Peggy’s Cove is one of Nova Scotia’s most iconic attractions. The unique coastal experience receives national and international recognition and high levels of visitation. With expansive granite rocks, bold coastline, crashing waves, and a historic lighthouse—Peggy’s Cove exemplifies the quintessential Nova Scotia that visitors love, and residents cherish.
It is also a living community, an active fishing village, and home to year-round residents.
The Peggy’s Cove Master Plan Project began through the Tourism Nova Scotia’s Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program (TRIP), an infrastructure funding program focused on revitalizing Nova Scotia’s most competitive tourism icons.
Develop Nova Scotia has been working with the community of Peggy’s Cove to complete a comprehensive master plan and move to implementation of a first phase of infrastructure improvements that are informed by the master planning process. Given the Cove’s unique identity as both tourism icon and living community, and the significant challenges caused by its popularity, this work is focused on balancing a number of important priorities:
- Ensuring the continued liveability of the community
- Creating a safe, accessible, and engaging experience for locals, visitors, and business operators
- Protecting the community from the impacts of climate change and sea level rise
- Protecting the icon’s value and the direct and indirect value that it generates for the province
The challenges facing the Cove are not new and there is significant urgency as the quality of life for residents is decreasing, the impacts of climate change are steadily increasing, and while visitor numbers are up, visitor satisfaction is decreasing overall.
The Develop Nova Scotia team are builders—both of things and of community. In all of our work, we know that how we build places is as important as what we build. Our partnership and collaboration with the community of Peggy’s Cove has been essential to ensure we are planning with and for the community and that we are guided by the community’s vision for the future.
Vision for the Community of Peggy’s Cove
Peggy’s Cove is a world-class fishing village. People feel proud to live here, families thrive here, and residents benefit financially from hosting the world.
Peggy’s Cove is a visually authentic and beautiful community with the appropriate physical infrastructure (roads, washrooms, garbage collection, etc.).
Peggy’s Cove has effective, clear, and fair rules, regulations, and governance to manage the community first, while accommodating tourism demands so that visitors enjoy their experience and learn about the “real” Peggy’s Cove.
This work is very much a project of projects—there are a lot of elements and even more interdependencies among those elements. The draft Master Plan guides this work, but further community input, technical studies, and design iteration has resulted in adjustments and refinements to many items in the plan and, in some cases, significant changes.
The Implementation Plan provides an overview of the first phase of work that began in Fall 2020 and is ongoing.
The first phase of work includes:
- road work and improvements
- VIC parking lot expansion
- a revamp of turnaround near lighthouse
- breakwater reconstruction
- the restoration and repair of the historic DeGarthe Studio
- a new, accessible public washroom at the Cove
- a parking Inventory System to inform Traffic Management Plan
- a new viewing deck
- a new, fully accessible public washroom near the lighthouse
For a complete overview of the work and how the master planning process informed it, check out this implementation overview:
To download a copy of the Implementation Plan (PDF), click here.
A copy of the Master Plan and appendices can be downloaded here:
The total investment for the first phase of infrastructure improvements was $9.7M, which was assembled from a number of partners and funding sources.