Peggy's Cove Village
The village was formally founded in 1811 when the Province of Nova Scotia issued a land grant of more than 800 acres to six families of German descent. The settlers relied on fishing as the mainstay of their economy but also farmed where the soil was fertile. They used surrounding lands to pasture cattle. In the early 1900s the population peaked at about 300. The community supported a schoolhouse, church, general store, lobster cannery and boats of all sizes that were nestled in the Cove. The Village now has 30 people who are lucky enough to live in Peggy's Cove — a picturesque fishing village located a short drive from downtown Halifax — while the thousands of people who visit the hamlet each year can only dream of settling in this location.
Legend claims Peggy's Cove was named after a young child, the survivor of a shipwreck. She became known as "Peggy of the Cove." Author, Ivan Fraser is writing her story. His childhood home is a museum and interpretive centre honouring Peggy.
The area is so rich in both natural beauty and cultural heritage that it has become the most identifiable destination in Atlantic Canada. Thousands of tourists flock to the village to admire its unique landscape and take a picture of the lighthouse, making it one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world!
The Peggy's Cove area of our region follows along Route 333 from West Dover and includes the villages of Peggy's Cove, Indian Harbour, Hackett's Cove and Glen Margaret. The historic lighthouse and stunning scenery in this area are the main attractions but there is enough to do here to entertain you for two or three days.
Spend a day walking and shopping in Peggy's Cove Village. This is a working fishing village with all that accompanies that activity. Fishermen come and go, lobster traps and fish nets decorate the wharves and roadside, and fishing boats come and go from the local wharf. Learn the geology and history of the Village as told on story boards scattered throughout the area. Shop for souvenirs at the gift shops, enjoy an espresso and cookie on the deck at Beales while taking in the view of the cove.
Go hiking in the thousand acre Peggy's Cove Preservation Area. Glaciers shaped the land thousands of years ago, ancient boulders, some weighing many tons, are scattered along the coast. For those who love and respect the earth, and who wish to experience the connection between themselves and the "Oneness of all Things", a quiet visit to this area is a must. This area is very delicate and we ask that you stay on the paths already created by the many people who have explored the area. Locals can direct you to the best spots to enjoy the area.