Picturesque Fishing Village and Lighthouse
Peggy's Cove is a popular tourist attraction just 35 miles from Halifax in Nova Scotia. The lighthouse there is said to be the most photographed in Canada.
In October of 2010 we took a cruise to the eastern coast of Canada with stops in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec City. Our first stop was Halifax, and since lighthouse photography is my hobby a trip to Peggy's Cove was a must. It was a crisp fall day and the drive itself was
beautiful. The colors were in full array and I enjoyed the drive to Peggy's Cove. As we got closer to Peggy's Cove, the landscape changed abruptly and instead of beautiful trees there was granite boulders everywhere I looked.
The day was perfect for photographs. A bright blue sky with puffy white clouds made a great backdrop for my photographs of the lighthouse and the fishing village.
photographs by Mary Beth Granger
Photographs of the Light
Our tour guide gave us a bit of history of the area as we drove to the village. It seems there are several stories about how the area got it's name. Some attribute it to Margaret's Bay nearby but several versions of a popular legend claim it is named after a girl who was the sole survivor of a nearby shipwreck.
As the legend goes, there was a ship wrecked nearby and the people of the area all rushed out in their boats to help. Unfortunately there was only one survivor, a young girl. This girl could not remember her name so the family that took care of her called her Peggy. Peggy ended up staying in the area and marrying a local resident. People would call her Peggy of the Cove and eventually the area was just called Peggy's Cove.
The first lighthouse was built at Peggy's Cove in 1868, at that time it would have been a wooden structure. The current lighthouse was built in 1914. It is an octagonal lighthouse of reinforced concrete and stands nearly 50 feet hight. It is operated by the Canadian Coast Guard.
On the day we visited the lighthouse it was very windy. In fact as I climbed in closer to the lighthouse I found it hard to stand up in the wind. Not wanting to fall over into the sea, I decided to stand a ways back and use a longer lens on the camera. The clear blue skies with a few puffy clouds made it perfect for photos of the lighthouse and since lighthouse don't move much :) the windy conditions did not effect the photos.
Fishing Village Plate
The little fishing cove at Peggy's Cove is so picturesque, it is a scene you will find in many photographs. I really enjoyed photographing the cove. I think this plate would make a great remembrance from a visit to the area.
This plate really captures the feeling of the fishing village.
Granite Boulders - Beautiful landscape
This part of Nova Scotia is in an area that is mostly granite. You will find few plants or trees and very little soil, but there is no shortage of boulders. The boulders in the area were said to be left there by huge masses of ice glaciers thousands of years ago.
I found the boulders against the backdrop of the sea to take on a beauty of their own.
Charm of a Small Village
From the beginning the economy of the small community revolved around fishing. After World War ii tourism began to come to the village. The small community has a population today of under 50 people.
Although in recent years tourism has become the biggest industry in Peggy's Cove, the local fisherman still go out and fish for lobster. Photographing the little village has also become popular with tourists. it is very idyllic.
Fishing is top Industry
Fishing had always been the main industry in Peggy's Cove. People who live there needed to fish to survive. In recent years the tourist industry has become quite popular. Peggy's Cove is a popular spot on many tours where tourists stop to see the lighthouse, photograph the small fishing cove and spend money in the gift shops that line the main road.
Here you see some of the lobster traps, which are stilled used today both in the fishing industry and as props for photographers.
Stop by and Give Your Opinion
I love to visit lighthouses. They are such an interesting part of history. When I found out our cruise ship would be stopping near enough for a tour to Peggy's Cove I was really excited. I had heard about this much photographed lighthouse. Have you ever had a chance to visit a lighthouse?
Do you like to visit lighthouses?
Find Peggy's Cove on the Map
Peggy's cove is located about 35 miles from Halifax in Nova Scotia. Our ship stopped in Halifax and we took a bus tour over to Peggy's Cove. The drive took about 30 minutes.
Peggy's Cove is such a charming little village. I really enjoyed visiting the lighthouse, fishing village and stopping by the little shops. If you ever get to Nova Scotia it is a must see stop on your trip.