Peggys Cove

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Halifax, Canada

Peggys Cove Halifax Reviews

loripori loripori
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Peggy's Cove Famous Lighthouse is officially known as Peggy Point Lighthouse. Peggy's Cove has a classic red and white lighthouse and is situated on a granite outcrop jutting into St. Margarets Bay. This lighthouse is one of the most photographed in Atlantic Canada.

The firs lighthouse was built in 1868 and was a wooden house with a beacon on the roof. At sundown the keeper lit a kerosene oil lamp magnified by a catoptric reflector (a silver-plated mirror) creating the red beacon light marking the eastern entrance to St. Margarets Bay. That lighthouse was replaced by the current structure, an octagonal lighthouse which was built in 1914. It is made of reinforced concrete but retains the eight-sided shape of earlier generations of wooden light towers. It stands almost 15 metres (50 ft) high. The old wooden lighthouse became the keeper’s dwelling and remained near to the current lighthouse until it was damaged by Hurricane Edna in 1954 and was removed.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A small community, PEGGY'S COVE is located on the Eastern Shore of St. Margarets Bay and 43 kilometers southwest of Halifax. Peggy's Cove is one of the numerous small fishing villages located around the Chebucto Peninsula. Many artists and photographers flock to Peggy's Cove as do tourists and Bus Tours.

The village's famous Lighthouse with its classic colors of red and white, marks the eastern entrance of St. Margarets Bay. Situated on a granite outcrop, the lighthouse is officially known as the Peggys Point Lighthouse.

Visitors may explore the granite outcrop around the lighthouse , despite numerous signs warning of unpredictable surf and slippery rocks. There have been many injuries and even death for some who do not heed the warnings.

The current lighthouse, octagonal in shape, was built in 1914 and is made of reinforced concrete. It stands almost 15 meters (50 feet) high.

From the beginning, the community's economy revolved around the fishery. Today tourism has overtaken fishing in economic importance. Peggy's Cove is simply a photographer's dream with all the colorful wooden houses, fishing boats and lobster traps. I have to say, I was soooo looking forward to my visit to Peggy's Cove and I was not disappointed. It was one of the highlights of our East Coast Road Trip.
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aelder2259 aelder22…
216 reviews
A Photographer's Dream! Oct 08, 2013
After reading the disappointing reviews by other cruise critic members, I was starting to regret that I signed up for the Peggy's Cove excursion. I'm glad I did, was my favorite place of the whole cruise to take photos!

Unlike some of the other reviewers, we spent 75 minutes at Peggy's Cove - plenty of time to walk through the town, take photos, get a bite to eat, and do a little shopping.

Hints: Take your passport with you and go upstairs of the main gift shop/restaurant - they will stamp it with a passport stamp that has the lighthouse in it. Also, everything upstairs is locally made (instead of China) and there was NO line at the checkout! Skip the crowd at the restaurant and head over to the hotdog cart ($5 for a dog and a soda) - she even makes her own relish and mustard.

My only negative comments are that there are so many people walking around the lighthouse that it's near impossible to get a complete photo of it without people in it. Too bad they don't make everyone clear out every 30 minutes (for 15 minutes) so people can take photos. Also, too many buses there at one time...I think 3 buses at a time is plenty (not the 20 that seemed to be there). The place is just too small for that many people.
theseasidegirl theseasi…
10 reviews
Beautiful Location Oct 29, 2010
A visit to Peggy's cove is a must it's a lovely location and the town is a perfect example of a small rural village in NS. As you drive through a part of you feels like you have stepped back in time to a place where the life still exists as a community. The lighthouse itself is lovely and although windy it’s still beautiful and worth the taking a moment to enjoy the view. Also where the Swiss Air flight 111 crashed.
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infinitybiker infinity…
1 reviews
lighthouse root Oct 24, 2009
Last time in canada (at 2001) was an unforgetuble trip!! My childhood memories) at glen margaret (a small vilage on the way to peggys cove)beside the the small warf my father made and was full of lobster traps! The deep blue color of the ocean and the beautifull nature...the colorfull fishing vilages on the south shore makes a painting its self!!! Its a peacefull place with lovely people and many continuing fishing lobster for generations and export worldwide!

from yarmouth to halifax i estimate is 33 lighthouses! On the root 333 reaching peggys cove for a coffee you will just adore the place with its enormus granite rocks 415 million years old!!! Remains of the retreating glaciers and scattered randomly around the area! You will explore the smooth rocks of the shore but be carefull cause large waves from the atlantik can strike without warning,especially in rough weather!!

you can always send a postcard from the only post office operating in a lighthouse:))

activities of the area include-whale watching-kayaking...dont forget the de garthe gallery!

going to halifax you will visit terence bay !! At this shores the s.s.atlantic came to the end of her fateful voyage in 1873!!

then back to halifax for a bruskie at the many bars and rests the city offers!!!

(i was lucky.. Beggining of december and was 20 degrees celsius!!)
redcatxia redcatxia
5 reviews
A Writer's Paradise---Peggy's Cove Jul 20, 2007
One of the most memorable places I visited in Nova Scotia was Peggy's Cove. It really puts things into perspective as you stand there among large chunks of rock both rough and smooth; looking out across the ocean. Though the lighthouse is there for all to see, I would think the peacefulness the crashing of the waves against land creates far outweights taking the trip for the lighthouse. Truly inspiring for anyone with a bit of a writer's block or in need of refreshing. Just be careful not to get too close to the water like I did, else nature might enjoy giving you a splash!
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silan silan
59 reviews
Jun 08, 2007
A visit to Peggy's Cove is a necessary experience if you're visitng Halifax, and is only a short drive away. It's best to see the famous lighthouse, rocks and water in the off-season so there aren't as many crowds and you can get some great pictures without the tops of strangers head at the bottom! I went in the beginning of June and there weren't too many people, and the weather was amazing!

The lighthouse isn't the only thing to see in Peggy's Cove. Though tourists may flock there, take some time to wander around the town a bit to see what else it has to offer.

Be sure to send a postcard from the lighthouse to friends or family to get "Peggy's Cove" stamped on it!
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