Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
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  • Dynamicjohn
    Tampa, Florida337 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very windy
    Did a cruise excursion to Peggy's Cove. It's a neat little area with about 35 residents. The views and the lighthouse are must sees. If you get there and have limited time get your food first then take your pictures. Make sure you have an extra sweater because it can get windy
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 31, 2023
  • LovemyAcura🌵
    16,275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely setting!
    The weather and the number of visitors can be a tremendous influence as to how you perceive this location. The first time we made a visit here was several years ago and it was raining heavily with strong winds. In May we paid a second visit (while on a cruise) and it was sunny, beautiful, with comfortable temperatures. There were only two tourist buses while we were there (counting outs). The lighthouse is a photo op but no real visit inside can be made. The landscapes around the lighthouse are the real attraction. This time we had a memorable visit walking around the paths and enjoying the ambience of the fishing village. Do not miss the Fishermen's Monument. Fitting tribute!
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • MrsLisa1965
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Views
    Beautiful day trip if you’re anywhere in the area and in the mood for exploring. I don’t love heights and was a bit intimidated by the rocks to climb up to the lighthouse but found it easy to traverse once I got underway. The views are well worth the effort it takes to get up there. If you can’t manage the rocks, the little village itself is colorful and beautiful. You’ll find several little stores selling local wares that dot the road along the way to the lighthouse and there are plenty of options for food.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Wendy L
    Niagara Falls, Canada13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    Loved the whole place. The view is awesome. The walkways they put in make it very accessible. The little town is so quaint and great to walk around. The restaurant was very good, had the breakfast, reasonable as well. The gift shop is well stocked and great prices. Went back the next week because we loved it so muc.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2023
  • norme-ormond
    Ormond Beach, Florida2,237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stop if you are on a once in a lifetime visit to the Canadian Maritimes
    First time in this area and on a Tauck tour that our bus made a stop here. It let us off close to the lighthouse and then we walked down past the parking area to board it. Great coastal scenery and perfect for photo shoots. This was on Saturday, June 17 and it seemed to be very busy with tourists and the parking lot was full when we walked back to the bus. We have a walking disability and did not walk out on the rocks, but you can if you want to
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • pete m
    Moncton, Canada305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Soak in the History
    As Canadian as it gets. You get drawn in by the atmosphere of this famous ans quaint fishing village the moment you step out of the vehicle. We got the compulsary fog. As you walk up the fog just added to the erriness of hearing the bagpipes being played out on the outcrop of rocks. I rarely give a 5 start rating for anything, but just the facts that their are still 35 hearty souls that call this piece of heaven, home cinched it for me.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • PavlaPavla
    Chrudim, Czech Republic6,879 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic lighthouse
    Peggy's Cove Lighthouse is probably the most photographed lighthouse in Canada. It is not special in itself, but the coast on which is located is interesting. You can walk up to it and touch it. It is an active lighthouse, so you can't go in. Till 2009 there was a post office in the lower level where visitors could send postcards (each piece of mail received a special cancellation mark in the shape of the lighthouse). Unfortunately it has been closed in 2009 so you can't use this post office for sending postcards anymore.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Susan P
    Putnam, Connecticut942 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Quintessential Lighthouse Lives up to Expectations
    This picturesque lighthouse lives up to its reputation. It was well worth detouring on our way to Halifax, even though it added an hour to our route. I was especially pleased that there is a viewing platform which is handicap accessible. I think those who are instrumental in getting this done. And the village itself is small and quaint with a few businesses. Near the lighthouse, there is a massive parking lot, including bus parking the visitor center is quite large with restrooms and of course, a gift shop. For those who like to walk among the rocks and gaze into the ocean, this is the place to be. There are warning signs as death has occurred on the rocks leading to the lighthouse. We were blessed to be there on a picture perfect sunny day and took numerous photos. People seemed so happy to be there and took photos of others. Be aware that this is a very popular place and it is likely others will stray into your photos.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Rebecca L
    Atlanta, Georgia1,543 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Scenery
    I'm so glad we made the trip to see Peggy's Cove Lighthouse. It was worth it and it exceeded my expectations. We went on a weekday in early June so we didn't have any crowds. If you're in the Halifax area, I highly recommend visiting Peggy's Cove.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 4, 2023
  • 363cymru123
    Cardiff, United Kingdom123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very scenic place, not to be missed
    We were on a day tour and spent four hours at Peggy's Cove itself. A lot of tours only give the guests one hour here but that really isn't enough time to explore the little village and small harbour area. The weather was amazing and the lighthouse looked stunning against the deep blue sky. Security are about on the rocks near the lighthouse as some people get too close to the edges of the rocks near the sea which is unsafe for them, there are signs up warning people of the dangers but we could hear the security blowing a whistle a lot to warn them to come away from the edge. The rocks do get very slippery in the wet weather too and it is very windy on times so wear layers. There are a few little local shops selling craft gifts and a few small cafe's and a larger main cafe with connecting gift shop. Restrooms are available within this larger gift shop/cafe as well as in another block opposite and another block down by the harbour. We tried the lobster rolls and ice creams here, they were very tasty.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
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traveldan21
Culver City, CA777 contributions
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Jul 2022
We had seen several lighthouses in Nova Scotia by the time we got to the Halifax area so I admit I wasn't that excited about driving out to see another one--even though the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove is supposed to be the most photographed one in N.S. I had heard that due to lots of tour buses unloading tourists there, it is typically a very crowded scene and it was recommended to get there early before the tours began. But my smart wife had the great idea to instead drive out after dinner to see the scene during sunset. (Sunset during summer was after 9 pm; you will want to confirm the time if you try this.)

