Saturday, September 26, 2009


Mike and me at Peggy's Cove. I can see why it is one of the most photographed places in Canada. This small picturesque fishing town has a population of only 120 around this small ocean inlet. We were lucky to have a sunny day and that there were few tourists around (a bus group had just left) so we were able to get photos without having people included.
The beautiful smooth granite rocks are remnants of the last ice age and well washed by the ocean. There is a plaque on the lighthouse that says "Warning - Injury and death have rewarded careless sight-seerers. The ocean and rocks are treacherous, savour the sea from a distance."
Although it is no longer in use as a lighthouse, it does house a post office in the summer months. According to legend, Peggy's Cove was named after the only survivor of a schooner that ran aground and sank in 1800, a woman named Margret and local folk called her Peggy.
Bruce, a local who takes photos with the lighthouse in the background, chatted with Lana and was so impressed with our cross-country trip, insisted on taking our photos for free and offered us gingerbread men cookies. He is holding the postcard pic of the 4 of us.
Bruce then took our photos with our cameras.
East coasters are such a friendly bunch!
Lana and I took tons of photos of the colourful fishing boats, weather-beaten boat houses and piers, and stacks of lobster traps.

The front boat is "Miss Peggy's Cove" and we stopped and talked to the owner of the boat. They catch lobster and mackeral. He said they do not have to go out overnight to fish as they catch both lobster and mackeral close to shore. The other fisherman on the pier said that his family had lived at Peggy's Cove for 5 generations.

Leaving Peggy's Cove, Barry pointed out this sculpture (thanks Barry, you know we never take enough photos!) that was carved into the granite on the side of a hill as a memorial "To the fishermen of Peggy's Cove who harvest our oceans". From L to R it depicts fisherman's family, Peggy of the Cove and fishermen at work.

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