One Perfect Day In Nova Scotia…Nude Beaches, Ice Cream & Beer! Part 1

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

Day 72    August 20   Part 1    Nova Scotia, Canada

Prior to checking out of The Ovens campground near Lunenburg, we took a hike along the coastal path. It was a nice easy hike, and we were rewarded with great views of the rocky coastline, the caves (the “ovens”), and the crystal clear water.

Our campsite @ The Ovens

Our campsite @ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

On the hiking trail @ The Ovens

On the hiking trail @ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

Mark, going downstairs @ The Ovens

Mark, going downstairs @ The Ovens

Cool geology @ The Ovens

Cool geology @ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

@ The Ovens

Nice campground pool @ The Ovens

Nice campground pool @ The Ovens

Dog-tired after her hike with us @ The Ovens

Trixie. Dog-tired after her hike with us @ The Ovens

When we left the campground, we were drawn to follow the road sign that clearly stated “No Exit.”  Ends up there was no exit, but there was more beauty, nice houses, and a nude beach (or so said the sign!). We turned around when the pavement ended, and headed back on the main road.

On the dead end road. Cute mailbox.

On the dead end road. Cute mailbox.

And here it is...the nude beach?!! Canadians are funny!

And here it is…the nude beach?!! Canadians are funny! Sign says, “Nude Beach, No Photography”

Our next planned stop would be in this very cool little fishing town, Chester. But, we discovered that in tiny, narrow little Chester, there is no place to park an RV, so we just kept on driving right on out of Chester.

Look what we found on our way out of Chester! An old Airstream trailer that’d been turned into a fish and chips food truck! Of course, we stopped and had fish and chips. And we bought some strawberries from the mother & daughter that were selling fruit and veggies out of the back of their car.

Fish and Chips from a cool old Airstream.

Fish and Chips from a cool old Airstream.

Fish and Chips from a cool old Airstream.

Fish and Chips from a cool old Airstream.

Mark, ordering lunch.

Mark, ordering lunch.

Fruit, veggie, and flower stand next to the fish and chips trailer.

Fruit, veggie, and flower stand next to the fish and chips trailer.

Back on the road, we made our way towards Peggy’s Cove. On the way to Peggy’s Cove, we discovered the most amazing memorial site for the crash of Swissair Flight 111.

Swissair Flight 111 crashed off the coast of Peggy’s Cove on September 2, 1998. This was probably the most beautiful and profound memorial I’ve ever seen, paying tribute not only to those who perished in the crash, but to the local residents who welcomed and housed the victims’ families during the recovery effort.

The crash site memorial grounds

The crash site memorial grounds

The crash site memorial

The crash site memorial

The crash site memorial grounds

The crash site memorial grounds

The crash site memorial grounds

The crash site memorial grounds

The crash site memorial grounds

The crash site memorial grounds

Onward, to Peggy’s Cove. Peggy’s Cove turned out to be both beautiful, and completely overrun by tourists. Still, I’d recommend stopping there to have a look around. And the crowds did thin out later in the day, which was nice.

We had a climb on the rocks by the lighthouse, and then walked around to look in some of the art galleries. I bought a cool necklace at one of the little galleries, made special by the fact that I actually got to meet the artist that made it.

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

Art gallery where I bought my necklace

Art gallery where I bought my necklace

Mark, as a pirate, @ Peggy's Cove

Mark, as a pirate, @ Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

There is one more compelling reason to visit Peggy’s Cove….the ice cream at Dee Dee’s. It’s just a little walk-up shop, serving deliciousness! I got a two-scooper….one scoop of Haskap (a local berry), and one scoop of spicy Mexican Chocolate. Probably the best ice cream I’ve ever had!

Since we knew it would be impossible to top the ice cream experience at Peggy’s Cove, we left town. Next stop, Halifax, the capitol of Nova Scotia.

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