Peggy's Cove, Halifax
Lighthouse on a granite out crop..China /Japan ..Over priced souvenirs...Lousy restaurant..on a cruise ship day ..LAST place on the planet you want to be...Looks like a fishing village..the only thing they fish is....TOURISTS
Unique Suggestions: "DONT GO"
Fun Alternatives: Spend you time in Halifax exploring a very beautiful and historic city...Titanic April 12 1912..Halifax Explosion Dec 6 1917 ..The noon gun at the Citadel..Pier 21. Public Gardens..Dalhouise University..Sir Sanford Fleming Park ..York Redoubt..Point Pleasant Park..Hydrostone District and SO much more...A REAL fishing village ..250 years old..Fishermans Cove in Eastern Passage is only 20 minutes from Downtown Halifax...all this and more can be done in 3 hours..The tour on the BUSES to Peggys Cove is 3 hours
Peggy's Cove is a small fishing village about 30 miles outside of Halifax and is a tourist mecca. The scenery is quaint, a small village built on huge granite rocks with a lighthouse at the end. There are gift shops and a restaurant. The buses bring loads of tourists every day during high season so it can get quite crowded. There are even a line of "johnny on the spot" portable toilets along the parking lot at the restaurant which overlooks the lighthouse. the lighthouse has a small post office in it as well that may or may not be open. The gift shops do have some nice crafts and things but also a lot of tat. There is also a small gallery featuring the works of William DeGarthe, a painter and sculptor who had a summer home here. It's still a working fishing village for the residents as well.
Unique Suggestions: Just remember, the rocks can be slippery and you can be caught out by a rogue wave if you are too close to the water. People get caught all the time and lost in the sea. There is also a small gallery featuring the works of William DeGarthe, a painter and sculptor who had a summer home here that's worth a visit. The food at the restaurant is ok, the ice cream from the takeaway stand is delicious.
Fun Alternatives: There are lots of pretty villages along highway 333 that leads to and from the Cove along St. Margaret's Bay or go a little further south and visit Chester.
Our Peggy's Cove Express tour made for a memorable day, but not for the right reasons! Given the choice to go and return by boat or by bus, we chose the more scenic option: the boat ride. However, when you go by boat, you see quite a few lighthouses before the one at Peggy's Cove, which makes you wonder why you paid to see this one in particular. In all fairness, the boat ride was very pleasant, but we did not expect it to be the highlight of our tour.
Aside from the lighthouse (which is the only one that also serves as a post office in the world, for what it's worth), there is not much to see or do. The rocky beaches or tiny village may be worth a photo or two, but similar snapshots can be taken almost anywhere along the coast in Nova Scotia.
To top it off, the weather got so bad by the time we arrived at Peggy's Cove, our crew had to turn back right away (a storm alert had been issued), forcing us to come back by bus. Fortunately driver Don saved the day with his many anecdotes on the return trip.
Unique Suggestions: Go on your own, so you can get out of there just as quickly as you came.
Fun Alternatives: If you have time to visit only one historic site around Halifax, make sure to go to Lunenberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, instead of Peggy's Cove.