first_img That funding is designed to help boost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in the areas of marketing, product development, and regional tourism initiatives. Visitors to one of Nova Scotia’s most popular tourist attractionswill soon enjoy improved services and easier parking. Theprovince announced plans today, May 10, to improve the trafficflow and overall visitor experience in Peggy’s Cove. In support of recommendations made in the Peggy’s Cove AssessmentStudy, the province will invest $834,000 toward the creation ofan interpretive program, and enhancements to the visitorinformation centre and provincial parking lot at Peggy’s Cove. Based on feedback from residents, tourism operators and visitors,the province commissioned the Peggy’s Cove Assessment Study in2003 to address capacity issues and potential tourismopportunities in the area. The study was supported by the Peggy’sCove Commission, the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Society and localresidents. “Peggy’s Cove is an internationally recognized icon of NovaScotia, which attracts about 650,000 visitors each year,” saidRodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Theprovince’s investment will make it even better for visitors andlocal residents.” The St. Margaret’s Bay Regional Tourism Development Associationwill oversee the development of interpretive panels, signs andbrochures that explain the natural and cultural history ofPeggy’s Cove. The association will also be responsible forenhancements to visitor services, including the development ofpicnic areas, benches, information services and kiosks. This workis expected to be completed by the spring of 2006. “These enhancements will enable visitors to better experience therich culture and heritage of Peggy’s Cove,” said Shelley Webb,chair of the tourism development association. “They will alsoencourage visitors to spend more time in Peggy’s Cove and the St.Margaret’s Bay area.” An expanded visitor information centre will focus on improvedcounseling and orientation to the village. Preliminary work isexpected to start late in the summer and will be completed bylate fall. During the construction period, visitor services willbe provided at alternate locations within the village. The provincial parking lot will be expanded to provide additionalparking, and redesigned to provide a turn-around area for largervehicles, such as RVs and motorcoaches. To minimize trafficdisruption, this work will not begin until late fall. “We want to provide a safe and quality visitor experience, whileat the same time protect the identity and integrity of thevillage of Peggy’s Cove,” said Murray Garrison, chair of thePeggy’s Cove Commission. The province’s investment in the interpretive program is part of$15 million in funding announced by Mr. MacDonald in December TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Enhancing the Visitor Experiencein Peggy’s Covelast_img read more