The Peggy’s Cove Barrens: Rock, Life, Sea and Sky

A portrait in photographs

by Kent Martin

A collection of 100 stunning photographs that capture the rugged beauty of the boulder-strewn barrens around Peggy’s Cove through the changing seasons.

Perched on the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean where the sea is ever-present, the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Area includes a thousand acres of rugged shoreline, salt marshes, small lakes and granite boulders. In its centre is the iconic fishing village of Peggy’s Cove and its famous lighthouse. The weather can be changeable and the winds fierce, but the landscape has raw beauty in every season.

In this collection of 100 evocative photographs, Kent Martin reflects the seasons and the range of natural history on display. His pictures include the expansive, rocky landscape and ever-changing skies, but also the smaller world of mosses, flowers, birds and mammals. Together they reveal a richness of natural diversity. Nova Scotia is blessed with extensive areas of barrens and these photographs underscore the importance of preserving this unique ecosystem.

About the Author

Kent Martin

KENT MARTIN first picked up a camera in his teens. He started photographing the Peggy’s Cove Barrens after returning to photography after a long career as a filmmaker. Though he was initially drawn to the wide-open landscape and ever-changing skies on the Barrens, Kent’s keen eye attends to the world of shrubs, flowers, animals and people as well.

Kent produced or directed over 100 films in his fifty-year career, mostly for the National Film Board of Canada. His productions have garnered many awards and the feature documentary Westray was shortlisted for an Academy Award. He lives in St. Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia.


"This ain’t your tourist’s Peggy’s Cove. Photographer Kent Martin sees things from a different lens. At the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Area, Martin reveals wide landscapes and ever-changing skies, as well as the smaller world of mosses, birds, flowers and people."

Chris Benjamin, Atlantic Books Today

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