The Fisherman’s Monument is made by sculptor William Edward deGarthe in a 100 foot granite face of rock below his home. William was born in Finland in 1926 and move to Halifax in 1955. Thereafter he moved to Peggy's cove and specialized in maritime pieces of art.
The monument depicts 32 fishermen and their wives and children enveloped in the wings of a guardian angel.
Though Peggy's Cove is primarily a tourist attraction, its inhabitants (2009 population app. 46), still fish for lobster. THE COMMUNITY maintains a rustic undeveloped appearance. That's because the regional municipality and the province, have strict land use regulations, with most property development being prohibited - like you won't see a McDonald's being built here any time soon.
There are also restrictions on who can live in the community, to prevent inflation of property values for the year-round residents.
Notice in the accompanying photos, that there are "some" newer type houses mixed with the older structures. Their architectural style blends in with the old, still keeping with the rustic appearance.
Peggy's Cove Famous Lighthouse is officially known as Peggy Point Lighthouse. Peggy's Cove has a classic red and white lighthouse and is situated on a granite outcrop jutting into St. Margarets Bay. This lighthouse is one of the most photographed in Atlantic Canada.
The firs lighthouse was built in 1868 and was a wooden house with a beacon on the roof. At sundown the keeper lit a kerosene oil lamp magnified by a catoptric reflector (a silver-plated mirror) creating the red beacon light marking the eastern entrance to St. Margarets Bay. That lighthouse was replaced by the current structure, an octagonal lighthouse which was built in 1914. It is made of reinforced concrete but retains the eight-sided shape of earlier generations of wooden light towers. It stands almost 15 metres (50 ft) high. The old wooden lighthouse became the keeper’s dwelling and remained near to the current lighthouse until it was damaged by Hurricane Edna in 1954 and was removed.
Located at the Whalesback, a promontory approximately one kilometer north west of Peggy's Cove, the SWISSAIR FLIGHT 111 MEMORIAL SITE is a memorial built to commemorate the victims of the Swissair Flight 111 disaster, when the aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near St. Margarets Bay, on September 2, 1998.
The Monument Reads: "In memory of the 229 men, women and children aboard Swissair Flight 111 who perished off these shores September 2nd, 1998.They have been joined to the sea and the sky. May they rest in Peace."
It was such a peaceful place and those that came to visit were very respectful. Most spoke in soft voices and all you could hear was the wind and the waves.
Peggy's Cove is a marvel at any time. As a local I visit quite often but not necessarily at the times of high volume. Peggy's cove is delighful and magical in the winter months. It's also lovely for evening sunsets on a clear day. Most visitors tend to visit in the mornings and afternoon, if it's not necessary to visit at that time do yourself a favour and wait til early to mid evening when you basically have the entire area to yourself.
Also do take the side trip to Prospect and West Dover. It's a spectacular area and not to be missed.
Favorite thing: Back sometime between 1953 and 1955 my parents came to Peggy's Cove and fell in love with the seascapes by William deGarthe. They bought, from Madame deGarthe, the only one that they could afford then - for $25.00. Having grown up with this painting all my life, and having heard the story, it was only natural for me to feel the need to check out the gallery. It costs $2 to go through it, but is money worth spending. Without going in, you can check out the incredible stone carving of the history of Peggy's Cove that deGarthe started but didn't complete.
Peggy's Cove is one of the most photographed spots in Canada . Canadians are obliged to visit the place and take pictures.
Peggy's Cove is a very popular destination and it can get crowded ( tour buses, bikers , etc.) . It is probably best to go early morning or late afternoon.
It can get fog bpund as it did in late June 2002 . We also had camera problems hence no photo . I guess we have to make a return visit .
It is located 50 km south of Halifax on Highway 333. Budget an hour or more to drive there from Halifax .
Fondest memory: Even in a dense fog it looked great .