Peggy's Cove - Lighthouse Route
Known as the Lighthouse Route, the road leading from Halifax to Peggy's Cove along rugged Atlantic coastline is breathtaking. The tour takes you along the picturesque coast through the villages of Prospect, Shad Bay and West Dover where there are many beautiful photo opportunities.
West Dover: Adorned with weather-beaten fishing shacks, the village of West Dover is perched seemingly precariously on a foreboding coastline. As we leave West Dover en route to Peggy's Cove, the rocks you see from here to Indian Harbour are 370 million-year-old Devonian granite. These huge boulders, picked up and deposited about 10,000 years ago by retreating glaciers of the last ice age, are scattered randomly throughout the area.
Peggy's Cove: The original village was settled in 1811 by six families. Today its year-round population numbers around sixty. The cove is named after an early settler, Peggy, now believed to be a ghost. Thousands of tourists visit the cove, Lighthouse Point, the gift shops, marine studio, restaurant and church every season. Inside St. John's Anglican Church are two beautiful murals painted by the late William DeGarthe. He is also the creator of a large monument, constructed between 1977 and 1982, located behind his summer home and the DeGarthe Museum.
As we leave Peggy's Cove through Indian Harbour, we travel through the beautiful fishing village of Hackett's Cove. It is known for the legend of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Jenette MacDonald.
The road back to Halifax takes us through the small villages of Glen Margaret, Seabright, French Village, Glen Haven and Tantallon.
Fabulous scenery, gift shops, the ocean makes this a one-of-a-kind tour.