WHO WAS PEGGY?
The Peggy of Peggy’s Cove is entrenched in Nova Scotian folklore.
The story goes that she was the sole survivor of a shipwreck at nearby Halibut Rock.
While some say she was a young woman, others are adamant she was a girl too young to remember her name, so was adopted by one of the families of the cove and given the name Peggy.
Her survival story attracted visitors from around the bay, and the village became nicknamed Peggy’s Cove as a result of the interest.
She eventually married an early settler of the cove.
“THE STORY GOES THAT SHE WAS THE SOLE SURVIVOR OF A SHIPWRECK AT NEARBY HALIBUT ROCK.”
But that story doesn’t wash with everyone. It is also thought the village was simply named after St Margaret’s Bay (Peggy is a nickname for Margaret).
St Margaret’s Bay was named by explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain for his mother Marguerite.