Nova Scotia: Why You Should Visit Peggy’s Cove Now

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Destinations, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 14 comments

Welcome to week 244 of Travel Photo Thursday.  The week here has been nothing short of intense. Settling into a new job that involves getting to know over a hundred personalities is no easy task. Enough of that!We’re heading to Nova Scotia this week, at least virtually, and specifically, to the iconic Peggy’s Cove.

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Whether you’re standing on the rocks at Peggy’s breathing in the distinctive smell of the North Atlantic, or admiring the quaint village harbor lined with pretty as a picture fishing boats, time will stand still, at least for a few moments. Sadly there is a dark side to Peggy’s Cove. Every year there are deaths or close calls as visitors get swept off the rocks into the frigid waters. Many people pay little heed to the warning signs, and don’t understand the meaning of rogue waves. One of the latest tragedies has the government rethinking how to keep visitors safe. I’m sceptical that this will happen immediately, but there is talk of erecting fences to keep visitors out of harms way. I cannot imagine a barricaded Peggy’s Cove, and here’s hoping that the government will find more innovative and visually appealing ways to protect those who want to experience the beauty and inspiration she has to offer.

These views should never have to compete with a fence.


Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Peggy's Cove  

Peggy's Cove Dory


Peggy's Cove Village


Hard to imagine artists having to compete with fences. More of Peggy’s artists.


Nova Scotia Artist --Peggy's Cover Artist's Festival 2013



Peggy's Cove Artists Festival 2013


The inlet at Peggy’s Cove Village…The calm waters ‘trick’ visitors into thinking that all is safe. However, rogue waves are tricky beasts, and there is no warning. Here one second, gone the next, comes to mind.


Inlet at Peggy's Cove


I wonder what artist Andrew deGarthe would have to say about barricades at Peggys. Famous for carving the granite memorial honouring Nova Scotia fisherman, he’s probably rolling over in his grave at the mere mention.


DeGarthe's Monument at Peggy's Cove


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  Have you ever visited Peggy’s Cove? What do you think of the fence/barricade idea?  

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  1. There is nothing I like more than watching an artist paint and you captured this one so well. Loved all the scenes of Peggy’s Cove. Good luck as you continue adjusting to your new adventure!

    • Hi Jackie. Thanks, and it is an adventure. That artist festival was so much fun. It’s interesting to get up close and personal with people who are passionate about their art, plus make a living from it.

  2. Lovely images and thank you for the link up! About the fences, sincerely I disagree to make distance of the nature and people. And there is possibility that the fences development could ruin the nature itself – well it depends on how they implement it of course..

    • Hi Indah. Welcome to Travel Photo Thursday.

  3. What a beautiful area! I really hope nothing is changed in the landscape. I understand it is necessary to keep people save but people should also take precautions in areas like this. I felt in love with Canada since the first time I visited. I hope I can return soon.

  4. There is no sense erecting fences – people would probably climb them and get washed away!
    Our society has to man up and take responsibility for their own safety. If there is a warning sign that is sufficient. Maybe we should start a #nofenceforpeggy hash tag lol.

  5. How beautiful is Peggy’s Cove. It would be such a lovely environment to paint with all of the colours. Rogue waves and tricky tides can be very dangerous, we know this as Australia is renowned for this

  6. Beautiful photos of Peggy’s Cove, Nancie! If they only put the fences at the most dangerous points, i.e. the places where people are most tempted to take risks, it might not ruin the views too much. I’m constantly astonished, when I travel, at people’s inability to obey simple signage!

  7. A few weeks ago, I read about a Twitter account called @moronsofthecove that has pictures of people standing on the black rocks near the waters edge of Peggy’s Cove. I wonder if that will be a more effective method (and less visually invasive) way of raising public awareness. Your pictures of the cove are so beautiful and calm that I suppose I can understand why some people ignore the warning signs. Are those lobster traps around the artist? I’ve never been up to that part of Canada, but I’ve been wanting to visit. Good luck on the new job!

  8. Oh so beautiful! I have friends who did their dream trip of Nova Scotia a few years ago upon retiring and said it was all they had dreamed of.

  9. I love Peggy’s Cove. It is such a gorgeous spot. Your photos are stunning, too!

  10. What a magical place in Nova Scotia. I have always wanted to go there. Maybe one day! Now if that was in Australia there would be fencing, barricading and multiple signs littering the place with warnings. Australia is very much a Nanny State (which is sometimes one of the most annoying things that I dislike about our country!) It really would be a shame to fence off such beauty.

  11. Peggy’s Cove looks such a pretty spot in Nova Scotia, and I can see why artist’s find it so appealing. What a shame there are plans afoot to fence it off.

  12. NO! Fences would be terrible! I can’t even imagin it. (Lovely pictures. It’s been too long since I’ve been there.)


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