Mike Chowla
Nova Scotia:

Peggy's Cove and Halifax

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse is reputed to be the the most photographed lighthouse in Canada. It's less than an hour's drive to Halifax so it receives many visitors. The crowds were not too bad as I was there mid-week and before the summer tourist onslaught. I stayed nearby so I could photograph both sunset and sunrise. Peggy's Cove does live up to its hype and is a lovely spot.

After photographing the sunrise, it was time to head towards Halifax for my afternoon flight out of Halifax. I made a detour to the hamlet of Prospect but didn't find it interesting so I headed on to Halifax. My first Halifax stop was the Halifax Public Gardens, which are the largest Victorian formal gardens in North America. The tulips were in bloom. Across the street is Camp Hill Cemetery. Both the Public Gardens and the cemetery are in the middle of the city.

In the older section of the cemetery, many of the grave markers are so weathered that they are hard to read. That even stone markers are fading made me think about how all things are ephemeral. After the cemetery, I went to the Halifax Citadel. The Citadel itself is only mildly interesting as it's like any old fort. The docents were very informative with one telling me how life in the barracks was. Spoiler alert, it was pretty miserable. There is an excellent and thorough exhibit on the history of the Citadel and how it tied in the history of Halifax. I had to cut my time there short and head to the airport.

I arrived at the airport 3 hours early figuring it was an international flight with US immigration being done at the airport. The US departures area at Halifax Airport is small with only a single restaurant and newsstand. So additional time there will leave one pretty bored.

I rate Peggy's Cove 8 of 10 and Halifax 7 out of 10.