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Peggy's Cove

Updated on November 2, 2014

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.

Royal Doulton Peggys Cove Aged in Wood by Peggy Brisby LE of 5000 CP77
Royal Doulton Peggys Cove Aged in Wood by Peggy Brisby LE of 5000 CP77

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?

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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.

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Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
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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.

Have you ever been to Nova Scotia? - Stop by and leave your comments

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      What a pretty place and a homey name. I want to see it.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Ruthi: It was really picturesque. A great place for a photographer!

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Unfortunately I have not visited Nova Scotia but would love to see the views you have shared of Peggy's Cove up close and personal. I love the boulder backdrop of the sea!

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Susan Zutautas: It is a beautiful area of the world. I do think the year round climate

      might keep me from wanting to live there.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you for your comments. I had really looked forward to photographing

      Peggy's Cove and I was not disappointed. It was definitely the highlight

      of my trip.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I really want to visit Peggy's Cove. Since lighthouses are one of my most favorite photographic subjects, this is a place I would enjoy tremendously. Beautiful photos. Thanks for enticing me to move this up on my travel bucket list.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never been down East and I'm so determined to get there one of these days. I think though I'd end up wanting to move there.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I was to New Brunswick but never quite made it to Nova Scotia. Was close though lol. It is beautiful country in that direction.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I don't visit Nova Scotia even thought it is in NE. So your lens make me add a new item on my list of " places to visit". It looks like a great place.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      I was there in November of 2007. Terrible weather, most attractions were closed, but no tourists! It was blowing *hard* on Peggy's Cove!

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Happy April Fool's Day! Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Yawapi LM 7 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful - I agree that the boulders have a beauty of their own, but that lighthouse is amazing!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      ~ Blessed by a Squidoo Angel of the Travel Canada neighbourhood ~

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      JoleneBelmain 7 years ago is funny but I seem to be visiting a lot of Canadian lensmasters today. I am Canadian too. You and I are at opposite ends of the country though.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Looks like a wonderful place

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      What a beautiful place and gorgeous photos! Really makes me want to travel and visit Peggy's Cove! Most Excellent!

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      Me thinks me needs to add Peggy's Cove to my list of wonderful places to visit! It looks beautiful!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes, I have been to Peggy's Cove. It was like a dream. Coming upon the sign for Peggy's Cove and then seeing the lighthouse in the distance. Scenery is breathtaking. I would go back in a heartbeat, spend more time, and take more pictures.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've never been to Nova Scotia, so I enjoyed the photos and information from your trip.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      No, and probably never will get there now but I love your lens and your lighthouse photography is great.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've never been to Canada at all. Peggy's Cove is certainly gorgeous!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      We have traveled across Canada and have visited picturesque Peggy's Cove. The scenery is very colorful. All of our photos are on slides so maybe one day hubby will scan them onto the computer. I'm glad you had a wonderful trip and enjoyed the scenery! Awesome lighthouse! :)

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Beautiful photos as usual. I have not been to this part of Canada yet. Thank you for the trip and tour.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh Me! Peggy's Cove looks so lovely and your photographs are amazing, as usual. I would love to work that puzzle so may be back to this beautiful lens.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Unfortunately, I've not been to any part of Canada. Maybe someday. Peggy's Cover looks inviting.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I haven't been there. But it looks so beautiful!

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      No, I haven't been that far north, but loved looking at your lovely photos.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, I loved my trip to Nova Scotia and hope to go back next year. You captured beautiful scenes. Well done!

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      Wendy Henderson 7 years ago from PA

      These are so beautiful!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Looks like a fabulous trip for you. It's been on my list of places to visit for a long time.

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      I have never been to Nova Scotia or to Peggy;s Cove but I did enjoy this virtual tour. I am sure you had a wonderful time there