The Story of Peggy of the Cove


Peggy’s Cove is a wonderful place to visit and one of the top attractions in Nova Scotia. The quaint fishing village, majestic lighthouse and rocky, wave sculpted granite rocks, are a photographer’s dream and fun for children to play on. We have visited many times and yet did not really feel like we knew much about the history of Peggy’s Cove until this weekend, when we visited the Peggy of the Cove Museum.

The museum is located in an old house just before Peggy’s Cove and is painted from top to bottom with a beautiful mural by Ivan Fraser. Fraser is the caretaker of the museum and of the Peggy of the Cove legend. The museum is located in Ivan’s childhood home and is full of paintings from local artists and antiques.

Ivan is a vivacious character and full of love for Peggy of the Cove, and the town itself! As soon as we stepped out of the car he came over to introduce himself and wrangle my children into the scenery for photographs. The grounds of the museum have a playground, a giant lobster trap, a painted rainbow tree, and other fun photographic props! The cutest is a giant anchor made of Styrofoam, which children can lift above their heads.

Inside the museum, Ivan showed us what inspired him to write the books, about Peggy of the Cove. At the tail end of Hurricane Josephine in 1996, Ivan took a photograph of a wave splashing up on the rocks at Peggy’s Cove. In the wave was the silhouette of a woman. This photograph inspired Ivan to paint a painting called the Rescue of Peggy and write the story of her rescue.

Ivan has since written three novels, a children’s book and a song about Peggy of the Cove. His wife has designed dolls for the main characters in the book, which are adorable. There are tributes to Peggy all over the museum, such as her cape and bedroom. Ivan masterfully mixes his own stories of his childhood in Peggy’s Cove with the stories of Peggy and how she came to be in Peggy’s Cove after a schooner shipwrecked on the rocks. Ivan made the visit very fun for our children and very interested for us! The Peggy of the Cove Museum is a must stop on your trip to Peggy’s Cove.