The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) is pleased to be working in partnership this year with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 39 (Atlantic Provinces); and the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to oversee the painting of the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.
“There has been tremendous support and interest by all stakeholders to see the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse painted again this year,” says Darlene Grant Fiander, President of TIANS. “This is a historical and cultural icon and an important tourism asset with visitation averaging 600,000 annually”.
The partnership with the Painters Union began in 2012 and the Union has generously restored and painted the lighthouse on two occasions. “This project can serve as a model for how communities throughout Nova Scotia can work in partnership with one another. The Union has shown incredible leadership and is setting a very high standard of community service,” says Grant Fiander.
“As we work toward the $4 Billion goal for annual tourism receipts in Nova Scotia, the quality of our tourism product matters,” says Grant Fiander. Peggy’s Point Lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse in North America and reflects an important piece of the Nova Scotia brand.
With support from DFO, TIANS has signed a License of Occupancy Agreement with the Federal Government that will allow the painting to take place.
“Fisheries and Oceans Canada appreciates the iconic nature of the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse and is delighted to work with TIANS and the union,” said Mary-Ellen Valkenier, Acting Regional Director-General DFO Maritimes.
“We have been interested in a long-term relationship in caring for Peggy’s Point Lighthouse,” said Jonathan Gaul, the Union’s Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer. “We see this as an opportunity to provide a challenging practical experience for our apprentices, and to contribute back to the community and Nova Scotia.”
Want to see real-time footage of Peggy’s Point Lighthouse? Watch NS Webcams lighthouse cam here.
Photo credit: Tourism Nova Scotia