The Picturesque Setting of Peggys Cove in Nova Scotia, Canada

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Nestled along the eastern shore of St. Margaret’s Bay in Nova Scotia, Canada is a quaint rural community known as Peggys Cove (also known as Peggy’s Cove for a short time). This picturesque setting appears to be taken directly out of a story book or painting. Thankfully, even though the economy all but forced tourism in as the community’s stronghold, they have continued to hold true to their fishing and historic roots. Keeping the area as quaint as ever.


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One of the most recognized, photographed and visited attractions in Peggys Cove is the Peggys Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse stands at the entrance to the eastern point of St. Margaret’s Bay. An interested fact: for a few years the lighthouse also housed a post office (during the summer months) where visitors could mail postcards and letters. All letters mailed from the lighthouse post office received a special cancellation mark in the shape of the lighthouse.

The colorful boats, old-style charm, classic rural homes and buildings as well as the undeveloped, natural landscape make up many of the features that put Peggys Cove on the map as a popular tourist destination. The village also has a beautiful Rural Gothic style church, St. John’s Anglican Church, which has been officially designated as a heritage site.

Now, as far as the name goes, one version of the story states Peggys Cove was named for the sole survivor of a shipwreck that took place near the cove. The young woman (or young girl, as stated by some) who survived was named Peggy. After she married a resident of the cove, she became known as “Peggy of the cove”. The story attracted visitors from around the area, who eventually began to call the village Peggy’s Cove.

I’d be remiss not to mention one additional place worth seeing while visiting in Peggys Cove. Located in William E. deGarthe Provincial Park is a granite sculpture carved by sculptor and painter, William E. deGarthe. It was carved as “a lasting monument to Nova Scotian fishermen”. The sculpture represents 32 fishermen along with their families, wrapped in the wings of St. Elmo (the patron saint of sailors). It also includes Peggy of the cove.


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