This photo has three words penciled on the back: Near Peggy’s Cove. The fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, and nearby Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, are about an hour from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I’ve never been to the province of Nova Scotia, but my mother has a connection to it–of sorts. Her mother was adopted, as a newborn, by a childless couple in Buffalo, New York. A few years ago, my mother decided to take a DNA test, to see if she might learn something about her mother’s birth parents. When she received her results, we were genuinely shocked to see that her closest matches were from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Further research led us to conclude that her grandmother was probably American, while her grandfather was almost certainly from Cape Breton.
We’re going to get up there one of these days.
If you have five minutes to spare, you might enjoy this video showing some of the beauty of Nova Scotia, including Peggy’s Point Lighthouse (visible below, and at 0:51) and Peggy’s Cove (1:26). It’s worth watching until the very end. The filmmaker, Victor Chu, begins with this narration:
“When I was twelve, I saw a tour book of Canada laying on my father’s desk. In it, the chapters on Nova Scotia were highlighted and underlined. ‘Nova Scotia,’ he uttered, when he was in a good mood. ‘Enjoy life,’ he also liked to say.
He loved to travel, and his passion for photography enhanced his journeys. However, in 2007 he was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Sadly, he never went to Nova Scotia.
This film is dedicated to him.”