Peggy's Cove Lighthouse// Nova Scotia, Canada

December 15, 2017

Happy Friday friends! Today I am so excited to continue to share more about my recent trip through New EnglandNew BrunswickPrince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia! As I mentioned on Wednesday, I was absolutely enchanted by Peggy's Cove! It was just a truly beautiful place. 
After we walked around Peggy's Cove we drove about a mile to the parking lot area by the lighthouse. The time of year that we went in (October) was absolutely perfect as it was easy to find parking and there were not a ton of people. It was just truly beautiful!
As a little bit of history, the first lighthouse at Peggy's Cove was built in 1868. At the time history records that every evening at sundown the Lighthouse keeper would light a kerosene oil lamp that would create a red beacon light that marked the Eastern Entrance to the bay. 
In 1914 that lighthouse was replaced by the current building which is an octagonal lighthouse. Unlike the wooden house that it replaced, this building was made of reinforced concrete. Although the new lighthouse replaced the one built in 1868 the former structure remained in tact and in use as the Lighthouse keepers dwelling until it was severely damaged by a hurricane in 1954. Due to the extensive damage it was eventually removed.
As a fun fact, the lighthouse used to actually contain a Canadian post office in the lower level that was in full operation in the summer months. It served as the village post office but also allowed visitors to send postcards and letters. On each of the letters and mail a special stamp mark in the shape of the lighthouse was used as the "cancellation" of postage. Unfortunately it was closed in 2009 due to mold growth. 
Like the rich and beautiful history, the natural surroundings and landscape were truly beautiful. 
It was a brief, but it was a wonderful visit and I would definitely recommend it! I would love to go back someday! If you are planning a similar trip and would like, you can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below:


Peggy's Cove: //  Peggy's Cove //  Peggy's Cove Lighthouse //  

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