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So, we went to Peggy’s Cove. It was our understanding that visitors to Nova Scotia are required by law to go there, but we never actually verified that with anyone.

To be honest, we went there twice. On the same day. Because the light was better in the later afternoon. (Kudos to my patient spouse for being the one to champion the idea of a return.)

And look what I found: people.

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
photographed 8.6.2015



At 10:25 pm on September 2, 1998, Swissair flight 111 plunged into the Atlantic at St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia. The crash site was 8 kilometers from shore, approximately equidistant from the tiny towns of Peggy’s Cove and Bayswater. All 229 people on board perished.

This memorial to the crash is near Peggy’s Cove; the slots in the granite boulder line up with the crash site on the horizon. There is another memorial, on the other side of the bay, and it, too, has sight lines toward the crash location.

We visited this memorial twice on the same day; the first visit was part of the obligatory stop at Peggy’s Cove. The second one, late in the afternoon, was to take advantage of the light. On the first visit there were four or five yellow long-stemmed roses the slots on the boulder. While we were gone, someone had added six more roses, red ones, to the others.

Swissair Flight 111 Memorial
near Whale’s Bay, Nova Scotia
photographed 8.6.2015

(You can read about the crash here.)

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