On September 2 1998 Swissair 111 left the JFK airport in New York, heading to Geneva. There were 129 passengers on board that day. There was a fire on board and the pilots requested an emergency landing. The pilot wanted to go back to Boston, but the air traffic controllers told them that Halifax was closer. They started dumping fuel in preparation for the emergency landing. They never made it, approximately 10 minutes away from the Halifax airport - Swissair 111 plunged into St Margret's Bay - waters 150 feet deep.
Dozens of fishing boats and coast guard ships hurried to the crash site, about six miles off the coast of Peggy's Cove. The picturesque fishing village - population 60 - is popular with tourists for its pirate lore and much-photographed lighthouse, but the area also is known for shipwrecks and other maritime tragedies.
After the first few hours of the nightlong search, the mood among boat crews turned grim when reports of survivors proved false. Instead, boat after boat radioed to a naval command vessel that more body bags were needed to cradle human remains scattered among aircraft debris over several square miles of the Atlantic.
Body parts, a child's dark blue sweater, a page from a math textbook and a leather purse drifted in the inky blue water.
The search was finally called off after 33 hours. No survivors.
The Swissair Memorial is located at The Whalesback penninsula about 1 kilometer from Peggy's Cove. It is one of two memorials built in honor of the victims of Swissair 111. The other memorial is in Bayswater, Lunenburg. The two memorials and the crash site form a triangle. The three notches in the in the Whalesback memorial represent the flight number - 111. The Bayswater memorial contains the 229 names of the victims. The facing stone points towards the crash site.
It's why you came here, to see the Lighthouse. Take a walk out along the rocks to get to the Lighthouse. Watch out for the slippery spots! The water sprays up and one must be careful not to fall.
Their is a small fishing village you can walk though. It's so peaceful and serene.
As you drive up towards the Lighthouse and the Village -, you will see the VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE on your left. There is plenty of parking spaces available there, so that's what we did. then its a short walk (uphill) to the Village and the Lighthouse.
After our time exploring and taking pictures, I went in to the Centre, which is a "Nova Scotia" Visitor Centre also. There were plenty of brochures about Peggy's Cove and the other regions of Nova Scotia, all organized in sections. If you haven't already, pick up your copy of "Doers & Dreamers" a comprehensive book on Nova Scotia, with accommodations, restaurants and things to do in the different regions of the province which are all color-coded.
Located near Peggy's Cove in Indian Harbour, you can enjoy the experience of freshly cooked lobster at RYER LOBSTERS .
Hans and I were headed to Peggy's Cove when I spotted two people sitting on a picnic table (pic #4) enjoying a feast of Lobster. We just had to stop there. I went inside and asked if we could take pictures of some live lobsters that were in the saltwater tanks behind the counter. Well, the lady did one better that that - she actually took out several of them, all in different sized and laid them out on the counter for me to take pictures and for Hans to take videos. They ranged from one pound all the way to the grand-daddy (pic#2) of them all - a 25 pounder. There was even an Albino lobster (pic #1).
You can buy them uncooked or cooked (for $1.00 more a pound).
Located at 8494 Peggy's Cove Road.
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Just a little South of Peggy's cove is the memorial sight of Swissair Flight 111.
On September 2, 1998 the MD11 registered HB-IWF, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax International Airport at the entrance to St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia. The crash site was 8 km from shore, roughly equidistant between Peggys Cove and Bayswater. 229 people on board were killed.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada held a CAD 57 million investigation and concluded that some flammable material spread a small fire beyond the control of the crew.
If you are reading VT, then you're probably like me... you enjoy travel and you're seldom caught without your camera.
As we left for Atlantic Canada, I certainly had certain photo images in my mind, shots that I hoped I could find and record. Peggy's Cove is the sort of place you might find your maritimes image, the one you really want to show off. You may have to work around tourists here and there, but patience is rewarded with spectacular imagery.
Look at my simple shot of an anchored boat just beyond a small private pier, taken off the south coast at Peggy's Cove.
Most people make the drive out to Peggy's Cove to see the famous lighthouse. And as you've read in my tip, it's the reason WE went, too.
But, don't forget.... Peggy's Cove is a charming little village, too. It's a nice place to walk around for half an hour or so. There are shops, little restaurants and even some local craft vendors. And of course, get out your camera. I read where Peggy's Cove - the village - is also one of Canada's most-photographed. The whole of Peggy's Cove has "charming maritimes scene" written all over it.
The lighthouse at Peggy's Cove is the most-photographed in Canada. This beautiful white and red maritime sentinel has guided sailors and guarded the coastline for years and years. Additionally, it hosts a small Canada Post office on its first floor.
Sure, there are many more secluded lighthouses and villages to check out in Nova Scotia. The hidden gem at Cape D'or comes to mind. But if you are anywhere nearby, you really do need to check out this iconic octagon.
In 1998, a Swiss Air plane crashed into the sea close to Peggy's Cove. All passengers were killed in the accident. To commemorate this sad event and the 229 victims, a memorial was built close to the village.
Scattered over the hills of the village, Peggy's Cove's colourful houses make up some very nice motives for photographs. A particularly nice one is the "Old Red Schoolhouse" on top of one of the hills.
Peggy's Cove's harbour is as picturesque as the lighthouse but not many people actually stop there as the buses take the masses directly to the lighthouse. It's not really something special, just a very photogenic little harbour with dark blue water, some lobster cages nearby and colourful buildings.
Okay, this is why everybody goes there: Visit the lighthouse, take a million pictures, buy a souvenir and send a postcard with a special lighthouse stamp to your buddies at home.
In case you want to see/do a little more: Climb down the rocks, look for a quiet place and sit down to watch the sea and listen to the waves. Try to find the photographic angle where there are no tourists next to the lighthouse. Cold-shoulder the lighthouse and check out the remaining parts of this wonderful little village.
I used to love hiking at Peggy's Cove. The landscape is very rocky and there are huge boulders all around that have been deposited by glaciers.
I once got adventurous after a big snowfall and decided to make my own path back to my car. ... I ended up walking through snow that was up to my hips and had to dig out one of my boots after it got stuck in the snow. It was quite an adventure! I even got to see a cute fox.
Nova Scotia has a lighthouse preservation society .Peggy's Cove is one of the most popular lighthouse and most photographed in Nova Scotia. Visitor's are able to mail their post cards at the Post Office inside the lower level of the lighthouse. Peggy's Cove and the lighthouse may be reached on Highway 333 from Halifax, or Highway 103 from Halifax to Exit 5 and then Highway 333.
Peggy's Cove is a little fishing village south of Halifax. It's obviously a very popular destination because there were tour buses and tourists everywhere. But don't be discouraged by them. Every now and then, there's a break in the traffic and you experience Peggy's Cove in its true light. Make sure you bring your camera. Check out the little shops selling souvenirs or fudge. And go to the lighthouse postoffice and mail a postcard to yourself. It's the last place in Canada that still hand stamps mail.