When we were researching our trip through Nova Scotia I kept seeing
pictures of the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove in the promotional literature and on websites.
It is probably the most famous icon of the province -- and I
had to see (and photograph!) it in person:
Not only is the lighthouse photogenic, some of my favorite fishing
village scenes in the Maritimes were also in this little cove that is an easy drive
south of Halifax. We included it in an out-and-back day trip past St.
Margaret's Bay, Mahone Bay, and the colorful town of Lunenburg, another
historical fishing port popular with visitors to the area.
ST. MARGARET'S BAY
destinations on our road trip today were
Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg. Both seaside towns are southwest of Halifax,
off NS 3 and 103.
Outbound we drove on Rt. 3, which is a narrow and more scenic road but
pretty rough in some places. On the return we made much better time on
Rt. 103, which is more like a freeway. This is the route we took from
our RV park near Hammonds Plains:
Peggy's Cove is on the western side of the peninsula where Halifax is
located. It's about 25 miles from our campground. We took NS 333
down and back at the beginning of our trip. (Note that the distance
numbers on the map are in kilometers, not miles.)
There are some great views of St. Margaret's Bay along NS 333,
especially on a beautiful sunny day like today:
We passed beautiful upscale waterfront houses like these . . .
. . . and this small building with its roof partially caved in,
but it didn't deter from the beauty of the large bay:
We chose a Wednesday for this excursion for a reason.
Both towns are very popular tourist stops (traps, even) and both were pretty busy this
sunny summer weekday. We wouldn't want to be near either town on the
weekend, a holiday, or during a festival.
ICONIC PEGGY'S COVE
Icon or not, the lighthouse and little fishing village at Peggy's Cove
make a worthy destination, not just a tourist trap. We were very
surprised there wasn't an entry fee!
Despite all the people who were there, we were able to park in the lot
near the lighthouse and the expansive, smooth granite rocks surrounding
it. We had as much fun climbing all over the rocks and watching the surf
coming in -- such awesome deep blue water! -- as we did
looking at the red and white lighthouse.
I took pictures of that thing from just about every conceivable angle
except from the water! It's mesmerizing.
This is not the original lighthouse built in 1868. That one was destroyed by a
hurricane in 1954 and the current lighthouse was constructed.
This lighthouse is unusual because it has housed the village's post
office every summer since 1975 (the weather is too rough in the winter
for residents and employees to traipse out there). Items mailed from here receive a
special commemorative cancellation stamp.
After we walked around the lighthouse and out on the rocks and listened
to the musicians (a man playing bagpipes on the main path to the
lighthouse, shown above, and a woman with an accordion at its base),
we went back to the truck to get the dogs. We decided to do that after
seeing other people with their dogs.
We took them to another area farther away from most of the people where
we could climb all over the rocks and not bother anyone. There were
pools of water where the dogs could get wet:
Above and below: Jim can Casey on the rocks
The views were gorgeous in every direction:
Before leaving town we walked downhill to the small cove and took photos
of the buildings, boats, fishing gear, etc.
We didn't realize until then that the tide was rather low. The cove
might look even more interesting when the water is high:
covers this mud when the tide is up.
This is my favorite scene from Peggy's Cove; it looks more like a
painting than a photograph:
Across from the visitor center on the edge of town is a very nice
sculptured stone memorial to the folks who have made their living
fishing here since the early 1800s:
This tiny town is a photographer's dream on a clear summer day. Go there -- on a
weekday, if possible -- if you ever visit Nova Scotia.
Continued on the next
page: more gorgeous scenery, boats, and buildings in Mahone
Bay and Lunenburg
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2014 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil