Just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Peggy’s Cove is one of most popular places in Atlantic Canada. Set on rocky shores, the famous lighthouse and village at Peggy’s Cove are a photographer’s paradise. Despite its popularity this tiny fishing village has been able keep the same relaxed atmosphere that has made it famous. Peggy’s Cove is certainly one of Canada’s gems.
One of the most photographed sites in the world, the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse was erected to light and mark the eastern entrance to St. Margaret’s Bay in 1868. While best known as “the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse”, it was and remains, officially know as the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse as its purpose is to mark the point, not the cove. The cove itself has its own small light on the government wharf. The first lighthouse was a a wooden tower, built atop a keeper’s dwelling at the point. It was a red light and used a catoptric reflector (a round silver-plated mirror) to magnify the kerosene oil lamp.
This structure was replaced by the present tower in 1915, a pleasing and stout concrete octagon 50 feet west of the original light. The keeper’s dwelling remained for many years nearby as did a tall flagpole displaying coded black cones and balls to warn of bad weather approaching.