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Nova Scotia tourist destination becomes more accessible

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Residents of Nova Scotia, Canada, and tourists alike can now sightsee at the popular Peggy’s Cove with much more ease and accessibility.

The new 1,300 square metre observation deck along the Peggy’s Cove coastline was recently opened to the public, providing a more accessible space to view the lighthouse, waves and rocks in a much safer fashion.

The opening included a smudge ceremony and opening prayer by representatives of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre.

“This celebration recognizes the efforts of the community and partners and provides a new and inclusive way to experience Peggy’s Cove,” said Susan Corkum-Greek, Nova Scotia’s economic development minister, in a news release.

“Infrastructure improvements like the viewing deck will enhance community well-being and the experience for many more visitors to this iconic Nova Scotia destination.”

The use of wood and steel in the construction of the deck complements the landscape. Visitors are still able to access the rocks and natural surroundings. The project also includes one of two new scheduled public washrooms and improvements to trail networks that direct people to the lighthouse and parking area.

This past year, residents and tourists were also gifted an expansion of the Visitor Information Centreparking lot, a revamping of the turnaround near the lighthouse, the launch of a parking management system, a new common area in the centre of the village with accessible public washrooms, as well as the redevelopment of the admired DeGarthe Studio.

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