Thursday, 8 September 2011

Peggy's Cove

Last weekend, we took a trip along the south shore of Nova Scotia and one of the places that we visited was Peggy's Cove.  The lighthouse, which is one of Nova Scotia's most visited tourist attractions, sits on rocks at the eastern entrance to St Margaret's Bay.  On a previous visit some years ago, we had been inside the lighthouse, which used to be home to the Post Office: postcards sent from there were franked with the lighthouse symbol.  Now, the lighthouse is closed and it is no longer possible to go inside. 

Peggy's Point Lighthouse, as it is officially known, sits on a granite outcrop at the southern end of the village itself.  The original lighthouse was constructed in 1868: the current one was built in 1914.

Peggy's Cove is a fishing village and boats can be seen heading out into the Atlantic, mainly for lobster when they are in season.  Today, much of the income of the inhabitants of Peggy's Cove comes from tourism, as tourists from across the globe flock to this tiny village to see the famous lighthouse.

At the time of our visit on Sunday evening, the waters of the harbour were flat calm.

But venture just outside the harbour entrance and rocks and reefs abound.  This must be a dangerous harbour for anyone who does not know these waters well.

The village itself is clustered around the only road that leads to the shore, but there are isolated houses dotted about: their situation is so exposed that the inhabitants must feel very alone during winter storms.

The red buidling pictured below is the old schoolhouse.  With a present-day community numbering only 46, I wondered whether there were ever many children attending school in Peggy's Cove and tried to imagine the hardships endured by the original settlers 200 years ago.

I enjoyed revisiting Peggy's Cove and standing on the rocks high above the Atlantic Ocean staring out to sea.  The character of the place was completely different to our last visit six years ago when a blustery October day saw the waves crashing over the rocks.  On this occasion, the sun shone and the calm Atlantic waters belied the true nature of this mighty sea.

For a webcam view of the lighthouse, take a look at this.


Tracy said...

Oh, this place is soooo BEAUTIFUL! It actually reminds me a little bit of the landscape a bit south of here--smooth, rocky shores, lovely sea views... aaahhh... Thanks for taking us there, Marie! VERY FUN to see the link with view from the lighthouse! :o) Happy Days, my friend ((LOVE & HUGS))

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Marie

I have just found you by accident and have been looking through your posts.

Your pictures of Peggy's Cove could easily have been of a little Norwegian coastal settlement.

I can't imagine how life is in Nova Scotia, so I have signed-up immediately to follow you.


Heidi said...

What a magical place! I would love to live in one of those little cottages by the sea's edge. I can see myself working on my stitching or quilting there. :-)

Are you feeling well settled now in your new home?

Hugs from Holland ~

Rosie said...

What an atmospheric place! Your photos are wonderful - love the red school house and of course, the lighthouse! I like the name Peggy's Cove - do you know the origin of the name?

Wild Rose said...

Rosie ~ the origin of the name is unclear. It may have been named after the wife of one of the first settlers, as it was first known as Peggs Harbour around 1766. Alternatively, it could be named after St Margaret's Bay, which is where it is situated ~ Peggy being a nickname for Margaret.

tea time and roses said...

Beautiful, just beautiful Marie! Thank you so much for bringing us along with you, wonderful indeed. Your photos are certainly lovely.

Happy week to you dear friend.



Rosie said...

Thanks, Marie! I saw the light house on TV this week. It was in a programme called 'Who do you think you are' when well known people research their family tree. The subject was a tv presenter called Richard Madeley and he traced his family to Nova Scotia and then back to New england:)