Peggy's Cove, Halifax
This a small rural community and it is a photographer's paradise! I went there during the summer and it was windy and a little cloudy so it is always better to know the condition of the weather to enjoy the view.
Also there is a memorial sight of The Swissair Flight 111 tragedy. You can watch a documentary about it here:
Peggys Cove is 43 kilometres southwest of downtown Halifax and comprises one of the numerous small fishing communities located around the perimeter of the Chebucto Peninsula.
The community is named after the cove of the same name. Peggy is a nickname for Margaret, and the village may have taken its name from St. Margarets Bay upon which it is situated.
Peggys Cove is one of the busiest tourist attractions in Nova Scotia and is a prime attraction on the Lighthouse Trail scenic drive. The community's famous lighthouse marks the eastern entrance of St. Margarets Bay and is officially known as the Peggys Point Lighthouse.
Also you must not miss your chance to see the clowns of our local seabird population, the puffin. These beautiful little comics are definitely a sight to behold. The puffin is an expert swimmer and often emerges from an underwater foray with six or more small fish dangling from its serrated bill. They suffer considerable losses from herring and other gulls whose numbers are increasing due to human interference.
A good way to see them is to book a whalewatching tour and see the two.
There is a good tour called Peggy's Cove Whale & Puffin Watching Tour. About an hour from Halifax.
A six hour tour is $93.00 US
If you are at Halifax, remember to go for day tours and visit the famous places around Halifax such as Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg. There are many tour companies which offer such day trips but most are only limited to summer to early autumn. If you want a customised tour which is operational all year around, I would recommend the Tall Tale Tours. They have customised tours from 1 to 6 people to famous places around Halifax and you can contact Mr Robert Young at tel: (902)8309179 or email email@example.com Robert is very friendly and I enjoyed the trip very much. More tips and photographs of Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg are at my VT Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg pages respectively.
According to legend, Peggys' Cove was named after the only survivor of a schooner that ran aground and sank in 1800... a woman named Margret. Local folk called her "Peggy" and her home came to be known as Peggy's Cove.
The original lighthouse was built in 1868. Exactly 100 years later in 1968 the Campbell family opened a five-table tea room and the Sou"Wester was born. Over the past 34 years it has grown into a 180 seat restaurant and two-level gift shop with one of the largest selections of giftware in the Maritimes.
Well Peggy's Cove is a must see if you come to Halifax.
This quiet lighthouse is perched on an outcropping of rock. Experience the spray of salt water that hammers the rocky coastline.
Just don't be there when the hoards of tourists get there. Rent a car, beat the bus tours and experience the lighthouse not the crowd.
Peggy's cove provides beautiful scenery and ugly people. I am a sucker for a location with nice scenery so i believe it's worth the one hour drive to catch the cove and a couple laughs by checking out the locals.
If I could make one suggestion to the town of Peggy's cove it would be to set up a denture stand somewhere along the cove. If there's one characteristic that a Peggy's Covean lacks, it would be teeth.
Take a day trip to the south for a picnic at Peggy's Cove, and to see Mahone Bay, Lunenberg and the coast to the south. See the Travel log South Shore.
Although it is very crowded with tourists it is truly beautiful there and there are lots of beautiful beaches and towns.
A nice day trip from Halifax and not to be missed. Its a classic fishing village where you can walk on the massive granite boulders that line the shore and even mail a postcard from the famous lighthouse that dominates the view.
Peggy's Cove is a very popular tourist destination. We went here one day and it was huge. It was so amazing. All rock right along the Ocean, and huge drops into the water from the rock. Just make sure that you remember your shoes. When we went we had just come back from a performance so I only had my dress shoes. I had to run to Wal-Mart and buy a $2.00 pair of sandals. Just make sure you wear shoes because it's a lot more fun to explore when you have shoes on.
This could be a must see or a tourist trap depending on your point of view. Certainly thousands of tourists visit this small working fishing village every year, by the busload. They mainly come for the scenery, rough and rocky, huge granite rocks by the sea with a picturesque lighthouse. There's a restaurant right there as well with several gift shops and parking lots along the short road into the village. People actually live and work here and the secenery is lovely though the restaurant is a bit pricey. The gift shops do offer nice local crafts but there are a lot of little shops equally nice along the Prospect road drive. Take care driving there though, the road is winding and a bit narrow.
The quintessential Maritime community. A fishing village perched at the lip of the North Atlantic in southwest Nova Scotia. This village is close to the site where the Swiss Air flight went down and the villagers opened their hearts and their homes to the grieving relatives who showed up in later days. Has the most photographed post office in Canada, it's in the lighthouse. That's my friend Elizabeth in the pic. If you go to Halifax, turn on the TV, you'll see her anchoring the news.
About 45 minutes from Halifax is the beautiful Peggy’s Cove, the model village of Nova Scotia. This little place has for ages attracted loads of tourists and artists but only a few hundred people live there permanently. It is idyllic with little colourful fishing boats, weather beaten boathouses and the reflections on the sea. The brightly painted houses and fisher’s huts are built on granite hills, which are the remains of the last ice time.
Sunny days or days with mist hide the danger of the Atlantic storms, which race across the rocky coast of Nova Scotia. Many ships have sunk on this coast. Very early on lighthouses were built along the coast and in Peggy’s Cove is Canada’s best known and most photographed lighthouse. It is picturesque, and brilliant white and stands in the middle of granite blocks polished in the last ice time. It is no longer in use as a lighthouse but in the summer there is the only post office in a lighthouse in Canada.
Peggy's Cove is also a must see attraction.
The unique think about Peggy's Cove is that the whole area is on top of weather beaten, water polished rock formations that are not found anywhere else in the area.
This memorial was erected to honour the crew and passengers who lost their lives during Swissair Flight 111on September 2, 1998.