When I came to work in Nova Scotia, I kept hearing about Peggy’s Cove. To the uninitiated, it may be the single most popular tourist attraction in Nova Scotia. There are a number of reasons for this. First, it has an almost iconic lighthouse on exposed rocks. Second, there are often spectacular waves breaking on the shore. Third, there is a picture book fishing village with a population of about 40 people. Fourth, it is easily accessible to the tourists in Halifax, especially the tourists off the cruise ships. And last but not least, it is in one of the few areas in Nova Scotia with barrenlands.
The first time I visited the site, it was somewhat of a let-down. My overall impression was of a typical outport in Newfoundland, with slightly different architecture, and with a typical (albeit unusually well-kept) lighthouse. The rocky terrain was nice, but not that unusual for home, and I’ve seen waves as good or better at Cape Spear. Finally, the barrens were very typical of home.
Strangely, I kept coming back, and the area grew on me, almost without my noticing. It is a good place for waves and looking at the ocean, and in the off season there aren’t too many tourists. There are still real fishermen in the village, along with the nick-knack shops. And the rugged coastline has a certain grandeur.
I finally realised that the reason I like it now is the same reason that made it a bit of a let-down to me initially. It reminds me of of home, and makes me appreciate home more and more. In fact, if I stay here much longer I’ll probably end up loving the place!
Here are some pictures from a walk through the barrens and then to the village, from a little while ago. Add some steep hills and a few moose and pitcher plants, and it would be Newfoundland.
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