Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia Canada
It took me 50 yrs to visit this historical gem in my own backyard of Nova Scotia, Peggy’s Cove! Established in 1868 this small rural fishing community on the eastern shore of St Margaret’s Bay is still home to a few local lobster fishermen but tourism is the main draw now. Peggy’s Cove is just a short trip from downtown Halifax were tourists are able to explore the beautiful coast, climb over the smooth rocks and get a shot with the famous Peggy’s Point Lighthouse in the background. This beautiful landmark was once a thriving fishing community but tourism has overtaken the fishing industry and thus has been declared a preservation area so the big hotels or chains can’t find their way here. Able to spoil the feel of nature. There’s a few small B&B’s and a restaurant on the point but she still maintains it’s small town Nova Scotia charm with pastel seaside colors. The views are spectacular and coastal rock hounding is encouraged but heed the warning signs everywhere. Stay off the black rocks as many overzealous tourists have been swept into the rough sea by rogue waves over the years. Trying to get that perfect photo and it usually ends in tragedy I’m afraid. Besides it’s beauty Peggy’s Cove also landed in the news unfortunately on September 2nd, 1998 when Swiss Air 111 leaving NYC to Geneva, Switzerland was diverting to Halifax International Airport trying to make an emergency landing but crashed 8 kms off the shore of Peggy’s Cove and 229 souls lost their life. In true East Coast nature the local fishermen were the first to arrive on the scene, packing their fishing boats looking for survivors. It has been one of the worst tragedies in Canadian aviation history. A sad day for such a beautiful place. The Swiss Flight 111 Memorial is worth a visit on a trip to Peggy’s Cove. So remember “stay off the black rocks” and enjoy the power of the ocean and the beauty of Nova Scotia!