How to Spend a Day in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse | © Shawn M. Kent/WikiCommons
Peggy's Cove Lighthouse | © Shawn M. Kent/WikiCommons

Peggy’s Cove is a beloved destination for both tourists and locals, and no trip to Nova Scotia is complete without a visit. With its windswept shores and crashing ocean waves, this small rural fishing village has the quintessential Maritime feel, and we’ve put together a list of the best things to check out to make the most of your day trip.


Take Photos of the Lighthouse

Nova Scotia’s most famous lighthouse sits on the Peggy’s Cove rocks, and it’s the perfect spot for a photo! Up until recently, it was a functioning post office, but today it’s not open to visitors.

Walk the Rocks

Walking along the massive seaside rocks is arguably the main draw. The massive granite boulders have been worn smooth by the ocean, and visitors love to walk along the rocks, or simply sit down and take in the ocean views. Just be careful not to get too close to the water’s edge! It’s very dangerous, and a number of people have died by going too close to the ocean.

Explore the Village

The village of Peggy’s Cove is a perfect example of a Maritime fishing village, and visitors love to wander along the boardwalk and soak in the East Coast charm. The backdrop of the ocean, fishing boats, and lobster traps make for awesome photo ops.

Peggys Cove Dennis Jarvis Flickr

Peggy’s Cove | © Dennis Jarvis/Flickr

Shop for Souvenirs

Given that this is one of the province’s most popular tourist destinations, it’s not surprising that you’ll find a number of souvenir shops in town. Shop for pewter, postcards, stained glass, and more.

Hags on the Hill Peggys Cove Ron Cogswell Flickr

Hags on the Hill Souvenir Shop | © Ron Cogswell/Flickr

Take a Boat Tour

If you really want to experience the ocean up close and personal, take a tour with the Peggy’s Cove Boat Tours company. They offer a number of fun tours, including the Sunset Cruise, Puffin and Seal Watching, and Lobster Dinner Cruise.

Visit the Swissair Flight 111 Memorial

In 1998, a tragic plane crash off the shore of Peggy’s Cove claimed the lives of 229 men, women, and children. In memory of this terrible event, two memorial sites have been erected outside of the village. The first is located about a kilometer from Peggy’s Cove, in Whalesback, and the second is located across the bay in Bayswater.

Swissair Memorial Aconcagua WikiCommons

Swissair Flight 111 Memorial | © Aconcagua/WikiCommons

Enjoy a Meal

A trip to a Nova Scotian fishing village isn’t complete without a good seafood dinner. The Sou’wester is the only restaurant in the village, but there are a number of great options nearby. For a classic, no-frills lobster dinner, head to Ryer Lobster, and for a slightly more upscale experience, enjoy the delicious menu at Rhubarb.