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July 08, 2016

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

One of the most iconic places in Nova Scotia, Canada - Peggy's Cove and it's beautiful lighthouse, which is officially known as Peggy's Point Lighthouse. The entire region, which is about 50 minutes from downtown Halifax (capital of NS), represents what so much of the Province was built on - small towns, strong communities, the ocean and making the best of the rugged environment.
Peggy's Point Lighthouse
This excursion was in late December but the snow had held off and allowed us to still walk the infamous rocks surrounding the lighthouse. These granite rocks and the ocean waters of the area are notoriously powerful but also beautiful. Unfortunately, there have been tragic accidents here over the years, so admire from a safe distance - be your own judge but never underestimate the power of Mother Nature.

The area and Peggy's Cove specifically, is filled with fishing vessels, nets, traps and sea birds. It is a beautiful thing to be able to leave behind the concrete jungle and in under an hour be back to the heritage of Nova Scotia and its Southern Shore. Be sure to park the car and explore the town by foot for the best experience and some great vantage points.

Depending on the weather, Peggy's Cove, including the drive, can easily be a full day of adventure and fun. Be sure to check ahead as the area can be very foggy and windy at times - not so fun. There are also some great local restaurants and shops to duck into so don't let any potential bad weather get in the way of seeing this great little area.
The lighthouse itself was built in 1915 and was operated by the Canadian Coast Guard until deemed to be surplus in 2010. For more history of the lighthouse and area click here.
It is widely known to be the most famous lighthouse of the over 160 historic ones that line Nova Scotia coastlines but it also thought to be one of the most famous worldwide!
I definitely recommend this day trip to anyone in Nova Scotia, especially if you find yourself in Halifax with a few hours to explore! Happy adventuring folks.

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