Nova Scotia

Peggys Cove lighthouse gets some TLC

The lighthouse at Peggys Cove will soon be freshened up for the remainder of the tourist season, according to a media release.
It cost nearly $25,000 to fix the lighthouse just three years ago. (CBC)

The flaking lighthouse at Peggys Cove will soon get a much-needed makeover, just in time for the end of the busy summer tourist season, according to a release.

The iconic lighthouse at Peggys Cove has been falling into disrepair as Nova Scotia and the federal government continue talks about who will be responsible for the structure in the future.

Now, a coalition  of groups including the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the St. Margaret's Bay Tourism Association and the provincial and federal governments are working together to make sure the Nova Scotia landmark gets a fresh coat of paint.

Darlene Grant Fiander, president of TIANS, says work on the lighthouse could begin as early as next week, weather-permitting.

Fiander told CBC News the work shouldn't take more than three weeks to complete.

From afar, the lighthouse seems picture-perfect, but on closer inspection it's easy to see concrete crumbling from the side of the structure and its peeling paint.

Some residents of Peggys Cove complained that the lighthouse was looking neglected this summer.

The federal government is in the process of divesting itself of this lighthouse, along with several others.