Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
"A traveler enters the world into which he travels, but a tourist brings his own world with him and never sees the one he's in."
- Thomas H. Cook, The Crime of Julian Wells
My son and I recently went to Peggy's Cove and saw the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. I have flown over it once but that was nothing compared to standing face-to-face with it. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest since I was four, I have seen the Pacific Ocean many times, all along the west coast. Yet, it was still a magnificent feeling to stand on the east coast and experience this fierce, blue beauty. The Pacific Ocean feels mighty; the Atlantic Ocean feels authoritative and commanding.
We considered not going to Peggy's Cove because it is a very popular tourist location...exactly the type of place that I either try to avoid or go to very early so I can get photos without a ton of people in them. In this particular case, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed what the presence of people added to the scene. The tourists dotting the landscape gave scale to the immensity and expanse of the rock on which the lighthouse stands.
Peggy's Cove is an otherworldly place. I felt like I was on a different planet and, from some angles, the tourists looked like tiny alien creatures walking around (tiny aliens taking selfies).
My son and I both loved it. We were SO glad we didn't pass on seeing it.