Swiss Air 111

We create shore excursions based on your interests and how long you have in Nova Scotia.  We have many examples of our tours posted on our website, but generally, they are a basis to build on.  Each one, for each client, is different – that’s what makes BDT different!

Peggy’s Cove is a relatively short drive from Halifax so we often include it in our shore excursions, incorporating other “attractions” along the way.  This may include anything from quaint fishing villages to the Swiss Air 111 Memorial site, located on St. Margaret’s Bay.

As taken from NS Tourism:

On September 2, 1998 Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax Stanfield International Airport at the entrance to St. Margaret’s Bay. All 229 people on board perished. The crash site was 8 km / 5 mi from the shore, not far from Peggy’s Cove in the South Shore region. A short walking trail (30 m) to a monument in memory of the people who lost their lives can be found at the Swissair Memorial Site in Peggy’s Cove in the South Shore region.

It is a lovely memorial and well worth visit. Just down the road is another memorial, a burial ground containing remains of those found at sea after the disaster.  It is a peaceful spot and for me, always reminds me of a tour from a couple of years ago:

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I had the pleasure of accompanying a Swiss couple on a shore excursion.  When creating their itinerary, they said a visit to the Swiss Air memorial was a must.  Not a problem as I often include it on my trip along the St Margaret’s Bay coastline.

As we explored the memorial, the reason for including it in their tour soon became apparent.  The couple had been neighbours with Urs Zimmerman – the pilot of Swiss Air Flight 111.  They spoke fondly of Zimmerman and told me not only was he a pilot, but also an instructor, prior to which he was a fighter pilot with the Swiss Air Force.  He was a wonderful, friendly neighbour and left behind a wife and three children.

Now, when I visit the memorial and burial site, I can’t help but think of the Swiss couple and Urs Zimmerman.  I feel very privileged to have been part of their goodbye to a dear friend and neighbour.

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