St. Margaretís Bay, Tantallon & Peggyís Cove

County:Halifax Regional Municipality

Opening south directly onto the Atlantic, its eastern shore is formed by the Chebucto Peninsula and its western shore by the Aspotogan Peninsula, while the head of the bay (the northern shore) is the main part of the Nova Scotia peninsula.

The bay's shores are mostly rocky, although the head of the bay offers several sandy beaches at Queensland, Black Point and Cleveland; another sandy beach exists on the western shore of the bay at Bayswater; and there is a small sandy beach on eastern shore on Micou's Island. St. Margarets Bay is a cruising destination for sailing yachts and its picturesque shorelines offer protection in many natural harbours, as well as anchorages in coves and near small islands.

St. Margarets Bay contains numerous islands, particularly along its eastern shore. These islands were historically used by the Mi'kmaq Nation and some contain burial sites.

The bay's larger islands are listed below:

Micou's Islandt. Margaret's bay was the site of the crash of Swissair Flight 111. On the night of September 2, 1998, the Swiss-registered MD-11 slammed into the waters of Peggy's Cove, killing all 229 aboard. An artistic memorial has since been erected on the shores, in honor of the victims.