Have you ever imagined yourself ambling along cool misty beaches, listening to the sound of gentle waves lapping against the rocky shores? In the distance, you can hear the sound of a fog horn and all as the drops of water settle on your skin like a sugar coating... it's amazing! And ... it's all very real in a picturesque and quaint little town called Peggy's Cove.

Exploring Peggy's Cove along the Nova Scotian coastline

There is one thing I quickly realised while travelling the Canadian coastline and that is that there are many beautiful lighthouses. At Peggy's Cove historic lighthouse set amongst the stunning scenery it was no exception and it makes a picture postcard view.  Be sure not to miss out on a tour, after all, how often is it that you get to be on top of the world?

Local talent and tributes

Visit the deGarthe museum and view some spectacular artwork both inside and out.
William E. deGarthe (1907-1983) was born in Finland but immigrated to Canada in 1926. He studied art in Europe, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and under Stanley Royle at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, NB. Not wanting to hold back he then taught at the former Nova Scotia College of Art as well as owned deGarthe Advertising Art in Halifax.

For many years, deGarthe spent each spring and summer at Peggy's Cove, that inspiration led him to paint the most breathtaking marine scenes, images of the local residents of the village and other nearby coastal communities. Hundreds of his paintings hang in homes, offices and galleries around the world.

deGarthe was also interested in sculpture, and in the 1970s embarked upon a ten-year project. This project encompassed the carving of a lasting monument to Canadian fishermen, their wives and children. His canvas? None other than a 100-foot-long granite outcropping on his Peggy's Cove property. Unfortunately, nature played a cruel trick and he had reached only the halfway point at the time of his death.

deGarthe's stone tribute to the fishermen of Peggy's Cove.

The moody shores of Peggy's Cove

Whilst I never got to see this picturesque little town without its white robe of mist, I will say that I am quite glad I didn't. Somehow the mist just adds an atmosphere of mystery, intrigue and speaks of centuries of stories untold.

However, there is more to this little village than just a harbour and there are some quaint eateries and places to shop in Peggy's Cove Village. This is a working fishing village with all that accompanies that activity.

There are boats coming and going, fishermen swarming the dockside, lobster traps and fish nets decorate the wharves and roadside, and of course, there are the tourists. Shop for souvenirs at the gift shops, enjoy a good old cappuccino and cookie on the deck at Beales while taking in the view of the cove and or stop for chowder and gingerbread at the Sou'Wester Restaurant.

No matter what you choose to do at Peggy's Cove ... don't forget to stop and take in the scenery as nature displays her best.

Yes, here is a rare picture of me ... eeep!
So I found a kitty in the cove and as you all know I am a crazy cat lady ... so this little kitty got her moment of fame too!

If you are heading to Halifax and the Canadian coast, it is really worth the time to take a day or two out of your agenda and just spend some time soaking up real fresh air, hospitality and beautiful scenery.

If I had my choice I would be back and living in a quaint little town like this!

** All images are my own and are orginal prints scanned in using an app called Photomyne