We were in Nova Scotia and the Maritime Provinces have some of the most beautiful lighthouses. I’d not seen the same on the west coast and was looking forward to getting pictures of as many of them as I could. Number one on that list was Peggys Cove.
We followed the Lighthouse Trail scenic drive from where we were staying in Mahone Bay to Peggys Cove, one of the most photographed structures in the Atlantic provinces. Legend has one story that it was named after a young girl named Margaret which Peggy is a nickname for, who was the sole survivor of a schooner that ran aground in 1800.
Peggys Point Lighthouse
The lighthouse sits on a granite outcropping that offers great exploring opportunities while wandering on the massive rocks. This is to be done with caution as many people have been swept off the rocks by waves. I came close to doing that in Portugal but that is a whole other story !
A fishboat from the past at Peggys Cove, NS
Tourism became the primary draw over fishing following World War 2 but lobster is still being fished in the area and the village does maintains the rustic look of those days. There were some buildings destroyed from Hurricane Juan in 2003 and Hurricane Bill in 2009 which washed away one of the characteristic wooden fish sheds.
For those of us that enjoy listening to the bagpipes being played, we had a treat when a student raising college funds began to play. The wind carried the sound over the rocks and was music to our ears as we cautiously trekked across the granite, no dancing on this ground. (:
This area was declared a preservation area in 1962 when Peggys Cove Commission Act was passed. Regional and provincial governments have placed strict land use restrictions to prevent most property developments and they have also placed limitations that restrict property inflation values for year round residents.
We enjoyed a wonderful morning wandering about Peggys Cove and although it is a small village, it has had a very large impact on the tourism of the
. This is one of many special places that we visited on our cross Canada RV trip and we were off to see more. Have you ever been to Maritime Provinces ? Clik here and join us on our visit to that beautiful little island. Prince Edward Island