When we arrived, there were several cars in the closest parking lot to the lighthouse, but still easy to grab a good spot. And although there were dozens of people milling around, the area is broad enough that the people do not overwhelm the scene for photos. As you can see, we were able to get many outstanding photos using only an iPhone camera.

The lighthouse at Peggys is different than the other ones we had seen in N.S. The setting is very rocky and adds a lot of character. You will likely want to get right up to the lighthouse to see how tall it is and its setting near the waves. But to get the best photos, at least at sunset, you will want to walk away from the lighthouse toward the rocky expanse between the parking lot and the ocean. That area is largely flat, which enables you to have a good stance for picture and video taking. Also, as you can see from a couple of my photos, you may be able to find some rainwater in indentations in the rock that allow you to capture beautiful reflections of the sky's colors as and after the sun goes down.

Now i get why Peggy's lighthouse is the most photographed. If weather cooperates and you are able to get there around sunset, you will, too.
Written July 16, 2022
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Laurence_Brussels
Montreal, Canada432 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Impressive place but to enjoy it fully, you need to walk on rocks so wear good shoes (saw somebody falling, it looked painful). Quite crowded in the middle of the afternoon though so try to go early in the morning. Also, if visiting this in the pm, would recommend using the 1st parking area and not the closest to the lighthouse, which is crammed.
Written September 5, 2021
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iCandy0000001
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse is special because of what it represents as well as the unique geology in the region. Although it is, perhaps, the most photographed lighthouse in the world, you really have to come to Peggy's Cove to see how special it is.

It is very busy in the afternoon especially in the summer. If there is anyway to arrive at sunrise or sunset it would be best. There is lodging at the Breakwater Inn just down the street but you have to reserve well in advance.
Written January 19, 2020
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NormLWat
Waterloo, Canada843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
You have seen it many times however, seeing it in person cannot be topped. The slate stone, the crashing waves, every moment there is a different picture to capture. A popular stop, go earlier in the day if possible as it does get quite busy.
Written April 12, 2020
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,687 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Always been a great place to visit over the years. They have added many walkways and features to add safety to the public who see to still want to get as close to the edge of the rocks as possible. We were there relatively early in the morning in early May. Not a lot of tourists yet. Saw 4 lobster boats out hauling up their traps as they went back and forth along the coast. it still has the look and feel of a small fishing village.
Written May 17, 2022
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AH88888
Boston, MA93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Beautiful lighthouse on the rocks. Fantastic photo ops. Go before 9 AM or after 5 PM to avoid the crowds and be able to find parking in the parking lot nearby. Avoid the black slippery moss covered rocks and avoid going to the edge due to rogue waves. A costumed man plays bagpipes and a long white alphorn during the daytime. Restrooms in gift shop.
Written August 21, 2022
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Alison S
Springfield, MA1,011 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Hopefully you can visit on a day without tour busses! Even so, you will have a lot of company. During COVID the site was renovated with large crowds in mind - observation platform, etc. Attractive and well done. The light is small, but beautifully situated on a massive granite outcropping. To my mind, the little fishing cove adjacent is more picturesque and charming. I feel the spot is overrated - many less crowded and more beautiful places in Nova Scotia. But well worth a visit. The drive down from the highway is really nice.
Written September 23, 2022
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Jean
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
23/11/20
I am from Halifax. We left after we were married. After moving around for years,, I took my 4 kids home to visit family. I agreed to visit Peggy's Cove. My husband was in the Navy and when I say we moved a lot, I could fill this page so my kids were not strangers at sightseeing. I thought my brother would help with the kids but NO, he did his own thing. They were ALL over the rocks and I couldn't stop them. I guess I have a good heart, it's lasted all this time lol still ticking and kids still driving me nuts.
If i had a nickle for everyone I met that asked me about Peggy's Cove, I'd be rich! that must be the reason I went. Didn't work. All the kids are settled down with their own families - haven't heard about a family trip to Peggy's Cove LOL I can't remember when we were - maybe the '90's - I'm 79 now. I guess the moral of the story is if 4 kids at Peggy's Cove doesn't kill you, you just have to wait your turn LOL

The kids just loved it! wanted to go back the next day HA. I finally had to go and sit in the car. Finally it was lunch time.

I wonder what the attraction is here? Death defying? It does have it's rugged beauty. I never wanted to go back but my daughter and I were driving to get the Yarmouth Ferry so stopped for lunch. She liked being there (oh my heart lol).
Written November 23, 2020
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363cymru123
Cardiff, UK123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We were on a day tour and spent four hours at Peggy's Cove itself. A lot of tours only give the guests one hour here but that really isn't enough time to explore the little village and small harbour area. The weather was amazing and the lighthouse looked stunning against the deep blue sky. Security are about on the rocks near the lighthouse as some people get too close to the edges of the rocks near the sea which is unsafe for them, there are signs up warning people of the dangers but we could hear the security blowing a whistle a lot to warn them to come away from the edge. The rocks do get very slippery in the wet weather too and it is very windy on times so wear layers.
There are a few little local shops selling craft gifts and a few small cafe's and a larger main cafe with connecting gift shop. Restrooms are available within this larger gift shop/cafe as well as in another block opposite and another block down by the harbour.
We tried the lobster rolls and ice creams here, they were very tasty.
Written August 6, 2023
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Zacatti
Gloucester147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
You can’t come to NS without making a trip to the great Peggy’s Cove. Spectacular view and experience. Hit up the Sou’Wester for a meal or drink afterwards. Their gift shop is great and the locally artisan shops provide you an opportunity to purchase local artwork to take home to remember your experience long after your trip is complete.
Written November 6, 2022
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