The beach at Thunder Cove is one of the most beautiful beaches on Prince Edward Island. The gorgeous red sand beach, tinted by iron oxide, is pristine and appears to stretch into forever.
Sandstone cliffs along the length of beach are easily eroded and this process has always been a source of interest for residents and visitors alike.
The sea’s sustained assault on the sandstone creates interesting shapes, holes and crevasses which are tempting for people to explore. This is not a safe practice however as the cliffs above collapse when the supporting sandstone is undermined.
Then there are the sea stacks around the island, the most famous of which is the Tea Cup at Thunder Cove. Created by erosion, they too draw people, as this one drew us on a recent visit to the Cove.
We hadn’t seen the Tea Cup in several years and it was interesting to compare it to previous photos. The Tea Cup is not much different although the stem of the cup has narrowed. Every spring people expect to find the cup collapsed but it has defied the elements thus far. Its time is running out.
Meanwhile, one of two other sea stacks nearby has changed more noticeably since it lost its connection to the cliff.
The soil and sandstone nearby illustrate the danger of getting too close to the cliffs.
We enjoy the cliffs at a safe distance and the sea stacks as long as the exhibit lasts.