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A Few Doors and a Brief Tour of Peggy’s Cove – Nova Scotia
A little less than an hour’s drive from downtown Halifax on Canada’s Atlantic coast lies the picturesque fishing village of Peggy’s Cove.
With a year-round population of about 40 inhabitants, this idyllic village has somehow managed to keep it’s charm despite the tens of thousands of tourists who visit each year.
There is truly something special about this place that calls me back every time I go to Nova Scotia, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way about this place.
If you’re curious to see what it looks like at this time of year, they keep a webcam permanently pointed at the Lighthouse and the ocean beyond.
During the few hours we spent there on a cool cloudy day last fall the tour buses pulled in non-stop. We took a walk over to St. John’s Anglican Church while waiting for the crowd to thin out near the main restaurant and gift shop.
It was nice to see that the church, which is a registered Nova Scotia heritage building has a well-maintained door, which is no small feat considering the wind, rain and salt filled air.
On our way back to our main destination the lighthouse, we came across this lovely weathered only fishing shed with a door that has seen better days.
There’s a serene melancholic beauty to this place. Perhaps it’s the gradual way the rocks which have been worn down over multiple ice-ages, wind, and water, seem to pour themselves out into the ocean.
Aside from the rocks and the waves the main attraction that calls people back to Peggy’s Cove time and again is the lighthouse.
After the CN Tower in Toronto and the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, this humble little structure is said to be the most photographed building in Canada.
I can remember when the lighthouse actually served as the village post office and sending someone a card postmarked from Peggy’s Cove was a cool touristy thing to do. Sometime in the nineties the lighthouse was totally automated and the doors padlocked – but hey, hardly anyone sends postcards anymore anyway.
The tranquil beauty and smooth rocks of Peggy’s Cove can lull you into a false sense of security about what is still a very stark landscape with finicky north Atlantic weather.
Despite the posted warnings, each summer a handful of individuals push their luck going out too far down on the rocks where a big wave can sweep in at any time.
So if you go please admire the ocean from a safe distance and heed the warnings not to walk down on the wet rocks.
As always, I thank you for reading 🙂
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