On September 2nd, 1998 Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean 8 kilometres from the shore, between the quiet and picturesque fishing/tourist communities of Peggys Cove and Bayswater, Nova Scotia. All 229 men, women, and children on board died.
The sign between the edge of the parking lot and the beginning of the short winding gravel path reads as follows:
“The communities of Peggy’s Cove and Blandford were central to the recovery operation following the crash of Swissair Flight 111. The Whalesback and Bayswater Beach sites were chosen for their proximity to those communities and because they have view lines to the crash site and each other.
The three sites combined – Whalesback, Bayswater, and the actual crash site – make a triangular shape, which is reflected in the design of the memorials. Whalesback is at the eastern tip of the triangle. As you stand at the monument, facing the ocean, the line on your right is a sight line to Bayswater Beach. The line on your left leads to the crash site which lies on the horizon. At the request of community and family members, the quiet, modest memorials are consistent with the coastal environment. The names of the passengers are inscribed at the burial site at Bayswater."
The monument is largely made up of two simply sculpted rocks, and is meditative and tasteful. The solid and substantial memorial will be a lasting, quality reminder of these lives so quickly lost. The weather-worn stuffed bunny leaning up against the box of flowers at the monument’s base brought a tear to my usually dry eyes.
The site is roughly 1km north of the popular tourist destination, Peggy’s Cove, on Peggy’s Cove Road (also known as the Lighthouse Route).