Peggys Cove in Photos

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Less than an hour from downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, lies a tiny fishing village called Peggys Cove.

With a permanent population of well below 100, this little village on the edge of St. Margaret's Bay plays host to thousands of foreign tourists during the warm summer months.

Why, you might ask?

Well, these photos should explain it all.

Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggys Point Lighthouse, Nova Scotia
Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggys Cove is perhaps one of the cutest places I've ever been. Yes, it may even rival Akaroa (a town I fell in love with in New Zealand) when it comes to effortless charm. It's so cute and quaint, in fact, that it has led me to use all sorts of forbidden travel superlatives in this paragraph…

Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia

I visited Peggys Cove on a shore excursion from Halifax, which is how a lot of people visit this pretty place. It's less than an hour away from the Nova Scotia capital, making it an easy morning or afternoon trip.

Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia
Chiseled artwork made by a former resident.

Peggys Point Lighthouse

The main reason people flock to this village is to see and photograph the Peggys Point Lighthouse — one of the most-photographed lighthouses in Canada. It sits atop rocks molded and moved by ancient glaciers, which can be dangerous if you're not careful.

Peggys Point Lighthouse, Nova Scotia
Peggys Point, Nova Scotia
Peggys Point Lighthouse, Nova Scotia
Peggys Point, Nova Scotia

The village of Peggys Cove is said to have been named for the lone survivor of a ship wreck long ago off the coast — a woman or young girl (no one can quite agree on which) who was nicknamed Peggy by the locals who saved her from the sea.

Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggys Point, Nova Scotia
Peggys Point Lighthouse, Nova Scotia

For a place so small, Peggys Cove sure left a big impression on me. I think I might be in love.

Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia


Peggys Cove is located just over 25 miles from downtown Halifax.

There's not a whole lot to do here other than wander around the tiny town and see the lighthouse, but as you can see in this post, it's an extremely pretty town to visit!

If you'd like to book a tour from Halifax, here are two to consider:

Looking for more ideas for things to do in the area? Here's a huge list of things to do in Nova Scotia.

What do you think of Peggys Cove? Would you like to visit?

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  1. Amazing pics Amanda. I love both the lighthouse and the chiseled artwork!

    Beautiful pictures. I am drooling to visit it sometime.

    Amazing photos! My favorite is the second one – with the lighthouse ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s relay great that we still can find places like this one on earth – places without MC and morning traffic…

      I agree! And Peggys Cove is actually protected now, so you will hopefully never see it change too much! (Though, in the summer I hear it DOES get really crowded and congested with tourist buses!)

    I love these pictures! My gradmother sent me a postcard from Peggy’s Cove years ago. I thought it was so quaint and picturesque then, but the postcard doesn’t do your pictures justice. Now I’d really like to see this for myself.

      Aww thanks for the nice words, Juliann. If you can ever make it to this part of Nova Scotia, do it! Such an awesome slice of Canada.

    You got some great shots there. If you like Peggy’s Cove next time come back and visit Lunenburg, another fishing town and it’s really photogenic.

      Thanks, Ayngelina! Lunenburg was an option to visit, but we unfortunately didn’t have time. I’ll most definitely be back, though!

    Such a beautiful country! I wish I could go up in that lighthouse and watch the sea at a thunder… That would be my dream came true…

    I love the second one, with the lighthouse. What a colorful and adorable place! Great photos ๐Ÿ™‚

      I loved it so much. Definitely need to go back again someday!

    Colourful houses, fishing boats, nets, rocks and a lighthouse – hard to go wrong when it all looks so good. That blue sky helps too. Nice job!

      Hard to go wrong, indeed. And those clouds were just so perfect for photographing!!

    Oh-h! How beautiful this place is! GREAT PICS!

      Thank you! I’m really happy with how these came out!

    So beautiful – truly makes me proud of my country ๐Ÿ™‚ I particularly like the penultimate shot!

      You Canadians have a lot to be proud of! And not enough people realize it!

    I’m from Halifax, so Peggy’s is kind of in my blood. Your shots are lovely. Difficult to choose a favorite #2.

      Thank you, Nancie. Halifax was lovely as well, but Peggys Cove definitely left an impression on me.

    Love the photos. I missed Peggy’s Cove on my trip to Nova Scotia which certainly gives me a good reason to go back.

    Awesome pics!!! Reminds me of the town of Rockport, Massachusetts, only that instead of a lighthouse, it has the most photographed fishing shack (in the world I think).

    Cool beans ๐Ÿ™‚


      Fishing shacks are also very cool! I think I’ve fallen in love with all of New England – we saw so many places similar to this one!

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