Life in a fishbowl: How has tourism affected Peggy’s Cove?

While in my twenties, I conducted an oral history study in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast. With fewer than 100 residents, this archetypal fishing village receives tens of thousands of visitors each year.

I loved meeting the lobster fishermen, shopkeepers, and community members in this tourist haven. Each views the impact of tourism in a different way.

My mandate was to document the impact of tourism on this much-visited coastal gem and write a report for the Atlantic Center for the Environment/Quebec-Labrador Foundation, based in Ipswich, MA.

Read my feature “Life in a fishbowl” [Peggy’s Cove, N.S.] (Atlantic Insight magazine, Halifax, 1986)

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