Imagine a little fishing village in Nova Scotia, Canada. It’s home to 39 residents, living in houses all colors of the rainbow and having fishing supplies laid out along the docks and streets. This is Peggy’s Cove, home to Peggy’s Point lighthouse which is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the world. Trust me when you get here you won’t stop taking photos of this beautiful town. I will go cover my best tips on how to plan a day trip to Peggy’s Cove, whether it be solo or a group!
I know I’m painting the picture of a super quaint and quiet little town on the coast of St. Margaret’s Bay however for 8 months out of the year this town is packed with visitors and tour buses. My suggestions would be to visit between April-June or September-November to avoid massive crowds.
Ways to Visit Peggy’s Cove from Halifax:
The drive from Halifax to Peggy’s Cove is about 45 minutes – 1 hour
1. Rent a car in Halifax and take a day trip to Peggy’s Cove. You have the freedom to also explore other smaller fishing villages and towns near by.
2. Take the Gray Line Tour to Peggy’s Cove, it’s a 3.5-hour tour that starts at 1 pm and costs around $50. Keep in mind this tour only runs if a minimum of 8 people have bought the ticket.
3. Join a Peggy’s Cove tour that will last for half a day. Also, it gives you more time to explore and usually there are a couple other stops along the way. Most only run in the summer months.
4. I am a solo traveler and photographer and I joined a photography tour with Picture Perfect Tours. It was a an amazing tour and we got to Peggy’s Cove at 7am and were the only ones there for about an hour which was perfect! This tour lasted about 4 hours and the owner was the one who took us around the best photo spots and taught us the history of the town. In order for the tour to run there need to be 3 people enrolled or you can schedule a private tour with the owner. *Not Sponsored, genuinely loved my experience and the photos below are some of the ones I took on my tour and you can see more here!
There aren’t many food options in this little town, aside from a couple restaurants that will serve seafood. If you have any dietary restrictions bring your own food if you plan on staying more than a few hours.
Bring layers, even in the summer months. The weather tends to change quick and it can be chilly by the water.
I suggest hiking on the Polly Cove hiking trail to see a different view of Peggy’s Cove. Our guide brought us here after visiting the light house and it was beautiful. There’s a few parking spots on the side of road where the hike starts so it can be easy miss!
An important rule to be aware of is when you are on the rocks surrounding the lighthouse, be sure not to step onto the black rocks because they are slippery, and you will possibly be swept into the ocean by a wave. Many people have died because they weren’t careful and there are signs around the cove to beware of the unsuspecting waves.
The East Coast of Canada is a very special place and often over looked but I assure you there are so many pretty gems to be discovered! This town is the perfect destination for a summer vacation and super affordable! Can’t wait to uncover more of Nova Scotia!