Peggy’s Cove

May 28, 2009

in Beyond Halifax (~ hour away)

Lighthouse at Peggy's Cove

Lighthouse at Peggy's Cove

Distance from Halifax: 44 km – about 43 mins
Food Available: Absolutely
Child Friendly: Yes

My favourite day tripper destination in the Halifax area is Peggy’s Cove. No matter what the season or what the weather is doing. The rocks are warn smooth – not by man but the daily pounding of the waves. The smooth rocks and the rough pounding waves create a contrast of opposites.

The lighthouse – with it’s own postal station – crosses the line from tacky tourist trap to a functional value added service – a place to buy stamps. When you mail your postcards they are stamped with a postmark shaped like a lighthouse. As a fun souvenir you can send a postcard to yourself that says “Glad you were here”.

If the weather is cold and blustery and your children end up doused in water, you can take refuge in the restaurant – with delicious hot soups and other hot food – and warm, dry souvenir t-shirts to replace the wet one.

Peggy's Cove sheltered harbour Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove sheltered harbour Nova Scotia


Summer months bring greater variety in eating treats – there is the excellent Expresso on Deck at the back of Beales’ Bailiwick serving fresh organic coffees, desserts and sodas and an excellent view of the quiet harbour. If the weather is really nice – an ice cream and a sorbet shop! Imagine the delight – savouring a hand scooped ice cream while wandering over the smooth rocks, gazing out over the quiet harbour or the frothy white waves as they pound against the rocks. The wind is blowing through your hair.


Is there more that wandering over the expansive smooth rocks and gazing our over the endless expanse of water? Absolutely! Near the public parking lot you can see the William E. deGarthe Memorial Monument – a lasting monument to Nova Scotia fishermen carved on a 100 ft granite outcropping. Perhaps Jo Beale’s Art Gallery will be open. There are a few shops to peruse. Even if you avoid crowds (summer is busy at Peggy’s Cove) Peggy’s Cove is still a delight to visit – just walk a little further tune out the crowds and tune into your own experience of Peggy’s Cove.

A word of Caution: When clamoring over the rocks stay away from the brown/wet rocks. They’re often more slippery than they look.

If you’re returning to Halifax continue on Hwy 333. The views along the way are well worth the effort.

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