Standing watch over the rocky coast of Halifax’s Peggy’s Point is a small lighthouse built in 1915. The lighthouse, modest in comparison to other in the region, grows more famous yearly as tourists flock to Peggy’s Cove, make their way out to the point and post pictures in front of this iconic backdrop. Interestingly, the lighthouse doubled as the post office for many years, which seems impractical if only because the lighthouse is set out on the point, where something closer to the cove would seem more efficient.
To me the cove is the real star, as houses and boathouses crowd right up to the edge of the water. This is convenient when you make your living on the sea and walking from your house. These houses are charming and make for a great Instagram post. Nova Scotia restricts building in this area, and restricts purchasing property here to the locals. I guess that means I can’t move there. Tourism and fishing are the two primary industries here, so perhaps simply visiting is enough.
Peggy’s Cove is named for Saint Margaret’s Bay, of which it’s a part of. The point is dangerous for ships and the lighthouse does its job alerting ships to the dangers. Unfortunately the tourists don’t always get the message. Signs alert people to stay off the black rocks. Black rocks mean water. Many tourists to the region are swept off the rocks to their deaths. Paying the ultimate price for a chance for the perfect picture.
While its beautiful, it’s also a madhouse in the summer months when the cruise ships and other tourists flock to the area. Frankly I’d rather visit in the offseason when you can have a little elbow room.