Founded in 1811 with a population of 40, it now has 120 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. 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! It is located at a very convenient distance from Halifax, which makes it a great destination for a short road trip.
We are very proud of our local fishing village and hope that you will sample our world famous lobster while you are visiting us.
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 and be sure to stop for chowder and gingerbread at the Sou'Wester Restaurant.
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.
The following popular tours are self-guided and can be done while driving, biking, hiking or walking.