Friday, July 16, 2004

Bottle Cove

On the coast of the Gulf of St Lawrence, a few miles south of the Bay of Islands at the entrance to the Humber Arm, Bottle Cove was until recently a small fishing community. The 1921 census reported 4 people living in 6 households. Its lava flows and wavecut platforms are of much geological interest. At the end of the last ice age, as the glaciers retreated from the shoreline, the sea cut platforms into the now exposed cliffs. As the ice continued to melt, the land -- freed of the weight of the ice -- slowly lifted. Today the two wave cut platforms at Bottle Cove are 30 and 60 metres above sea level respectively. Besides being of geological interest the cove rates highly on the scale of natural beauty and is proudly commended to tourists by local inhabitants. It is separated from Lark Harbour, just 2 kilometres away, by a low peninsula.


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