Peggys Cove

Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
Trip End Oct 24, 2010

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Lunenburg Campground

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Monday, October 4, 2010

I wasn't going to leave Halifax without visiting Fairview Cemetery, where 121 victims of the RMS Titanic are interred.  Most of them are memorialized with a small gray granite marker giving their name and date of death. Some families paid for larger markers with more inscriptions. The occupants of a third of the graves, however, have never been identified and their markers contain just their date of death and marker number. Surveyor E. W. Christie laid out three long lines of graves in gentle curves following the contours of the sloping site. By co-incidence, the curved shape suggests the outline of the bow of a ship.
One of the more well-known Titanic markers is for an unidentified child victim. No one claimed the body, so he was buried with funds provided by sailors of the cable ship that recovered his body. The marker bears the inscription 'Erected to the memory of an unknown child whose remains were recovered after the disaster of the "Titanic" April 15th 1912'. In November 2002, the child was identified as 13-month-old Eino Panula of Finland. Eino, his mother, and four brothers all died in the Titanic disaster. After additional forensic testing, the unknown child was re-identified as 19-month-old Sidney Goodwin, an English child who perished with his entire family.

A grave marked "J. Dawson" gained brief fame following the release of the film Titanic. The actually belongs to an Irishman who worked in Titanic's boiler room as a coal trimmer.  Twenty-nine other Titanic victims are also buried in Halifax; 19 in the Roman Catholic Mount Olivet Cemetery and 10 in the Jewish Baron de Hirsch Cemetery.

Back on the road, I headed to Peggys Cove.  For a population of 50, this is one popular place!  It's a major tourist destination and now I know why.  I parked at the tourist info centre and the village is small so you can walk all through it - just have to dodge the tour buses!  The first thing that struck me was the landscape, there are huge rocks everywhere and the lighthouse is on a granite outcrop.

I checked out a sculpture carved into a granite hillside by artist William deGarthe.  It is 100 feet long and  depicts 32 fishermen, their wives, and children enveloped by the wings of St. Elmo (the patron saint of sailors) as well as the legendary Peggy. 

Legend has it that a woman named Peggy was shipwrecked here and married a local hence the village being called Peggys Cove.  Some say the name comes from the bay which is St. Margaret's Bay. 

I wandered around the little harbour,  the wharf and up to the lighthouse.  This village is so quaint and picturesque.  There is a photo op every 2 feet!  It is also peaceful and welcoming - even with all the tourists.   The Sou'wester, a hotel & restaurant by the lighthouse has a rather large gift shop and I sure love my gift shops, haha.  Last but definitely not least, is the lighthouse.  The first one was built in 1868 and the current structure was built in 1914.  This lighthouse is one of the most photographed structures in Atlantic Canada and one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world.

I was sad to say goodbye to Peggys Cove but time to head to the next amazing place, Lunenburg.  On the way, I drove through another gorgeous little place, Mahone Bay.  There were scarecrows everywhere - some were really great.  It was already late in the day so just stopped for a couple pics then kept going to Lunenburg.  Found a campground at the Lunenburg tourist info centre and had another night in the sleeper.
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