The popular legend of Peggy's Cove claims that the name came from the sole survivor of a shipwreck at Halibut Rock near the cove. The story goes that she was a little girl too young to remember her name and the family who adopted her called her Peggy. The young shipwreck survivor married a resident of the cove in 1800 and became known as "Peggy of the Cove" attracting visitors from around the bay who eventually named the village, Peggy's Cove, after her nickname.
Peggy's Cove is a small fishing village with the population of approximately 120. There is undeveloped land 2 miles on each side of the village. This land was left behind thousands of years ago as the glaciers receded. Any more development is prohibited in this area.
Just as you enter the village of Peggy's Cove there is a carved stone mural done by William DeGarthe that is a Monument to the Fishermen of Nova Scotia. He sculpted this 100 foot granite face of rock which he named Fisherman's Monument and which he dedicated to Nova Scotia fishermen. The sculpture is of the thirty-two fishermen and their wives and children enveloped by the wings of a guardian angel. It is located behind his former home in Peggy's Cove. When he and his wife passed away, their ashes were entombed in this rock.
We saw the much photographed 50 foot lighthouse built in 1914. We were there on a rainy day but the rain stopped and the sun tried to shine so we took the opportunity to walk out on those granite rocks and watch the powerful surf beat against them.
We did some shopping while we were there and had lunch, and went back for dinner, at the Sou'Wester Restaurant.
All the land in this area is very barren with not much soil and these huge, gigantic rocks laying all over and on top of each other. We were told these are called Eratic Rocks and over 20,000 years ago, an ice ridge moved south from Canada’s Arctic region covering much of North America. The ice glaciers eventually melted, flowed back to the ocean leaving these large boulders composed of 415-million-year-old granite. These glacial eratics were lifted by the ice and carried for long distances before being deposited upon the landscape as the ice receded. The movement of the glacial ice and rocks left scaring marks in the bedrock. These rocks and the way they were positioned by nature is really quite amazing.
We stopped at the memorial to the Swissair 111 that crashed 7 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean in 200 feet of water off the shore of Peggy's Cove in September 1998. The noise from the crash shook homes, waking the residents along the shore. Dozens of fishermen from the area headed out to rescue any survivors. All 229 passengers were killed. This catastrophic event was studied and changed the flight safety regulations for airlines around the world.