As Hans and I were driving along Route #333 towards Peggy's Cove, I saw this lovely spot along the road, with a pond. I asked Hans to pull over so I could take some pictures. Alonely seagull was perched on a rock. Nearby was a sign warning that this is a DUCKS CROSSING area. I've seen deer crossing, moose crossing, cows crossing, horse area, Amish Buggies area. I thought that this sign was so funny and had never seen one like it before.
Gave me my chuckle for the day!
I'm not channeling Paul Simon songs here, I'm warning you about walking around on the lighthouse rocks at Peggy's Cove.
One of the beautiful things about Peggy's Cove and visiting the lighthouse is that it is FREE. You just walk up and around, enjoying yourself, snapping your photos. And, you can also explore the rocks in and around the lighthouse.
DO realize that the rocks can be a bit steep and are often slippery. I am told that more than one tourist has slipped right on down into the sea. If you survive the fall, you'll probably drown in the stiff currents before anyone can get to you.
So, watch your step, or you'll be slip slidin' away.... right on into the cold Atlantic Ocean.
Peggy's Cove is a tiny little hamlet. There is a road TO Peggy's Cove that turns off NS route 333 and that's how you get in and out. The turn off road ENDS at the lighthouse parking area and gift shop. Now, factor in that this tiny town receives some 750,000 visitors per year. Do the math, and consider that for much of the year, the weather doesn't support tourism. THAT means that when you're there in the late spring, summer or early fall, you will NOT be alone.
You'll have to work your way around lots of people, whether you're getting a bite to eat, doing a little shopping or trying to photograph the lighthouse.
I will tell you this - I am NO crowd person, and the large number of people prowling Peggy's Cove didn't seem to really annoy me. Maybe it was just the gentle beauty of the area, it IS perfect maritimes scenery. In spite of several busloads of tourist be ferried in and out of the town while we were there, we still had a nice time. And I actually got a few shots of the lighthouse sans people.... or almost sans people.
With a population of 40, Peggy's Cove does not really count to the bigger towns of Nova Scotia. Being popular with tourists, it offers some conveniences of everyday life while others are missing completely. I thought of having lunch in Peggy's Cove, but the only restaurant I found was the far-too-expensive one opposite the lighthouse. Another one was visible from a distance, but I didn't go there. The same is true for grocery stores - you just don't find them there as the village is too small. So take your food with you or eat an overpriced meal in the restaurant mentioned above.
If you go hiking with your dog at Peggy's Cove (away from the "touristy" area), then watch out for porcupines. While you don't really have to worry about these animals yourself (since they aren't very fast moving), a dog who frightens and antaganizes one will likely have to take a very expensive trip to the vet.
Our dog had to get three quills removed after a hike here. We felt pretty lucky though after meeting a man who also had his dog there for the same reason. ... But his dog had hundreds of quills stuck in his body! The poor dog had to be drugged to sleep in order for surgery to be performed.
Many visitors enjoy gazing at the panoramic view of breaking waves at Peggys Cove. But large waves often break further on shore than expected. Despite numerous signs warning of unpredictable surf (including one on a bronze plaque on the lighthouse itself), several incautious visitors each year are swept off the rocks by waves. Visitors should exercise caution when walking over the boulders and avoid steep slopes.
During the peak summer season, Peggy's Cove is overwhelmed by huge tourist crowds and you will not be able to enjoy the idyllic experience here. To avoid the crowds, try to visit during the off peak season such as late autumn. I was there in Nov 2005 and there was no crowd (really feels great), but be prepared for colder weather.
The rocks at Peggy's Cove are very slippery, so be very careful while walking on them. Never walk too close to the edge or else you may fall into the ocean (this has happened before). Also, this place is very windy (and cold during late autumn and winter), so be prepared.
Every year, people are killed or injured on the Peggy's Cove rocks, especially during storms when large waves can appear out of nowhere and catch people standing too close to the edge. One look at the way the waves slam into the rocks leaves little doubt that if you get sucked into the ocean, you'll be lucky if all you do is drown. Probably, though, you'll get dashed against the rocks and then if there's anything left you'll drown. Don't walk on any wet rocks!
For God sakes people, when you go to Peggy's cove, do not get too close to the water! Do not go on a part of a rock that has been wet!
There have been tourists who have been swept into the ocean by a big wave or by slipping. Not all of them were saved in time! Be careful!
The sea is very unpredictable here. You are out in the open and when the waves grab you, help will take a long time!