Where We Be
|Each twist and turn along the Lighthouse Route brings views of wharfs, dories, lobster boats,
fishing shacks, summer homes, marshes with kettle ponds, fall foliage, and sparkling water
|Here you can see the deeply cracked but oh-so-smooth granite near
the ocean -- with the lighthouse perched pretty as a picture above
|People come to Peggy's Cove for the lighthouse but stay for the setting: it's an amazing place to explore
|At the entrance to the site is Peggy's Cove itself, a charming little cove full of fishing shacks and lobster traps
|Robin took this pretty image with the lobster traps front-and-center
|Looking in the other direction, you can see the rest of the picturesque little fishing village
|I don't know, hon -- that boat doesn't look quite seaworthy
|We enjoyed catching glimpses of wildlife like this great blue heron during our meandering coastal drive
|The boardwalk area is chock-full of concession stands, gift shops, harbor tours, and historic sailing vessels
|The ferry ride across the bay lets you see Halifax from the water almost for free
|Many locals were out enjoying the sunny October weather just like we were
|Don't forget to order some poutine at one of the many concession stands --
french fries with cheese curds and gravy -- a Canadian specialty!
|The dramatic setting of Peggy's Cove sets it apart from the
dozens of other lighthouses along the Lighthouse Route
|Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
We drove a small but enjoyable portion of the
Lighthouse Route from Lunenburg to Peggy's
Cove. The route runs south all the way to
Yarmouth at Nova Scotia's southern tip, but
that might be too much of a good thing! You
can only take so much winding in and out of
remote bays and isolated peninsulas before
the lighthouses and fishing villages all begin to
blur together. It's terrific for an hour or two, but
you have to know when to say enough.
At Peggy’s Cove we finally found all the people.
Even in October this place is busy; we can only
imagine how crazy it must be in summer. That
said, the lighthouse is deservedly famous: it's
quite photogenic with its tall white base, bright
red top, and three narrow windows facing the
sea. But what really makes it special is its
setting amidst a jumble of huge boulders. Near
the ocean the jumble gives way to an almost
continuous, deeply cracked granite rock face
smoothed over eons by the pounding surf. You
can clamber all over these rocks, enjoy the
surf, and stare up at the lighthouse from below.
After visiting Peggy's Cove, we continued on to
the waterfront district of Halifax less than an
hour away. This part of the city is quite fun to
visit. The waterfront has a wooden boardwalk
that makes for pleasant strolling. It's touristy in
an agreeable way, with plenty of concession
stands and gift shops to visit. Historic sailing
vessels are there for you to admire, and there's
a near-constant buzz of activity to the place.
We strolled the boardwalk for awhile before
parking ourselves in some conveniently placed
Adirondack chairs to relax in the sunshine.
Overhearing that a ferry was about to pull in,
we spontaneously decided to hop aboard. For
$2.50 each we were able to head across to the
other side of the bay to Dartmouth. It was like
getting an almost-free boat ride of the harbor.
At the Dartmouth end we disembarked and
walked along a waterfront trail before catching
the return ferry (included in the price). Fun! Yet
another serendipitous little adventure, the kind
that has made this trip particularly enjoyable.
|Halifax's waterfront district makes for a pleasant outing