Clear in Either Official Language

Escarpement Dangereux

That’s what I saw on the first of three warning signs on our first hiking trail in Cape Breton. My French isn’t great, but I got the point. Of course, it seemed a tad unnecessary since the whole point of the trail was to walk along and out to an escarpement.  Or, maybe, a falaise abrupte. Who knew French had so many words for “cliff”?  And is there any way a cliff can be gradual? Or, for that matter, low?

Sign warning of impending cliff edgeMaybe it was these linguistic imponderables that caused another sign maker to go more for visual communication.

2-photo collage of warning sign and cliff edgeNone went for the audio-visual approach, but I have the perfect YouTube video here in case Parks Canada is interested.

Danger, Will Robinson.

But this hike fell (you should excuse the expression) into the “In, out, nobody got hurt” Navy SEAL category. Unless we’re counting sore calf muscles from 4 km of up down up down up down up down up. And yes, I’m pretty sure there was more up than down on this loop trail.

2-photo collage of scenic cliffs



  1. Marilyn Smith

    I love these! I love the shapes and colour of the rocks! They are all exquisite photos but I love the distance created by the clouds in the last one!

    Okay, this is weird and I tried not to see it, but in your third photo there the two big upright rocks in the
    middle look very friendly….

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Marilyn – Thanks again. And yes, that might be a slightly weird interpretation of the two rocks – but as Barbara has pointed out in these pages, there is no such thing as normal, so see what you see!

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