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Peggy's Cove Light
Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

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General Information
Date Established: 1868
Date Present Tower Built: 1915
Height of Tower: 43 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 72 ft.

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Open to Public?: Yes, grounds and lower section only

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Description
Also known as Peggy's Point Lighthouse.

There are several legends about Peggy's Cove and how it aquired its name. One states that there was a woman named Peggy who died in a tragic shipwreck and was washed up onto the rocks and who's soul still remains. Another legend states that Peggy was the nickname for a woman who's true name was Margaret and who was the sole survivor of a shipwreck that occured in 1800. Apparently, she was on her way to Halifax to see her fiancÚ and was rescued by the locals. A third legend states that Peggy was the wife of William Rogers, one of the first
settlers in the area. Regardless of the story, Peggy's Cove and the surrounding areas are rich with history and untouched beauty.

To drive to Peggy's Cove Light, travel on Highway 333 from Halifax, or Highway 103 from Halifax to Exit 5 and then Highway 333.

Since the late 70's, the lower portion of light light has served a post office in the summer. It is the only lighthouse/ post office combination in North America. Like many lights, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse boasts that it is the most photographed lighthouse in the world.

Photo Credits: oceanview (#1-2), Roberta Brentano (#3), Bob Finley (#4)


Submitted by: Patti Date of last review: Mon Sep 4, 2006 Views: 2937

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oceanview

Joined: 4 Sep 2006
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Review Date: Mon Sep 4, 2006 Would you recommend the lighthouse? Yes | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Easy access, parking available
Cons: Popular (too many people!)

We visited Peggy's Cove on 8/31/2006. We planned to be there near sunset and take advantage of the evening light for taking pictures.

The trip out to Peggy's Cove, once you leave the main highway (103) takes you through small villages with scenic views along the way, but not many opportunities to pull off the road for picture taking.

Signs easily lead you to the village of Peggy's Cove, and the village is small enough that once you pull off the highway (333), you can use dead reckoning to find the lighthouse. There is no dirt road driving to reach this lighthouse, as was the case for a number of the lights we visited while in Nova Scotia.

There is ample parking provided by the Sou'Wester Restaurant and gift shop which is adjacent to the lighthouse.

Since we got there near sunset (about 6:30 pm, local time) the post office in the light was closed. I was aware of the post office, but had to weigh the pro and cons of visiting it since I am also a stamp collector and would have liked to get a few cancellations from there. However, the pictures at sunset were worth missing the post office being open.

We also didn't stop at the Visitor Information Centre in the village, so I can't tell you if there is any historical information on the light available there - I suspect they have something. There is no interpretive information about the lighthouse on the actual lighthouse site.

Paved/concrete paths lead to the smooth granite rocks which are easily walked upon. There are a few warning signs about being careful on the rocks and especially at the waters edge. There have apparently been a few drownings over the years. It looked to me that if you fell into the water or perhaps were swamped by a rogue wave, you would have a very difficult time getting back up on the rocks, so some caution is certainly advised.

Nearby the village (about a mile west/north on highway 333) is a memorial site to the victims of the crash of Swissair flight 111.

This is truly a charming light to visit, but I am a bit biased towards appreciating lighthouses with Fresnel lenses more so than lights with the aerobeacons or other static lights. Call me a traditionalist, I suppose. Also, because it is so popular, if picture taking without people in the way is important to you, you may want to consider a sunrise visit - I suspect there would be less people there then compared to any other time of the day.

However, that being said, the visit to Peggy's Cove was a wonderful end to our trip to Nova Scotia, as it was our last night there. I would highly recommend it, but am hard pressed to give it a higher rating due to the lack of interpretive information and the number of people on the site.
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