Peggy’s Cove is a largely untouched fishing village just 43 km from Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital. When you bring your kids here they’ll probably first notice the red-and-white tower with a beacon on top. That’s a lighthouse and at night its bright light use to warn sailors not to come too close.
If your kids are like mine, the next thing they’ll notice are the rocks. These are not little rocks. They’re huge granite boulders that were brought here by glaciers a long, long time ago. And kids being kids, they’ll want to spend a good amount of time trying to climb up and jump across these formations.
Now this is not the sort of place where there are safety ropes but distances are relatively short and close to the ground, more bouldering than rock climbing. It’s totally unsupervised, though, so parents need to stay close.
But it’s a natural and extensive playground that kids won’t soon forget.
It is important to tell your kids about rogue waves. These are sometimes called freak waves because they seem to come from nowhere. They are very powerful and can take people who are too close to the water off the rocks and out to sea. There are warnings about this and they say it’s best not to go on rocks that are black or wet.
When the kids tire of bouldering, go check out the sea creatures that are left in inland pools when the tide goes out. I haven’t done this yet but will next summer when I go there with my grandkids. They say you’ll see things like mussels, clams, starfish, amoeba, and sea urchin, and it’s not even an aquarium! There’s one of these pools at the end of the visitor parking lot; just follow the path by the bench.
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By Sylvia Fanjoy
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