The inhabitants of Peggy’s Cove still fish for lobster, although today the dominant industry is tourism built around the Peggys Point Lighthouse.
Swissair Flight 111 crashed just 8 kms from shore in 1998. The cove became one of the staging areas for the search and rescue response, crash recovery operation, and investigation of the crash.
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From Cheryl’s journal: “Off to Canadian Tire to hopefully find a new vent. No luck. Onward to Peggy’s Cove. Due to the rain it was a foggy day. Not able to see too much. Typical eastern/western coastal day. Cute little community. Apparently it was cruise ship day so lots of people. Peggy’s Cove Preservation Land reminded me a lot of NFLD – rocky, short shrubbage, small ponds. The rocks were slippery because of the fog. Didn’t stay too long. Went around and through Mahone Bay. A very ritzie place. Big sail boats and Victorian type houses.”
Lunenburg is a port town situated on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. It’s main industry is the Atlantic Fishery, whose future is now uncertain.
It flourished in the 1800s, and much of it’s historic architecture dates from that period.
The Bluenose–the ship on our dime–was also built in Lunenburg.
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“Lunenburg was quite nice. Found the waterfront area and stayed for lunch at the Fishermans. It was attached to a museum that had a display of the cod fishery. Had the lobster taco $27. Nothing to write home about. I think it was the coleslaw, pretty bland. Made our way to Clarke’s Harbour after walking on the boardwalk. They had a festival going on, so a festive feeling was in the air. Could have stayed longer in Lunenberg.”
Clark’s Harbour is on Cape Sable Island, in southwestern Nova Scotia.
The main industry is lobster fishing, and the town is the birthplace of the Cape Islander fishing boat.
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From the journal: “Found Cal and Dave’s home in Clarke’s Harbour. Centreville South Side Road. A nice place where you could see the ocean from two sides (when the fog wasn’t there). Ollie, their dog, was a little upset we had invaded his territory, but he tolerated us. Went for a walk on the beach. Couldn’t see much due to the fog. But it was nice to be near the ocean with waves breaking. Had beer and pizza for dinner. Went to bed about 9 as we were going over to Cape Sable Island in the morning.”