Peggy's Cove, NS, Unincorporated Place. Peggy's Cove is a small, picturesque fishing community located 43 km south of Halifax, on eastern St Margaret's Bay. The narrow cove probably was named after the wife of William Rodgers, an Irish immigrant to St Margaret's Bay (1770). In 1811 land was granted to 5 men who had been fishing from here since 1804. By 1827, 7 families had settled around the picturesque inlet beside the rugged granite coastline.
This unique sea-splashed rock formation perpetuates Peggy's Cove as a popular tourist attraction and artists' haunt. Although the lighthouse no longer beams its fishermen home, during summer the postcard-immortalized landmark becomes Canada's only post office in a lighthouse. The Fishermen's Monument, a large mural created on a granite boulder by local marine artist William deGarthe (1907-1983), celebrates the fishing family's relationship with their ocean.
On 2 September 1998, Swissair flight 111 crashed 6 nautical miles off Peggy's Cove, killing all 226 passengers and crew. The community was deeply affected and received great admiration for its involvement in support, rescue and salvage operations.