Saturday, July 1, 2017

Peggy's Point Lighthouse

Memories of Canada

As Canada celebrates their 150th anniversary, promoted by the Canadian government as Canada 150, we take a look back at some of our memorable moments from cruises and tours to Canada.

This would be an excellent time for you to visit Canada, as there will be year long celebrations throughout the land.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Our next stop along our Canadian memory lane finds us in Nova Scotia ("New Scotland"), one of Canada's three Maritime provinces, and one of the four provinces which form Atlantic Canada. Halifax is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. A major business center, it’s also known for its maritime history. The city’s dominated by the hilltop Citadel, a star-shaped fort completed in the 1850s. Waterfront warehouses known as the Historic Properties recall Halifax’s days as a trading hub for privateers, notably during the War of 1812.

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Peggy's Cove

Peggy's Cove is a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality, which is famous for the Peggy's Point Lighthouse (established 1868). Peggy's Cove is 43 kilometers (26 miles) southwest of Downtown Halifax and comprises one of the numerous small fishing communities located around the perimeter of the Chebucto Peninsula.

Just last month, Peggy's Point Lighthouse - Peggy's Cove was named the 6th best attraction in Canada by USA Today. USA Today’s 10Best travel guide ranked the top 20 nominees, and the public decided the final 10. View the entire list here: the top ten attractions in Canada.

View the Entire Peggy's Cove Photo Album

We first visited Halifax and Peggy's Cove during the maiden voyage of Norwegian Sun in 2001. Our cruise began in Paris the day that the World Trade Center was attacked. This was a trans-Atlantic voyage which would stop in several locations, including two in Canada before sailing to New York. In Halifax we met people who had taken passengers from grounded airlines into their homes. On this cruise we primarily toured the fishing villages in the area. We will look at Halifax again in another post to revisit the maritime heritage of this area.


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