Prince Edward Island’s Iconic Teacup Rock Disappeared After Post-Tropical Storm Fiona
Prince Edward Island’s iconic Teacup Rock disappeared after Post-Tropical Storm Fiona battered the island for more than 12 hours over the weekend, leaving widespread destruction and dozens of thousands of people without electricity.
The Thunder Cove Beach landmark was one of the most photographed rock formations on the island – and it has grown in popularity in recent years thanks to social media.
Dale Paynter took a picture of what remains of the rock on Sunday.
« I remember the cup of tea before it was called ‘the cup of tea,' » he told CBC News.
« It was a bigger rock with three legs, and before that it was probably attached to the cliff. I was happy to see it spend its last years as a ‘rock star’. »
Marg Chisholm-Ramsay also took photos of the void where Teacup Rock stood on Sunday.
« I have seen many great things in my travels: the Great Wall of China…the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lion of Lucerne, but for me the Thunder Cove teacup was more magnificent because it was formed from nature, » she said. said.
« The teacup has seen baby announcements, gender reveals, family photos, marriage proposals and even ashes have been strewn near the teacup – all significant life events.
« The cup of tea is ours (islanders), but it also meant a lot to others. »
« A sad monument to lose »
Debbie Murray also went to the beach on Sunday to see the damage for herself.
« It’s very sad to know that many people will never be able to experience it, » she said. « They won’t get to experience the ‘wow’ factor of coming around the rocks across the water to see the cup of tea. Our coasts have such beauty and the sea is to thank for most of it. … Goodbye forever Teacup Rock, thanks for all the memories. »
Katie McCrossin’s family owns cabins on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island overlooking the rock, where her parents have confirmed that the rock formation no longer exists.
“My parents confirmed that Teacup Rock was swept away by Hurricane Fiona,” she said. « It’s definitely a sad landmark to lose…It’s sad for many. I think there’s been a lot of memories around that rock and around that area of Prince Edward Island and the beach. »
McCrossin spent her childhood summers on the beach and says the loss comes as no surprise to those who live in the area.
« My childhood was playing there, catching crabs and swimming on these rocks. And now my three children were doing the same thing. It’s been there for generations. But other rocks too, and they have gone and new ones have arrived… The coastline is constantly changing, » she said.
« Every year, every fall, we think, ‘Oh, it’s going to be gone this winter.’ I guess it took a little earlier – we always think the ice will win out, but Hurricane Fiona was one hell of a storm.