Time for another drive along the southern shore of Nova Scotia. Heading east from Lunenburg is the Lighthouse Route (Rt. #3) through another picture book town, Mahone Bay, past million dollar coastal views and on to the classic lighthouse and village of Peggy’s Cove. The Peggy’s Cove lighthouse has the distinction of being the only lighthouse in the world that is also the town’s post office.
Ah, but there are more hidden gems here. As we were driving we spotted a sign for a lighthouse. Like many of the lighthouses we saw it was very functional but not very picturesque. However, had we not turned down this road, we would have missed an artist’s display of stone and driftwood sculptures . He saw Steve and I stop and came out to talk. He started doing his art as a hobby. Now it has turned into a very successful business. He gave us a card but it is now buried deep in my “save” pile. If I ever do retrieve it, I’ll come back and update with his name and location. He uses natural materials to make yard art and smaller sculptures that are sold locally. He graciously allowed us to photograph his sculpture garden.
Why Peggy’s Cove became such a tourist attraction we are not sure. That’s the only drawback to visiting. It can be very crowded. We were in luck as we came mid-week about 3pm when the crowds were waning . Still, we often had to wait for people to move away before clicking the shutter. Walking on the smooth boulders and along the marshy paths requires good, sturdy footwear for safety. Be prepared to get your feet wet if you want photos from unique angles.