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Activities & Attractions August 24, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Peggy’s Cove

There is arguably no Nova Scotian landmark more iconic than Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, located just 45 minutes from downtown Halifax in the small fishing village of Peggy’s Cove.

This handy guide will tell you everything you need to know for your visit to this iconic Canadian landmark, and the surrounding Peggy’s Cove Village.

History: Who was Peggy?

Legend has it that when a schooner was shipwrecked in the area in the 1800’s, there was a sole survivor; a woman named Margaret.

Some say, she married a local man, settled in the village and thus became renowned as “Peggy of the Cove”. Others say that the name comes from the site’s location at the entrance to St. Margaret’s Bay (Peggy is a common nickname for Margaret).

If you want to learn more, you can visit Ivan Fraser, caretaker of the Peggy of the Cove Museum and author of several books about the area. His colourful, hand-painted murals are not to be missed.

Peggy of the Cove Museum

What to See

The big attraction here is, of course, the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. Built in 1915, the now famous Lighthouse still keeps watch over the ocean waves and working lobster boats.

But it’s not just the lighthouse, there are plenty of other things to see too: Browse one of the charming gift shops or take a walk among the dozens of inukshuks standing around the property, or even build your own!

Get a workout climbing the massive rocks to get that perfect view of the sea, or find a spot to lie in the sun and let the soothing sounds of the waves wash over you – but not literally!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Steer clear of the dark rocks, as they can be extremely slippery, and the sea is unpredictable!

Be sure to enjoy a delicious bowl of chowder at the Sou’Wester Restaurant.

There are accessible family washrooms on-site and plenty of parking!

The Sou’Wester Restaurant & Gift Shop

Take a walk up the road to the deGarthe Gallery and Museum. William deGarthe was a Finnish artist who emigrated to Canada in 1926. deGarthe was an accomplished sculptor.

The 100-foot long unfinished granite carving in the yard of his summer home is a wonderful tribute to the local fishing community.

There are actually a number of accomplished artists based in this tiny village, and you can get acquainted with all of them at the annual Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts in July.

Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts

Visitor Information

You can visit Peggy’s Cove year-round, although dressing warmly is recommended regardless of the season – it is usually windy!

No matter how you do it, make sure you add Peggy’s Cove to the itinerary for your next visit to Halifax!

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