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History of Peggy’s Cove, Canada

In 1766, this cove was called Eastern Point Harbour. Other maps listed the name as Peggs Harbour. The village was formally founded in 1811 when King George III of the United Kingdom granted land to a handful of German immigrants. They soon established farms across 800 acres and began fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. The […]

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Geological Formation of Peggy’s Cove, Canada

Exquisite works of nature take time … lots of time. Peggy’s Cove is located at the southwestern edge of Chebucto Peninsula. The village is bordered by St. Margarets Bay to the west and the Atlantic Ocean seen here in the south. This rugged coastline primarily consists of large granite rock. They were formed about 400 […]

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Fishing Trends in Peggy’s Cove, Canada

The lobster traps stacked beside the weathered fishing shed are not props. But today, only a handful of residents catch lobsters and mackerel for a living. That is a far cry from when the village reached its peak population of 300 and fishing was the mainstay. After WWII, improved technology and fleets of commercial vessels […]

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Fishermen’s Monument in Peggy’s Cove, Canada

Many tourists return to the parking lot near the lighthouse before reaching the Fishermen’s Monument. They miss seeing this labor of love by William E. deGarthe. He was born in Finland in 1907 and emigrated to Canada at 19 where he found work in Montreal. Within three years he moved to Nova Scotia. Between jobs […]

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Fisherman Statue Wearing Sou’wester in Peggy’s Cove, Canada

If you are driven to Peggy’s Cove – by tour bus, taxi driver or private guide – you will park in a lot next to The Sou’Wester, a large gift store and restaurant. But what is a sou’wester? It is a waterproof hat with a long flap over the neck and down the back to […]

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Exploring Peggy’s Cove, Canada

To explore the village, simply walk down a hill from the lighthouse and Sou’Wester Restaurant. Don’t worry about getting lost. You can see most of Peggy’ Cove from any vantage point. Just follow Peggy’s Point Road to the waterfront. Savor the quaint scenery along the way. Step inside the few boutique shops nestled in small […]

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Vibrant Ground Cover along Clam Pond in Peggy’s Cove, Canada

Before jumping back into your car at the Visitor Information Centre, take a minute to go to the end of the parking lot. This tranquil water is not a stream or river. This is tidal pool named Clam Pond. The ground cover is especially vibrant in the autumn. The red vegetation is the wild lowbrush […]

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Decaying Wooden Boat at Peggy’s Cove, Canada

At the opposite end of the fishing vessel spectrum are small wooden boats. All are old. Some are in remarkably good shape. Others are decaying, a mere skeleton of their former working days.

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Cape Islander Boat in Peggy’s Cove, Canada

An appealing aspect of Peggy’s Cove is admiring the boats moored in the inlet. The largest is the Harbour Mist. This is a Cape Islander boat. The design is credited to Ephriam Atkinson. Since the turn of the 20th century, this style has been used extensively for lobster fishing across Atlantic Canada. Locals call them […]

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Accommodations in Peggy’s Cove, Canada

If you become enamored with Peggy’s Cove after a couple hour visit, consider staying for a few days or a week. No, there are no big hotels here. You’d be disappointed if there were. Instead, there is an inn, several B&Bs and cottages available. An example is the 100 year old white house with Adirondack […]