Iconic Peggy's Cove

Ohhh beautiful Peggy's Cove! A place of outstanding natural beauty, the heart of picturesque fishing villages, UNESCO Heritage sites, beautiful beaches and just thirty-five minutes from Halifax.

Peggy's Cove Village is famed for its picturesque East-Coast profile. With houses perched along a narrow inlet and wave washed boulders facing towards the Atlantic. Although this unique place has been deemed a preservation area, it is still a very active fishing community. 

Nova Scotia is home to over 160 historic lighthouses. Our first stop on our Nova Scotia lighthouse tour, was of course Peggy's Cove Lighthouse. Located in the quaint fishing village of Peggy’s Cove along the South Shore, Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse was built in 1915. This world famous lighthouse is one of Nova Scotia’s most photographed in Canada. Capturing a shot without a visiting tourist can be quite the challenge.

A little bit of history for you... legend has it that when a schooner was shipwrecked in the area in the 1800's, there was a sole survivor; a woman named Margaret. Some say, she married a local man, settles into the village and thus became known as "Peggy of the Cove". Others say that the name comes from the sites location at the entrance to St. Margaret's Bay (Peggy is a common nickname for Margaret). What do you believe the true story to be?


peggy's cove lighthouse - across the blue planet
peggys cove village - across the blue planet
peggys cove lighthouse - across the blue planet
peggys cove village - across the blue planet
peggys cove village - across the blue planet

A Great Place to Stay:

Peggy's Cove Bed & Breakfast


Quick Information:

  • This is a tourist destination, therefore it can get quite busy. If you are looking to photograph the iconic lighthouse without tourist, the best times are either early morning or sunset. These are ironically the best times for lighting as well, beautiful golden light in the morning casts its light over the village and in the evenings colourful sunsets streak across the sky behind the lighthouse.

Caution: 

  • The dark wet rocks can be extremely slippery, take precautions when climbing over them.
  • The Atlantic Ocean can be unpredictable, always be aware of your surroundings.

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Across the Blue Planet - Peggy's Cove