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Barriers, warning signs to go up at Peggy's Cove after tourists swept off rocks

HALIFAX — Tourists drawn to the raw beauty of one of Atlantic Canada's most recognizable landmarks will soon have to contend with barriers aimed at making them safer.

The Nova Scotia government says it plans to install safety signs, interpretive panels and a video message warning of the sea's power at Peggy's Cove.

The Sou'Wester, a restaurant overlooking the site's iconic lighthouse, will also put rock barriers around the parking lot to guide visitors towards warning signs.

The measures come out of recommendations made by a team of members from the community and local organizations.

Business Minister Mark Furey says tourism staff will improve communications with visitors, while a social media safety campaign will be launched at the start of the tourism season.

There have been several incidents of people being swept off the rocks at Peggy's Cove in recent years, with a 25-year-old Ontario man killed after he was pulled into the Atlantic Ocean from the rocks last April.

The Canadian Press

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