Peggy’s Cove lighthouse completes overhaul in Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove lighthouse completes overhaul in Nova Scotia

The world famous lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove in the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia, is coming to the end of a weeklong makeover.

The volunteer project involved a crew of five and saw the historic structure given its first fresh coat of paint since 2012.

The team began the process by blasting off the old coating with pressurised water before applying approximately ten gallons of primer followed by a further twelve gallons of top coat.

The volunteers used a rope system instead of scaffolding to support painters, making the work less disruptive to visiting holidaymakers.

Peggy’s Point Lighthouse was built in 1914, replacing an earlier nineteenth century wooden structure, and is one of the most photographed buildings in Canada.

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Measuring nearly 50ft tall, the structure is situated on an extensive granite outcrop at Peggy’s Point, immediately south of the nearby picturesque fishing village of Peggy’s Cove.

The lighthouse, which is still operational, is less than an hour’s drive south of the provincial capital Halifax and welcomes some 600,000 visitors each year.

With more than 8,000 miles of coastline, Nova Scotia has a rich maritime history and is home to more than 150 historic lighthouses.

For centuries they helped protect seafaring visitors and those who looked to the sea for their living.

Today many of the lighthouses, from Cape Forchu to Louisbourg, are open to the public and make for the ideal stop-off locations when on a Nova Scotia road trip.