It was a blustery day as we drove up the coast from Halifax following the winding road towards Peggy’s Cove. This small fishing village holds the claim of one of the most photographed places in all of Canada. So with that recommendation coupled with a long love of lighthouses we decided that we had to go and see this claimed beauty for ourselves.
Our first view of the small town was of the local church sitting up on the hill overlooking the rest of the town. Houses lined the water edge, with boats waiting patiently out in the water. Already we were captivated by the peaceful serene beauty of this town and the incredible views that surrounded it.
Sitting on the far end of the Chebucto Peninsula on St. Margaret’s Bay, is Peggy’s Cove. The town was founded in 1811 when Nova Scotia issued a land grant of 800 acres. The original residents of the town were six families that had immigrated from Germany. The families fished the seas and planted the land. Around 1900 the town peaked to a size of about 300, a number which it has never reached again. Even with its introduction as a tourist site after World War II, the village still strictly maintains the charm and personality of the small fishing village it has always been. Many of the residents can be found out in the water as they work to pull up the lobster traps.
The main draw of the cove is the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse standing on rocky shores of the Atlantic. This lighthouse was built in 1914, replacing the small wooden lighthouse that had sat on the site since 1846. At one time, there was a small post office situated in the main entry of the lighthouse that would serve the community. The lighthouse is still active and is used by the Canadian Coast Guard.
Visitors from all over the world come to walk and climb on the rocks surrounding the lighthouse as it looks out to sea despite the warnings. The dynamic rocks set against the stormy sea was so beautiful and it was easy to see why this is such a favorite place to visit.
And Tessa, who was just learning how to walk at the time, thought that walking on those rocks was the greatest adventure of her young life. We spent hours walking back and forth along the shore as she tried to get her little legs to cooperate enough to let go of the hands holding her up.
Some of the houses of the town sat right out on the edge of the rocks overlooking the water. It was incredibly picturesque and I couldn’t get over how beautiful this town was, sitting there on the rocky coast with the lighthouse in the middle.
We ended our visit with a lobster dinner in the local café. I felt a pang of sadness at the thought of leaving this beautiful town and thought I could stay forever walking the many paths along the rocks and taking in the peaceful beat of the ebb and flow of the tide.
18 thoughts on “Moments & Misadventures :: My Peggy, What A Lovely Cove You Have!”
Meg..do you live in Halifax. Peggy’s Cove is such an historic site. Beautiful images .
Thank you! No I don’t live there. But we visited up in that area a few years ago and it was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen.
I enjoyed your post and photos! Peggy’s Cove looks so quaint. Do you follow Monkey’s Tale? They have recently posted several blogs about the Maritimes; here’s the link: https://monkeystale.ca/
Thank you! 🙂 It is such a lovely area that slows you down to enjoy the moment. I will definitely have to check out their blog- thank you for directing me to it! I hope you have a great rest of your week.
I hope you have a great week as well!
It’s a beautiful memory, Meg, especially with Tessa being so tiny and still learning to walk on her own. The town is magical, love the mist and moody vibe and the houses right at the edge of the water.
Thanks Leighton, I really loved the houses too. What a life to walk out of your front door and right onto the rocky shores of the ocean like that. I wish the pictures could have captured her little voice full of joy at standing on the rocks mixed with the anger at not being able to do it herself because it was so perfect 🙂
It looks and sounds lovely, Meg – beautifully photographed too. I’d like to explore around there – inevitably much that sounds familiar, but much that is so different too!
Thank you, that is so kind of you. The whole area is really lovely and helps to slow down the pace and enjoy the moment. I hope you get to visit it sometime 🙂
Nova Scotia is a place we’ve always wanted to go. I’m drawn to places at the edge of anywhere and Peggy’s Cove looks perfect.
I think you would really enjoy Peggy’s Cove then because it is on the edge for sure. I can’t imagine walking out my front door and facing the rocky shores of the ocean. It is a lovely town to visit 🙂
It would be so chilly in winter and rough
true, we went in May and it was chilly then but July or August would probably be perfect
We love Peggy’s Cove, the town as much as the lighthouse. It’s easy to see why it’s become so popular to visitors. Maggie
Hi Maggie 🙂 I love that even though its so popular it hasnt changed the town. I would love to go back to that whole area because it was so lovely!
Yes and even though there are so many B&Bs there now, there are still a lot of fishermen and it’s retained its quaint atmosphere.
Wow those are stunning architecture and you always take the most lovely photos. You are such a talented photographer!
Aww, thank you so much! Peggys Cove is a really beautiful place so it makes it easy to take pictures of it 🙂