It was a chilly (5 degrees C) but magnificently sunny day today. We left Halifax this morning and took the slow way to visit friends partway down the coast, on the point between St. Margaret’s Bay and Mahone Bay. Our friends have a 300 degree view of water from their house – wonderful. We’re very happy to be here. On the way here, we visited one of Atlantic Canada’s iconic tourist traps: Peggy’s Cove.
I know why the Cove is such a magnet for tourists: the bare glacier-scraped granite rock sweeping down to the restless Atlantic Ocean is something you don’t see in many other spots. There are perfect photo opportunities of a lonely lighthouse perched atop the rocks, and today we saw a fishing boat just off the point, as well. (There are signs everywhere saying “don’t stand on wet rocks or dark rocks” – many people unfamiliar with being by the ocean have been swept out to sea by standing in the zone where a rogue king wave can wash them away.) In the summertime, the place is overrun with tourists. Today, we only saw Nova Scotia licence plates in the parking lots, and it was possible to take pictures without hundreds of people in them.
Here are some of the pictures we took today.
Just down the road, in Indian Harbour, we stopped at the monument to the Swiss Air Flight 111 that came down in the sea 11 kilometres off this coast on September 2, 1998. It is a simple, but heartfelt memorial to those who lost their lives that day. There is another one across St. Margaret’s Bay in Bayswater. The location of the two monuments and the crash site makes a triangle shape. You can peer through the slanted cuts in the granite to where the plane went down.
We continued our drive along the coast to where our friends live, and we all went for a walk along the shore in the sunshine. All in all, it was a wonderful day!