A beautiful 35 minute (53Km) drive from Antigonish will take you to Cape George Lighthouse overlooking St. George’s Bay. Highway 337 winds through rolling agricultural lands and along the coast. Scenic views abound and this drive is sometimes called the “Mini Cape” or the “Mini Cabot Trail” and is part of the Sunrise Trail.
On a sunny day, enjoy views of Cape Breton Island and Prince Edward Island in the distance. Perhaps you will see an eagle soaring above or below you and sea birds skimming along the ocean below the cliffs.
View from Cape George Lighthouse
Cape George, Antigonish County
Imagine what it was like back in the day as the lighthouse keeper with his family living up here with his wife and children in all seasons.
The original lighthouse was built in 1861. The iconic white and red lighthouse style is similar to what you would see at Peggy’s Cove. The current lighthouse is the 3rd on this spot.
Nearby is a trailhead for Cape George Heritage Trail system.
A trip to Arisaig is always a great day out. Now that summer is here the beach is inviting and safe for children. The lobster boats are all tied up as the season is over and wonderful to enjoy the peaceful views and the smell of salt-sea air and a fresh breeze. The water was so calm this day that it was difficult to see the horizon with the sea and sky the same hue.
Lobster Interpretive Centre and Tea Room
Lobster Interpretive Centre and Tea Room
Eating ice cream
Fishing from the Dock
Arisaig boat on calm ocean
Arisaig Lighthouse and Daisies
Arisaig Whart Reflection
Arisaid fossil cliffs
The Lobster Interpretive Centre / Tea Room is open with sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs and desserts. Great view of the harbour and learn lots of interesting facts about lobsters. There is an interesting short film to give more of the history and even tips on how to serve and eat a lobster.
Head over to the Lighthouse Café for an ice cream cone and watch the sea birds roosting on the rocks.
There will be lots of fun for all ages at the Arisaig Mid-Summer Festival July 16-19 with food, socials, dancing, kids games, live demonstrations, boat tours, music and more. (http://arisaigns.com/sum-r-fest/ )
Peggy’s Cove is a picturesque fishing village with a lighthouse that is one of the most photographed sites in Canada.
The village of Peggy’s Cove was originally settled in the 1700s as a fishing community. Settlers also had cattle and did some farming in the small areas not covered with granite rocks. The setting is beautiful but you can imagine the difficult life during the storms and winter. This tiny community (2009 population: approx. 46) is a working fishing village and home of artists and artisans.
The weather is changeable – as anywhere in Nova Scotia. Our visit was on a sunny spring day with a calm ocean. However fog and storms are common and do be careful as you explore the granite rocks that you pay attention to the waves. Bring layers and windbreakers. During heavy seas and storms the waves crash up over the rocks.
The red and white lighthouse was built in 1915 and set out on a rocky point with views of St. Margaret’s Bay. The entire area has large rounded granite slabs and it is fun to clamber over the rocks for spectacular ocean views and views of the village weather and safety permitting.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Sou’Wester restaurant and gift shop which has a delicious selection of local seafood, salads, soups, burgers and local deserts such as Blueberry Grunt. The restaurant is open year round. The gift shop is a great place to browse for interesting art from local artists, photographs, clothing and gifts.
The Visitor Information Center is open from May to October. Over 750,000 tourists visit Peggy’s Cove in a year – most during the tourist season.
A walk through the village is picturesque. Homes of the fishermen, small arts and gift shops and the wharf are all set off by the ocean and the granite rocks of the area. Be sure to see the 30M granite wall carving by William E. deGarthe depicting the fishermen and their families of Peggy’s Cove. The deGarthe gallery is open during the May to October season.
The drive from the Halifax Armdale Rotary is 45 KM and passes lakes and coves along the way. The road is winding and give yourself time to enjoy it. You can return on a circle route passing the memorial for Swissair Flight 111 and then either continue on to Chester and Lunenberg or loop back to Halifax.