While best known as "Peggy's Cove Lighthouse , the official name is the Peggy's Point Lighthouse, as it was built to mark the point rather than the cove.
While there are several accounts of just how Peggy's Cove and Peggy's Point were named, the most romantic folktale tells of a young woman named Margaret who was the only survivor of a schooner that ran aground and sank in 1800. The local folk who rescued Margaret referred to her as "Peggy of the Cove" hence the name "Peggy's Cove".
The original building was erected in 1868, as a wooden tower, built atop a keeper's dwelling at the point, then replaced in 1915 by the current tower, 50 feet west of the original light.
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Today the tower is unmanned, but the light still burns to warn sailors of the rocky coastline. The tower serves as a post office for tourists during the summer months
Peggy's Cove is one of the most popular tourist spots in Nova Scotia and the lighthouse may be the most photographed in Canada.
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