By far the biggest surprise of the trip was a spontaneous visit to Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. After a very disappointing morning in Halifax we decided to take a short drive down the coast to this small fishing town. Home of one of the most famous lighthouses in the world, we originally weren’t planning to go to Peggy’s Cove because we thought it would be too touristy and not very exciting. Nothing could be further from the truth as the area is protected as a heritage site which restricts major developments. This was truly one of the most beautiful and picturesque places I’ve ever seen, as if out of a fairy tale. The lighthouse sits atop volcanic rocks formed some 400 million years ago and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounding the town is the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Area, a large bogland where small hiking paths allow you to uncover different views of the lighthouse as well as some cool vegetation such as the pitcher plant (6th picture) and giant boulders transported from glaciers thousands of years ago (last picture).