Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Where Waves and Rock Collide, Washed by Endless Tides
Peggy in the Wave
The Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Atlantic Canada
Peggy's cove offers a perfect blending of elements: sparkling blue ocean waters, bleached and weathered rocks worn smooth by wave action, and a lighthouse that looks out over Atlantic waters. Waves crash and spray over the the rocks and no matter the weather, Peggy's Cove, in its many moods, is a spot that offers an unbeatable canvas, one that painters and photographers strive to capture.
Peggy's Cove is the most famous working, fishing village in the world and one that offers plenty of exploring and photo opportunities. Storyboards throughout the area detail interesting area tidbits and facts, local shops offer Maritime souvenirs, and cafes offer an assortment of delicious treats.
It's a feast for the senses any time of the year and visitors to the area won't be disappointed.
Peggy of the Cove Museum
A visit to Peggy's Cove would not be complete without visiting Ivan Fraser's Museum. There, fans of the Peggy books can visit with the author and learn more about the area and the legend that spawned the Peggy phenomenon.
How Did the Cove Get its Name?
Couple a picturesque area with a quaint name and you create the perfect "attraction factor." How did this rocky outcropping get its moniker: Peggy's Cove?
Originally called Eastern Point Harbor, (a lackluster name, at best) the cove may have taken its name after St. Margaret's Bay because Peggy is another name for Margaret; or, it is possible the name could have arisen in honor of the wife of an early settler to the area ...
Legend of a Shipwrecked Girl Who Became Known as Peggy of the Cove
Legend is far more interesting and weaves a tale of the sole survivor of a shipwreck in the 1800s, who was given the name of Peggy. Villagers would say, "Let's go visit Peggy of the cove," and thus the name, Peggy's Cove emerged. Peggy, it was said, later married a villager and was known as "Peggy of the cove."
The legend has spawned emergence of the Peggy of the Cove books by local author, Ivan Fraser, which have gained a worldwide following. The series includes a beautifully illustrated children's book, a coloring book, and two novels suitable for older kids, teens, and adults.
From her rescue from the rocks to daily life in the village, from the appearance of a strange ship and Peggy's trip to Scotland to a castle to discover where she came from, from the dream catcher and riddles she has to solve, these books are "page turners" and will appeal to all lovers of adventure. It comes as no surprise that fans have clamored for more and more books are in the works.
Peggy's historical roots have been strengthened by outside sources who remember the survivor and it is believed by some that this is what led to the naming of Peggy's Cove, a hot spot for artists, painters, and tourists who flock to the area to experience the waves and the huge smooth rocks in the area.
Whatever the origin of the name, one can't help but think that the name has helped to stimulate interest in this area of Eastern Canada.
Peggy of the Cove: Secrets--The sole survivor of a shipwreck, a young waif is taken in by her rescuers. Peggy finds a new life in a quaint seafaring village but has no memories of her past and she seeks out to claim her lost identity, which takes her on an adventure to Scotland.
Peggy is Becoming, to Nova Scotia, What Anne Was/is to P.E.I.
Peggy, the sole survivor of a shipwreck on Halibut Rock, is fast becoming Nova Scotia's heroine and it has been said that she will be to Nova Scotia what Anne was to the Island.
Both of these characters have and are placing an indelible mark on Eastern Canada, two orphan's who overcame obstacles and who have fired imaginations around the world.
- Peggy's Cove Treasures
Interesting sights many visitors bypass at Peggy's Cove.
Village of Peggy's Cove
An Active Fishing Village and Tourist Destination
Peggy's cove is 43 kilometers from Halifax and is still an active fishing village, one of many along the rocky coastline bordering the Atlantic ocean.
It is likely very similar to how it was in Peggy's time. Strict land use regulations are in effect to preserve the area, with most property development prohibited, and to prevent inflation of property values.
Picturesque Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
The famous lighthouse marks the eastern entrance to St. Margaret's Bay. The lighthouse stands sentinel on an impressive granite outcropping, known as Peggy's Point and is one of the most recognizable lighthouses in Atlantic Canada and indeed the world.
Peggy's Point Lighthouse is one of the most-photographed structures in Atlantic Canada and has earned distinction as being one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world.
Tourists who venture out on the rocks around the lighthouse stand a chance of being sprayed by the turbulent waters. But the smooth rocks and giant waves present additional hazards. Each year, unlucky individuals are actually washed off by rogue waves; sadder still, the sea has claimed its share of hapless victims over the years.
Tourists Scale the Rocks
The rocks bear testimony to the power of the waves and have been worn smooth against the forces of relentless tides and mighty storms that lash the coastline.
Where Waves and Rocks Collide
Power of the Atlantic
While warning signs appear in prominent locations, visitors ignore these and risk being swept from the rocks by rogue waves. Unless one has lived off the Atlantic, it is hard to comprehend the magnitude of the waves.
The waves are unpredictable and a spot on the rocks that was dry can be drenched in a moment.
Peggy's Cove--Water on Either Side
Seen From Afar
Winter Beauty at Peggy's Cove
Peggy's Cove--Village in Winter
Winter in Peggy's Cove
Peggy's Cove Map--St. Margaret's Bay
Severe Weather at Peggy's Cove
Weather conditions have impacted on Peggy's cove. Hurricanes ravage the area frequently.
Hurricane Juan in 2003, caused extensive flooding, which damaged the breakwater, several homes and roads in the area.
Hurricane Bill caused further damage to the breakwater, damaged a gift shop and a home, and actually washed away one of the fishing sheds. See the photos below of Hurricane Bill lashing Peggy's Cove.
Village During Hurricane
Waves Crash Against Peggy's Cove During Hurricane Bill in 2009
Hurricane Bill Hits Peggy's Cove Full Force
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Where is Peggy's Cove?
Peggy's Cove is situated on the eastern shore of St. Margaret's Bay. The site is a short distance from Halifax and is an actual fishing community with a small number of full-time residents.
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Peggy"s Cove--Premier Tourist Destination
Peggy's Cove is a Nova Scotia hot-spot, which sees a considerable number of visitors each year. This unique corner of Canada is well worth a visit for those traveling in Atlantic Canada.
© 2011 Athlyn Green
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