct the issue.
  • Build Nova Scotia will continue to monitor the system throughout the off season and adjust as needed. The sign is expected to remain off until Spring 2023.

Security Cameras

  • Build Nova Scotia operates camera systems in Peggy’s Cove to support our work and operations. There are cameras installed at the lighthouse washroom, the cove washroom, and the deGarthe Studio—they help us evaluate site conditions and monitor for operations issues on provincially-owned properties in Peggy’s Cove.

Signage Program

  • Wayfinding and welcome signage are complete and installed.
  • To complete the signage for this year, two new “Warning” signs were installed. One on the path from the viewing deck to the lighthouse and one on the path from The Sou’Wester parking lot to the lighthouse. These signs intend to be more direct and visible for visitors.
  • Build Nova Scotia are also working with families affected by tragedy in Peggy’s Cove and Mi’kmaw community members to explore and develop two new interpretive signage additions for 2023.

Safety + Harm Prevention Program

  • Safety Staff. Build Nova Scotia has contracted on-site attendants for short-term pilot to help address safety concerns in Peggy’s Cove. At least 1 attendant has been on site 7 days a week from 8am-8pm since late August. Between August 25 and October 23, 2022, there have been 849 engagements with visitors to provide safety information.

    The attendants are providing direct intervention, communication, and education focused on visitor safety, harm prevention, any immediate safety issues on the public lands and infrastructure in Peggy’s Cove. Their presence is proving to be an effective addition to the efforts to increase harm prevention efforts and visitor safety in Peggy’s Cove.

    The attendants’ duties include monitoring the rocks to provide warnings and point out dangers to visitors; providing immediate first aid; calling emergency services when required; helping with the general flow of vehicle circulation at the layby and Lobster Lane; and on-scene incident management as necessary. These attendants are not authorized to lead any physical interventions or water rescue.
  • New Safety Content. Build Nova Scotia is working with the Life Saving Society of Nova Scotia, the Department of Public Works, and the Department of Economic Development to develop additional safety and operational content that can help educate and inform visitors before and during their visit—this includes the production of a new safety video and the development of a microsite to provide safety information alongside helpful operational information like washroom hours, parking information, weather, and accessibility information. We hope to share the new video and website with you in early November.