After two men slipped into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Peggy’s Cove in recent months, a debate over safety has hinged on whether common sense should be enough to protect people from the natural dangers at the popular tourist destination in Nova Scotia.
Family and friends of the two men — one from Smith Falls, Ont., who hasn’t been recovered from the ocean — are pushing for increased safety measures, but their appeals have sometimes been met with skepticism from locals, particularly on social media.
Last week, James Rubec of Toronto wrote to the Halifax Chronicle Herald after his friend was rescued from the water about two weeks ago, asking the province: “When will you mature your tourism product to a level where it is safe for all?”
Rubec has suggested barricades around the parking lot at Peggy’s Cove to funnel visitors to a turnstyle where they would be informed of the dangers, along with monitors to let people know when they are putting themselves in peril on the smooth and sometimes slick rocks. He also wants a boat and a trained team available to help anyone who ends up in the water.
Should warning signs be put in place? Or should people know to be cautious?
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