Peggy’s Cove is an iconic Nova Scotia landmark that’s well worth a visit—especially when you consider that it’s less than a one hour drive from downtown Halifax!
No matter whether you’re arriving from the airport, the cruise terminal, or you just want to know the best route to drive, there are plenty of ways to get yourself out to see this iconic Canadian lighthouse and explore its surrounding village. So pack your camera and your sense of adventure, and head for this picturesque postcard-come-to-life.
Here are 6 ways to get to Peggy’s Cove by land, by air, and by sea.
1. When you have access to a vehicle:
Peggy’s Cove is about a 50-minute drive from downtown Halifax, and the route is very straightforward; Take Quinpool Road to the Armdale Roundabout and take the third exit for St. Margaret’s Bay Road. At the set of lights, turn left onto Route 333 (fittingly known as The Lighthouse Route) towards Peggy’s Cove.
You’ll stay on Route 333 for about a half an hour (36kms) until it turns into Peggy’s Point Road.
Places to Stop Along the Way:
Looking to fuel up before your road trip? The Armview is located directly off of the Armdale rotary, and offers coffee, tea, and delicious home-cooked meals that can either be enjoyed in their charming retro-inspired diner, or taken out to consume on the road.
Twenty years ago, Peggy’s Cove was the site of a devastating airplane crash, SwissAir Flight 111. To mark the tragic events of September 2, 1998, a memorial was erected overlooking the place where the plane sunk into the sea. It blends beautifully with the rugged landscape and worth visiting for a moment of serenity and reflection. You’ll see it on the right-hand side of the road on your way into Peggy’s Cove.
2. When you don’t have access to a vehicle
It’s not possible to get to Peggy’s Cove by Halifax’s public transit system, however, there are plenty of alternative options for those looking to hitch a ride:
2a – Taxi to Peggy’s Cove
A taxi ride to Peggy’s Cove will run you $80–$100 each way, however, Halifax taxi company Casino Taxi offers Peggy’s Cove tours if you’re looking for a flexible way to explore the region. A taxi will drive you there, wait for an hour while you explore, and drive you back to the city for a flat rate of $150. If you want to stay longer, the cost is $26.80 per extra hour.
2b – Take a Tour Bus to Peggy’s Cove
Spend the afternoon taking in all that Peggy’s Cove has to offer with an Ambassatours Gray Line Peggy’s Cove Bus Tour. Buses depart daily at 1PM for a 3.5-hour tour from The Station located just outside the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (1675 Lower Water Street) in downtown Halifax. The cost is $59 a person (based on an adult fare).
2c – Rent a car in Halifax and drive to Peggy’s Cove
Depending on how long you’d like to stay in Peggy’s Cove, a car rental may be the right fit for you. Halifax is home to all of the major car rental companies such as Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, and Budget, all of which offer day-long rentals starting as low as $100.
3. When you want to make a day of it
For a completely personalized sightseeing experience, plan a custom tour to Peggy’s Cove with Blue Diamond Tours. Ideal for groups of up to six people, Blue Diamond will create a tour to suit your needs and culinary tastes. They’ll even pick you up at the airport and drop you at your hotel before setting off on your journey. Tours start at $350 USD.
Go North Tours offers a variety of Peggy’s Cove excursions with friendly service and reasonable rates. These comprehensive tours come with or without lunch and include stops at other must-see Halifax landmarks such as the Titanic Cemetery and The Public Gardens.
If you’re looking to go beyond Peggy’s Cove, a day tour with Alternative Routes is a wonderful way to experience not only the picturesque lighthouse but the Annapolis Valley as well. The full loop lasts from 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
4. When you arrive via cruise ship
If you’re visiting Halifax on a cruise and you’d like to spend the day exploring Peggy’s Cove, you’re in luck! There are car rental outlets at the VIA Rail station, a mere block from the cruise terminal.
5. When you arrive by plane
Visiting Halifax by plane? We can’t think of a better way to stretch your legs than by scrambling over the rocks at Peggy’s Cove.
Driving from Halifax Stanfield International Airport, take Highway 102 Southbound to Exit 3 and turn left on Highway 213. Follow Highway 213 to the end, and then take Route 333 straight to Peggy’s Cove.
6. When you’re feeling ambitious
If you’re an experienced cyclist with an eye for adventure, consider spending the day cycling to Peggy’s Cove. The most traditional route is a 100km loop that will take you through fishing villages, along highways and bike trails.
I Heart Bikes Halifax will set you up with a bike and a map so you can pedal to Peggy’s Cove on a picturesque adventure that’s definitely worth bragging about.
From the quaint little fishing village to the rugged, otherworldly coastline, the authentic lobster feasts, and the local artisan shops, Peggy’s Cove is a quintessential Nova Scotian landmark that is not to be missed!
Explore and enjoy—but take care to stay off the black rocks for your safety. The ocean waves at Peggy’s Cove are mesmerizingly beautiful but they can also be strong.
Whether you’re arriving by plane, boat, bike, or car, you’ll love exploring Peggy’s Cove.
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