Peggy's Cove on Your Own
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Peggy's Cove: Walk along the seawall, watch the fishing boats come in, savor some chowder at a harbor cafe, shop, or find Peggy's actual cove. (It's there.)
- The lighthouse: This classic red and white beacon, known as the world's most photographed lighthouse, has guarded the entrance to St. Margarets Bay since 1914.
- Roundtrip transportation: Enjoy the beautiful scenery as your GoBe guide gives you a helpful orientation to the village and tells you where to meet for the return to Halifax.
About this Halifax, Nova Scotia tour
It's hard to believe that Peggy's Cove wasn't built just to serve as a subject for postcards, landscape paintings, and travel magazine photo spreads. Dotted with colorful fishing boats, rustic saltbox-style buildings and lined by a rocky shore, Peggy's is impossibly perfect.
There's some myth attached to the town's name. The most popular story is that it came from the sole survivor of an 1800 shipwreck who was either a young woman (according to the late William deGarthe, the town's most famous artist) named Peggy, or a little girl who didn't know her name. A local family adopted her and called her Peggy, after nearby St. Margaret's Bay; she became known as "Peggy of the Cove," a name eventually adopted and adapted by the village.
If you like art, stop by the house deGarthe once lived in, now a museum dedicated to his work. You should at least see his two murals at St. John's Anglican Church. They're affectionate tributes to Nova Scotia fishermen, and they tell you a lot about life here – as does the artist. Born in Finland, he emigrated to Canada in 1926 on a quest to find "the most beautiful spot on earth." He had tickets for Brazil on a ship out of Halifax, but never boarded – he settled in Peggy's Cove instead, and lived there for the rest of his life. "I didn't have to travel any farther," he explained later. He had found the spot.
Picturesque doesn't even begin to describe the Peggy's Point Lighthouse. Built in 1914 to replace the original wooden structure, it's perched precariously on a granite outcrop at the edge of the bay. Some visitors ignore the signs on the rocks and the bronze plaque on the lighthouse about the unpredictable surf – and get swept out to sea. (Don't be one of those people.)
Please proceed to the gray kiosk located at the front of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 1675 Lower Water Street.
The rocks at Peggy's Cove are often slippery, especially close to the water. Avoid walking along the water's edge. You may wish to bring Canadian currency or credit cards for any purchases. US dollars are not accepted at their true value everywhere.
To see all sites fully, plan to walk for 1.5 miles over gravel/paved paths. You must be able to get on/off the bus without assistance. If your mobility is limited, no worries; majority of walking is at your discretion. Tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Family Friendly, Bus Tour, Shopping
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
This experience is operated by Gray Line.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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