Very rarely do I make a trip that isn’t planned months in advance. Although I don’t have a full schedule when I travel, I usually have the dates, methods of transportation and hotel reservations firmly in place. On short notice, I booked a flight to Halifax. Peggy’s Cove is thirty minutes away.
The Ford Taurus I rented, in bright red, made for an OK drive. Not what I’m used to, and the navigation system was dreadful. Exited Halifax by Prospect Road, then made the short, scenic drive down Peggy’s Point Road.
The Anglican Church is one of the first buildings noticeable in Peggy’s Cove. It was built of timber about 1884 and is the only place of worship in the village. It is a Gothic Revival building with an unusual corner tower and spire.
Located at 110 Peggy’s Point Road is The Maritime Pasty Company, which isn’t much more than a take-out window and a bunch of picnic tables. There is a constant stream of customers getting a lobster roll – the only item they sell.
The harbour above is directly across the street. We were blessed on this day, with beautiful blue skies and perfect weather.
The star attraction of the village is the lighthouse, which was built in 1915. Constructed directly on the rocks, like all the buildings in the town.
Peggys Cove is a rocky outcrop on St Margaret’s Bay. The mostly wooden structures are built on rock. Wells are deep, but most drinking water is now purchased at a store. There are several restaurants and Bed & Breakfasts in the village. The buildings are painted in a variety of soft colours (except one glaring purple one).
William deGarthe emigrated to Canada from Finland in 1926, and for many years summered in Peggy’s Cove. He carved these images from a ninety-meter granite facing in his yard.
The sculpture thirty-two fishermen, their wives and children, St Elmo, and the legendary Peggy. The property is now home to an art gallery.