We had a long drive today visiting Peggy's Cove, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. Since I took a lot of photos, will write about Peggy's Cove in one entry and the other two in another entry. peggyscoveregion.com
|Sign at Lighhouse Walk|
|Visitor Center Sign|
|Peggy's Point Lighthouse|
|Village from Lighthouse|
|Memorial Plaque to Fishermen|
|Fisherman Memorial Sculpture|
|Church in Village|
|At the Lighhouse|
This is a drive well worth the day from Halifax via Hwy 333 turning north from Peggy's Cove to Hwy 103 west and then exit 10 through Mahone Bay and Lunenburg.
Peggy's Cove sits on St Margaret's Bay and Atlantic. A very quaint fishing village with local artisans and the infamous Peggy's Point Lighthouse. It is supposed to be the most photographed lighthouse in Canada.
If heading north, be sure and stop at the Swiss Air 111 memorial. A beautiful granite memorial to the victims overlooking the bay and Atlantic.
|View of Bay from Memorial|
|View of Lighthouse from Memorial|
To recap the tragedy, on September 2. 1998 Swiss Air flight 111 departed JFK at 10:18PM enroute to Geneva. This was also known as the UN shuttle and often carried UN officials and scientists. The plane crashed in the Atlantic SW of Halifax at the entrance to Margaret's Bay between the communites of Peggy's Cove and Bayswater. All 229 people were killed. After 4 years it was concluded that it was caused by flammable material used in the structure. Many of the passengers on board would have flown Air Canada, but the airline was on strike.
If you have time enroute to Lunenburg, which we didn't, take exit 6 off 103 and drive the Aspotogan Peninsula to Bayswater. This goes down the east coast of St Margaret's Bay and up the west coast of Mahone Bay.
We just have not allowed enough time in Nova Scotia for all we want to see. Could spend several weeks each in different areas such as Southern Coast,Eastern Coast, Bay of Fundy and Northcumberland Shore before going to Cape Breton and PEI. Another trip, another time.