Peggy's Cove Lighthouse has been standing watch over the Nova Scotia coastline since 1915. The light tower, which is still operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, is iconic and beautiful. The tall white base and red top perched along side a rocky coast looks just as you'd expect a lighthouse to look. For many years, people came to mail letters at the one-of-a-kind lighthouse post office. Even though the postal operations ceased in 2009, the lighthouse remains the centerpiece of Peggy's Cove tourism.
Nova Scotia is home to more lighthouses than any other province. People come from around the world to see the historic Peggy's Cove Lighthouse and soak in the atmosphere of its home town. Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia is a charming little fishing village that often appears in pictures describing the simple life. Less than an hour from downtown Halifax, this waterfront town is located at the easternmost point of Saint Margaret's Bay. It may be small in size, but this little town along a peninsula is big on charm.
Even though you can't climb to the top of the lighthouse, many visitors flock to its base to see the light up close and admire the views. As you stand next to the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, you'll find an expansive view of the bay and the rocky coastline. For generations, Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia and the surrounding communities on this south coast—Lunenburg and Shelbourne included—have been the centerpiece of the province's fishing operations. Fishing activities have waned over time, although visitors still can watch watch the boats and fishermen going to work out on the Atlantic Ocean. And from time to time visitors can spot whales, a sight sure to put a smile on any face.
Just a few steps from the lighthouse, you'll find one of the most popular dining experiences on the Peggy's Cove tourism scene. Since 1967, the adjacent restaurants has been dishing up hearty meals and warm hospitality. Visitors can begin the day with a traditional fisherman-style breakfast, complete with fish hash, baked beans, and tomato relish. If that doesn't sound like the dish for you, don't worry, standard fare is available too. The lunch and dinner menus are chock-full of local and fresh favorites, including seafood chowder, sweet berries, and lobster rolls. The accompanying gift shop also reflects the local scene. Many artisans have brought their heartfelt work to be sold here.
While the lighthouse is the must-see element in Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia, it's just one of the things you can see while exploring. The small town is also home to other interesting things to do and places to stay. The home of the painter William E. deGarthe has been transformed into a gallery where more than 60 of his maritime-themed works are on display. Behind the gallery, the striking Fisherman's Monument has transformed a hunk of rock into a sculpture depicting 32 anglers watched over by an angel. Some of his murals are still a part of Saint John's Anglican Church. The active place of worship welcomes visitors for services or to stop by to admire the art and Carpenter Gothic design.
The Swissair Flight 111 Memorial is another place to add to your tours of Peggy's Cove Nova Scotia. The 229 people on board met a tragic end in 1998 when the plane crashed into the waters of Saint Margaret's Bay.
After a day of exploring, you'll need a place to relax for the evening. Some head back to Halifax or to the Lunenburg hotels, while others will enjoy a stay at one of bed and breakfast inns in Peggy's Cove. Campgrounds and oceanfront rentals are available in the surrounding towns along the water.