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.