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Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia

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Peggys Cove's famous lighthouse.

Peggys Cove is a small village in St. Margarets Bay on the lighthouse trail near Halifax, Nova Scotia. The community is one of the busiest tourist attractions in the province. Its famous lighthouse stands at the eastern entrance of St. Margarets Bay.

Peggy is a nickname for Margaret, and the village may have taken its name from nearby St. Margarets Bay. Local folklore has several alternative origins for the name. Some people claim Peggy was an early settler, while others say she was a survivor from a shipwreck.

Places of interest

Originally a fishing village, it is now primarily a tourist attraction, although its inhabitants still fish for lobster, and the village still maintains a rustic appearance.

Peggys Cove has a classic red-and-white lighthouse, retired from active service on a rocky point, and it is perhaps the most-photographed place in Atlantic Canada. The lighthouse now contains a small Canada Post office. Tourists can visit the lighthouse itself and go walking on the rocky shore. A sign warns visitors that the unpredictable surf carries away several incautious visitors a year.

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View of Peggys Cove from across the bay.

Sculptor and painter William E. deGarthe lived in Peggy's Cove, and from May 1 to October 31 of each year the a gallery exhibiting his work is open to the public. Behind the gallery, deGarthe carved a rock outcropping into "a lasting monument to Nova Scotian fishermen" depicting 32 fishermen, their wives, and children enveloped by the wings of a guardian angel.

Whalesback Memorial is a monument to the victims of the Swissair Flight 111 air disaster, which crashed into the sea off Peggys Cove in 1998.

Hacketts Cove, located 8 km away from Peggys Cove, is the home of Nautel Limited, which manufactures transmitters used by broadcasting and navigational stations around the world.


(Peggys Cove is a small village at 44 29′ 34′′ north 63 55′ 3′′ west)

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