Activity: Visiting Peggy’s Cove, Halifax


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Region Visit: Visiting Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

As I got back to the hotel from the Halifax day tour, it was only 3 PM. Unusually, I didn’t have any set schedules, meetings or traveling partners today so I was completely on my own schedule. Since it was such a beautiful day, I decided that I would take the drive up to Peggy’s Cove to visit the other attraction I had on my list for this visit.

Peggy’s Cove was essentially “ground zero” for the recovery efforts into the air crash of Swiss Air 111 on September 2, 1998. The fated flight crashed approximately 8 miles off shore in the harbor in between Peggy’s Code and Bayswater in St Margaret’s Bay of the above photograph while it was attempting to land at the Halifax airport. The crash was blamed, in part, on a faulty in flight entertainment system wiring, which may have caught fire and caused a burn up of the electronics and in flight controls used to fly the aircraft. Many of the town residents initially used their boats to assist with the recovery .

Driving out to Peggy’s Cove:

It was a beautiful drive up to Peggy’s Cover from Halifax through many smaller communities.

I eventually arrived to Peggy’s Cove, population 30 persons (rising to a full 35 persons in summer per Wikipedia). Peggy’s Cove is the quintessential Canadian fishing village and is one of many fishing villages around St Margaret’s Bay.

One of the most famous features of Peggy’s Cove is the lighthouse. The lighthouse has been on site since 1868, although the current version has been here since 1915. It makes for some iconic Canadian photography.

Sunset at Peggy’s Cove:

I ended up sticking around for sunset and got some nice photos, despite it bring quite cold on shore at about -2 degrees with a little bit for wind chill on top of that. I facetimed’ my wife who was on the west coast (4 time zones over) from the site in order to share the sunset view but it was so cold my iPhone promptly died. Nevertheless, I was still able to capture some beautiful cool sunset views as the sun set for the day. There were a lot of other sunset goers out here tonight as well.

Local Dinner at Five Fisherman:

After sunset, I drove back to the city in the dark. I warmed up at the hotel and went out to Five Fisherman restaurant for dinner. I figured that I may as well sample some seafood while I was in town, given the Maritime’s focus on fish.

I ended up with the “Five Fish” dinner, featuring scallop, shrimp, salmon, halibut and lobster over a green pea lobster risotto. It was a really neat meal well that was totally filling.

The next morning, I took in Pier 21, the immigration museum. It was well done, although there were not many photo worthy photographs of the visit.

A re-cap of the visit to Peggy’s Cove:

Peggy’s Cove is worth the effort to visit if you ever find yourself out in Halifax. It’s very picturesque and my only additional move would be to bring a thick winter jacket.


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