Peggy’s Cove is easily one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
Sitting right on the edge of the country, it’s one of the best ways to take in the beauty of the Atlantic coast. It’s no wonder Nova Scotia estimates that roughly one million people visit the site every year.
Unfortunately though, a lot of morons seem to come with them.
— Justine Graham (@justinegrah) July 20, 2015
In case you’re not already aware, Peggy’s Cove can also be quite dangerous. Surprise waves and slippery rocks sweep people into the ocean every year, and sometimes, they never make it back. In April, Jamie Quattrocchi, of Smiths Falls, Ont., was dragged into the waters while on a trip with his girlfriend. His body still hasn’t been recovered. But that’s not seeming to stop tourists and other folks from venturing way too close to the water’s edge.
— Bocu’us Jai (@BocuusJai) August 17, 2015
— MoronsOf PeggysCove (@MoronsOfTheCove) August 12, 2015
— Matt Whitman #HRM13 (@matlantivex) August 4, 2015
Like anything made in Canada, however, there’s a polite twist to this Twitter account. The goal isn’t actually to take photos of tourists and then shame them online. Instead, it’s about spreading awareness and encouraging residents to warn people to step back when they get too close.
Lovely forecast! Gonna a busy weekend! But if you see someone get too close, yell at them: “Step back and don’t die.” pic.twitter.com/mf5azyNzIq
— MoronsOf PeggysCove (@MoronsOfTheCove) August 14, 2015
Nova Scotia’s government, meanwhile, has ruled out the possibility of erecting any fences to prevent people from walking out to the water. “Under no circumstances would we ever consider the placing of a fence out on the rock portion of Peggys Cove,” Tourism Minister Mark Furey told the CBC back in July. But it’s not like there’s a lack of warning signs to let people know of the danger.
Three other signs at various points before you get to the rocks at Peggys Cove pic.twitter.com/jyNs3mdba8
— Rick Conrad (@rickconrad) July 9, 2015
— rhonda macinnis (@macinnis_rhonda) August 17, 2015
Hopefully, with the help of some powerful tweets coming from those who have personally rescued people at Peggy’s Cove, the “morons” will start to get the message.
— Chris Bowers (@EPWinesnob) August 17, 2015
Because, just like many of its victims learned the hard way, it’s a lot easier for a wave to creep up on you than you might think.