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Located right in the heart of Nova Scotia's most famous fishing village, the Breakwater Inn sits on 8 acres of oceanfront land, and 1,340 feet of bold, rocky shoreline in Peggy's Cove. As such it makes a great location for sea kayaking/adventurists, boating enthusiasts, photographers, artists and nature lovers.The Breakwater Inn was purchased by Neil Raycraft in 2015. Neil is a self-made entrepreneur with extensive management experience. He makes sure that everything runs smoothly at the Inn! Long time friend Peter Richardson, owner of Peggy's Cove Boat Tours works as our Innkeeper. Captain Pete ensures that your stay with us is memorable.Both Peter and Neil are happy to speak with our guests about special requests and group rates. Please feel free to email us!NEIL RAYCRAFT, OWNER

The Peggy's Cove Coastal Region, encompassing the shores of the scenic St. Margaret's Bay, offers you a wide range of attractions and experiences that will help make your holiday a memorable one. Many of our area's assets are tucked away on side roads or in scenic coves and harbours, that are just waiting for you to find and explore.

Besides the stunning natural beauty of this area there are a whole host of exciting activities and experiences to savour. The region is noted for its hiking trails, kayaking adventures, whale watching, birding activities, and golf courses and our pristine beaches offer fun for the whole family.

Watersports Swimming Kayaking Fishing Hiking Exploring Climbing Cycling

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The Cove

About 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 the site of Peggys 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. The community is named after the cove of the same name, a name also shared with Peggy's Point, immediately to the east of the cove. The village marks the eastern point of the St. Margaret's Bay.

History

The first recorded name of the cove was Eastern Point Harbour or Peggs Harbour in 1766. The village is likely named after Saint Margaret's Bay (Peggy being the nickname for Margaret), which Samuel de Champlain named after his mother Marguerite. There has been much folklore created to explain the name.One story suggests the village may have been named after the wife of an early settler. The popular legend claims that the name came from the sole survivor of a shipwreck at Halibut Rock near the cove. Artist and resident William deGarthe said she was a young woman while others claim she was a little girl too young to remember her name and the family who adopted her called her Peggy. The young shipwreck survivor married a resident of the cove in 1800 and became known as "Peggy of the Cove", attracting visitors from around the bay who eventually named the village Peggy's Cove, after her nickname.The village was founded in 1811 when the Province of Nova Scotia issued a land grant of more than 800 acres (320 ha) to six families of German descent. The settlers relied on fishing as the mainstay of their economy but also farmed where the soil was fertile. They used surrounding lands to pasture cattle. In the early 1900s the population peaked at about 300. The community supported a schoolhouse, church, general store, lobster cannery and boats of all sizes that were nestled in the cove.Many artists and photographers flocked to Peggy's Cove. As roads improved, the number of tourists increased. Today the population is smaller but Peggy's Cove remains an active fishing village and a favourite tourist destination. This is known to be J.D. Harmeyer's favorite vacation destination. He likes the rocks.

Peggy's Cove

Fishing Village

The historic lighthouse and stunning scenery in this area are the main attractions but there is enough to do here to entertain you for several days. Peggy's Cove Village is a working fishing village with all that accompanies that activity. Fishermen come and go, lobster traps and fish nets decorate the wharves and roadside, and fishing boats come and go from the local wharf. Learn the geology and history of the Village as told on story boards scattered throughout the area.

Self-Guided Tours

Local Attractions

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Nature Trails

Peggy's Cove Lobster

Regional Food

If you haven’t eaten Lobster in Peggy’s Cove cooked the traditional way, then you haven’t really eaten Lobster. Nova Scotia lobster is world-famous – and for good reason. We have some of the most fertile lobster fishing grounds.

Peggy's Cove is renown for its Lighthouse but it is also a famous fishing village where locals still make a living on the water. You can learn how to cook lobster the traditional Nova Scotian way or you can have them cook it for you. They serve steamed lobster, lobster rolls and Atlantic blue mussels. Just sit down, relax and enjoy your meal in the center of the Cove or grab a live lobster to carry home.

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Nature Watching

Puffins & Seals

A popular local attraction, Atlantic Puffins and Seals can be viewed in their natural habitat by taking a Peggy's Cove Boat Tour. From June through August this 2-2½ hour tour will take you out to Pearl Island the only puffin nesting colony on the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia, where you’ll also see; Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Common Terns, Common Eiders and Seagulls. Then we’ll steam back to Seal Rock to watch the seals sunbathing or feeding depending on the tides and then cross the head of beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay.

For the best viewing of our wildlife in their natural habitat, we highly recommend a Puffin & Seal Nature Watching tour with Peggy's Cove Boat Tours.

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Sports & Activities

Fishing

Watersports

Cycling

Hiking

The Peggy's Cove Coastal Region, encompassing the shores of the scenic St. Margaret's Bay, offers you a wide range of attractions and experiences that will help make your holiday a memorable one. Many of our area's assets are tucked away on side roads or in scenic coves and harbours, that are just waiting for you to find and explore.

Besides the stunning natural beauty of this area there are a whole host of exciting activities and experiences to savour. The region is noted for its hiking trails, kayaking adventures, whale watching, birding activities, and golf courses and our pristine beaches offer fun for the whole family.

Watersports Swimming Kayaking Fishing Hiking Exploring Climbing Cycling

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130 Peggy's Point Road
Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3Z 3S2

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902-821-2307