While finishing my cross Canada road trip this summer though Canada’s Atlantic provinces, there was one place I just had to visit. Located on the rocky shores of Nova Scotia, just south of Halifax, sits one of Canada’s most iconic symbols: Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. More commonly known as Peggy’ Cove Lighthouse, this classic red and white structure is situated along the scenic Lighthouse Trail drive.
Standing guard over the eastern entrance to St. Margaret’s Bay since 1914, it’s still in active operation by the Canadian Coast Guard. This little unassuming lighthouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions in eastern Canada. Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse has been given the title of most photographed lighthouse in Canada and is one of the most recognized the world over.
Visiting Peggy’s Cove
K and I arrived at the visitors center in Peggy’s Cove one sunny afternoon and walked along the rocky coast line towards the lighthouse. The wind nearly blew us off our feet as we took in the gorgeous landscape around us.
Perched high on a large granite rock outcrop, Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse easily blends in with its beautiful surroundings. The endless blue ocean stretching out towards the horizon, and the relentless waves crashing on the seaweed covered shores gives the place a wild and remote feeling.
Careful to stay high on the rocks we made our way along the coast until we reached the lighthouse. We took note of the numerous posted signs warning tourists not to get too close to the water’s edge. Rogue waves have been known to sweep tourists off their feet and into the rough, cold waves.
Standing almost 15 m high, I was surprised at how small it actually was in person. You can’t enter the lighthouse but you can easily walk right up to it (though you may have to wait your turn to get your picture taken with it).
After admiring the lighthouse K and I wandered into the tiny fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. Looking like something out of a novel, this village had the classic signs of a maritime town with fishing boats resting by the docks littered in lobster traps. The simple, brightly painted buildings provided a welcome splash of color to contrast the white washed rocks and green, low lying vegetation.
Staying Near Peggy’s Cove
K and I decided to spend the night at a nearby campground, choosing to continue onto Halifax the next day. We went out for dinner that night at a local restaurant and feasted on the famous local dish of lobster rolls.
While the village of Peggy’s Cove is very small, there are numerous B&B’s, motels and campgrounds in and around the village.
Setting out early the next morning under the cover of thick ocean fog, we couldn’t help but stop once more to admire both Peggy’s Cove village and lighthouse. Having the place almost to ourselves, we again wandered the rocks snapping pictures of village through the thick haze.
If you’re ever visiting Atlantic Canada, absolutely make the time to visit to Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse! If you’re doing a road trip like I was, it’s a great place to stop and stretch your legs and enjoy some truly spectacular scenery. Within easy driving distance of the city of Halifax, it makes for a wonderful day trip and offers a classic Canadian maritime experience.