Peggy’s Cove is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and locals alike in the Halifax region. Its classic red-and-white lighthouse marks the eastern entrance of St. Margaret’s Bay. Built in 1915, the lighthouse is officially known as the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse and today is still operated by the Canadian Coast Guard.
Peggy’s Cove is located about 40 km southwest of downtown Halifax, about an hour’s drive on Highway 333 or Highway 103. Although, only a short distance from downtown Halifax, many people don’t think of Peggy’s Cove as a winter destination, but there are plenty of reasons to consider a visit the beautiful seaside community on a winters day.
Here are my top five reasons for visiting Peggy’s Cove in the winter and early spring:
- Fewer crowds – Like any popular tourist destination, you’re bound to run into crowds during the summer months, which is why Peggy’s Cove is great in the winter. You can still enjoy its beauty, but with very few people in attendance.
- It’s a photographer’s paradise – Peggy’s Cove and her lighthouse have become iconic Canadian images, one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada and maybe the world. With fewer crowds, photographers are able to get serene shots from a snow covered perspective – capturing a very different image than those traditionally taken during the high tourist season.
- Warm up with a cup of seafood chowder – The Sou’Wester Restaurant and Gift Shop opened in 1967 as a small five table tearoom at the side of a house at its present location and today has grown to cater thousands of visitors and locals annually. The restaurant and gift shop are open year round, although they recently reopened after being closed for a month of renovations.Stop in and warm up with a cup of seafood chowder or the soup of the day, or if you’re looking for a sweeter treat, their apple crumble is my favourite.
- Watching the waves roll in – Spending the day watching the waves and exploring around the rocks is always one of my favourite things to do at Peggy’s Cove. Though it’s important for visitors to exercise extreme caution at all times, especially in the winter as the surging sea waves are never too far away and often unpredictable.Also, remember to stay off the black rocks and ice patches – safety first!
- It’s lobster season – Lobster season kicked off November 30, 2015 and continues until the end of May, giving you the perfect reason to stop into Ryer Lobsters, it’s a must stop shop! With its simple blue and white sign, you’ll find Ryer Lobsters a short distance from Peggy’s Cove, open year round. Grab a cooked or live lobster to-go and indulge in some of the freshest lobster you may ever have!
Photo 1 and 3: Taken by Catherine Rose Photography