|Photo of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia by KLindemer|
Nova Scotia is home to over 160 historic lighthouses, but no beacon is as photographed as the one in the fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. Peggy's Cove is a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality. It is 26 miles southwest of Downtown Halifax and comprises one of the numerous small fishing communities.
| Working fishing boats at Peggy's Cove|
Photo Credit:: KLindemer
There is another more romantic story that has more behind the name than because of its location. The second account of how Peggy’s Cove was named comes from a book "This is Peggy’s Cove," by local artist and sculptor William deGarthe. He writes about a Schooner that was shipwrecked on Halibut Rock, off the Lighthouse Point in a terrible storm of sleet and fog on a very dark October night in the 1800’s. He tells that the ship ran hard aground and with high waves washing her decks. Everyone on board was lost except for a young woman, who managed to survive the turbulent seas, swam ashore and was finally rescued by the people on shore.
Her name was Margaret. After the tragedy she stayed in the area and married one of the local men People from near-by places used to say, “Let’s go see Peggy of the Cove,” and before long they began to call the place Peggy’s Cove.
Statue of Fisherman of Peggy's Cove
I like both versions of the name. Having a son, I have to admit that I also thought that Samuel de Champlain naming the bay after his mother Marguerite was wonderful. What mother wouldn't! This is such a picturesque place with two romantic stories.
|rustic old boat|
|anchors for lobster traps|