Anyone who has not yet visited Peggy’s Cove, hands up!
While it is the most well-known symbol of Nova Scotia- recognized universally as ‘Nova Scotia’, not all of us have made this trek. We are often BAD at seeing our own province, people!
Anyhoo,I think everyone should brave the parking nightmare ( circumvent this by going in the off-season – the waves are just as heart stopping and the restaurant is still open) and enjoy this most famous of tourist attractions.
The name, Peggy’s Cove, has spawned numerous legends, one being that it was the name of a sole shipwreck survivor from a sinking at Halibut Rock. Local artist William Degarthe claimed Peggy was a young woman, but other stories say she was a child adopted by locals and named Peggy, later becoming know as Peggy of the Cove.
Others say the village name simply refers to the colloquial version of Margaret – as in St Margarets Bay.
In 1811, the province granted 800 acres to 6 families who scraped a living from the sea and if you can believe it, farming. Now, of course, tourism is a huge boost to the local economy.
But people don’t flock to Peggy’s Cove for the gift shops, the restaurant or even the lighthouse. Those are a dime a dozen in Nova Scotia.
They come to here for the landscape-the flowing sea of granite glacial erratics left behind by the slow scouring movement of receding glaciers. It’s rugged beauty regularly draws 500,000 annually. And why not? There’s the stunning beauty of the area, of course, but also there’s a whisper of danger blowing shoreward with those crashing waves and we, as clueless humans, are drawn to it. It’s no secret people have died heeding the beckoning of those massive waves. Please don’t add to the number! Stay off the black rocks at all times, even in seemingly calm seas. #safeonshore
That being said, there is plenty to do in this small coastal village of around 30 permanent residents.
What To Do at Peggy’s Cove
- Walk the rocks
- Peggy’s Cove LightHouse- This is no longer a post office and no public access to the inside, so instead,enjoy this video..
- Stroll the Village
- Shop for souvenirs.Amos Pewter, Hags on the Hills and more are great places for gifts or just to window shop
- William E. deGarthe Memorial Monument
131 Peggys Point Rd, Peggy’s Cove
- Peggy’s Cove Boat Tours
178 Peggy’s Point Rd, Peggy’s Cove
- Grab a sweet treat at Bubba MaGoos
48 Peggys Point Rd
- Swissair Flight 111 Memorial
8250 Highway 333, Peggy’s Cove
- Polly’s Cove Hiking Trail
Prospect Road, West Dover
- Grab some lunch at Sou’Wester Gift & Restaurant
178 Peggy’s Point Rd
- And finish with coffee and dessert at Beales Bailiwick