Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Where Waves and Rock Collide, Washed by Endless Tides

Peggy in the Wave

Photo: Peggy in the Wave
Photo: Peggy in the Wave | Source

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 Painting

Photo: Peggy Painting
Photo: Peggy Painting | Source

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

Peggy's Cove in Summer as seen from the Memorial site.
Peggy's Cove in Summer as seen from the Memorial site. | Source

Seen From Afar

Peggy's Cove on a Serene Winter's Day
Peggy's Cove on a Serene Winter's Day | Source

Winter Beauty at Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove in Winter
Peggy's Cove in Winter | Source

Peggy's Cove--Village in Winter


Winter in Peggy's Cove


Peggy's Cove Map--St. Margaret's Bay

Map of Peggy's Cove Area in Nova Scotia
Map of Peggy's Cove Area in Nova Scotia | Source

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

Village of Peggy's Cove
Village of Peggy's Cove | Source

Waves Crash Against Peggy's Cove During Hurricane Bill in 2009

Waves Lash Peggy's Cove During Hurricane Bill.
Waves Lash Peggy's Cove During Hurricane Bill. | Source

Hurricane Bill Hits Peggy's Cove Full Force

Curious Spectators imperiled by Force of Hurricane Bill
Curious Spectators imperiled by Force of Hurricane Bill | Source

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.

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Carol Leaderbrand 3 years ago

Ivan...Your work and service is well done and much appreciated. I love revisiting "Peggy's Cove" via the photos and stories; bringing to my mind the memories of my visit June 2012. Oh, how "Peggy's Cove" and it's beauty reminds one of peace of a simpler time. God Bless You and this gift you are sharing!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a beautiful hub,thank you so much for sharing.

Take care and enjoy your day.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, this is beautiful, I would love to visit, Canada fascinates me, and Nova Scotia is the one place I have always wanted to visit, maybe one of these days! thanks for the tour, nell

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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Sounds good, Ivan, I would like to get some of your wonderful framed photographs and see the museum. You are fortunate to live in such a unique corner of Canada.

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Ivan Fraser 4 years ago from Glen Margaret, Nova Scotia

It'll be exciting to meet you and share. Can't wait. Let me know when you plan to come so I'll be here.

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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Ivan,

I think it is wonderful that you've helped to bring alive "Peggy." Interesting that those ladies from North Dakota verified the shipwreck and provided a picture of Peggy, as well.

I can't wait to come down and see your museum and the Peggy products! Your photographs of Peggy's Cove are incredible!

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Ivan Fraser 4 years ago from Glen Margaret, Nova Scotia

Greetings: Is it Athlyn or Alicia? Enjoyed your article about Peggy's Cove. Great job. Peggy's became very dear to me during my first visit when I was three or four years old. Our Uncle Sammy drove his and my family; most of us in the open back of his truck. We had a wonderful afternoon playing on the sand and wading. The location was at the far end of Visitor Information Center parking lot known as the swath. Few people go there. Thanks for placing a link to my book, Peggy of the Cove, Secrets. Much appreciated.

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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Stephen,

Thank you! Yes, Peggy's Cove is beautiful in all its many moods.

Stephen J. Ardent 4 years ago

Oh, I just love the winter pictures. So beautiful.

One more place on my list of lists to visit sometime.

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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Ivan, Nice to see you here.

Thanks for stopping by Alicia.

Ivan S. Fraser 4 years ago

Great site.

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love the photographs! It's very interesting to see Peggy's Cove in summer and in winter. I hope that I'll be able to visit the area some time.

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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Thank you. I had the good fortune to go down to Peggy's Cove a couple of times and got the photos. A friend of mine lives 5 minutes away and does a beautiful job of his photos and sends them to me. I will pass this on to him.

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melissanyk 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Love the photos.

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natures47friend 4 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

What can I say! You make me want to go there (and Canada) one day. I love different rock formations and the The pictures etc are brilliant and I have only just begun with hubpages. Voted up and awesome.

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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Thank you. Yes, the legend is interesting the the books about Peggy of the Cove are gaining fans.

Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

Beautiful photos and interesting history and what a great legend!

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