Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia is Both Beautiful and Dangerous

In front of you is a rectangular sign which is situated verrically. It is 15″ tall x12″ wide. The sign is bright yellow. Along both edges left and right, are reflective red stripes. There are 12 stripes, spaced 1/4″ apart and stop just before an illustration.

At the bottom of the sign is an illustration in black which is 6″ tall x 12″ wide. Its depicting a person standing on black rocks while the lighthouse is situated on white rocks with a wave above their head and the person falling over.

Then to top it off just above this picture in large black letters is the following words;

  • Sudden High Waves
  • Drowning Hazard
  • Keep Off Black Rocks

This sign is situated at every entry point along the white rocks at Peggy’s Cove, and we heard that if you get near the edge between black and white there are physical plaques in the ground which say “do not stand on black rocks” or something like that.

What I did not understand was why people would ignore this blatant warning about injury or death?

Our friends informed that the last known case of someone being caught in a wave because they were standing on the black rocks, was literally two weeks ago!

It was a Sunday afternoon as we stood reading the sign prior to heading over the trail to the lighthouse. We talked about the number of people wandering over the rocks ages 5 to 85, here to enjoy the picturesque views, share a laugh and enjoy some food.

At the lighthouse was when I spotted my first couple standing on the black rocks over in the cove. They were about 8-to-10 feet from the edge, taking phorographs of themselves.

“Why would people be this wreckless with their lives?” I said to my wife, “why?” She merely smiled without giving up any insights on my question.

As you can see in this photo, the rocks which are wet are known as “black rocks” and those which are dry are the “white rocks”.

We sat watching the water circle and curl, pushing in and out. There wasn’t a lot of action but the waves did crash a couple of times to soak the front third of those black rocks.

There is a very nice lighthouse situated on the point and the whole area surrounding this cove is quite the change in topography with its short grasses, large boulder fields and rolling hills, from the previous two coves with their fine white sand beaches.

The only thing which would improve the signage around this location would be alternate languages such as the second official language of Canada? French. And/or you could add Spainish, or Portugese, or Japanese, or a mix of aĺl of them in order to prevent another random death, caused by waves and those black rocks.

The thing which no one would except is adding a railing to split the two rocks apart and adding another layer of signs. It would ultimately deface the natural beauty of this location but it might save a life, too.