Does Peggy’s Cove get its name from one of the nicknames for Margaret? In honour of his mother, Marguerite, Samuel de Champlain named the adjacent body of water St. Margarets/Margaret’s Bay (the interweb has mixed feelings about that apostrophe).
Does it get its name from a survivor of a nearby shipwreck who was named Peggy (or who was too young to remember her real name and who was given that name) who then married a resident of the cove area, becoming (wait for it) Peggy of the Cove?
Dunno. And don’t much care. Although if the possibly apocryphal survivor had been named Brunhilde, we can only marvel at how well history works out sometimes. It’s not at all clear to me that Brunhilde’s Cove would have become home to the most photographed lighthouse in the world, a claim we also saw on the official signage at the site.
Now, as Google Images show, it is a delightfully photogenic lighthouse in a stunning setting but it’s not at all clear to me how anyone could verify such a “most photographed” claim. But I admit that wasn’t my first thought when I was, finally, standing where I could get my own photograph of the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove.
Wow. It really *is* beautiful.
My second thought?
I knew the people were going to be a problem.
And so they were. Mid-afternoon on a blue-sky Sunday in late September, the only way to get a photo without obvious people in it was to stand back. Way back.
Maybe I could go back sometime, stay in a local B&B, and get up before the tour buses start arriving. (Dawn, maybe?) I’m sure there’d be only a few dozen other people doing the same thing. But in case that doesn’t work out, I thought I’d better get a few more shots in the general area.