Newfoundland Officials Warn Selfie-Takers Not To Pose Under "Dangerous" Ice Wall
The icicles could fall at any time.
Canada is home to some pretty spectacular natural wonders, but not all of them are safe. The Middle Cove beach ice wall in Newfoundland is definitely beautiful, but local officials are warning visitors that it could be extremely dangerous. If you're looking to get that one-of-a-kind photo of the frozen water for Instagram, you'll have to be very careful.
Each year, the running water that falls over the cliff at Middle Cove beach freezes solid, and the area is transformed into an icy winter wonderland.
The "magnificent-looking" icicles that form on the cliffside draw visitors from all over the local area, the town's mayor told The Canadian Press.
While the ice wall looks like a scene straight out of the movie Frozen, it's actually considered to be "extremely dangerous" by officials.
It has the potential to be so treacherous that the Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove has put out a falling ice warning to the public, urging people not to get too close.
The local council is concerned with the safety of people at the beach and hopes that visitors will respect their new warning.
The dangers of the waterfall should not be underestimated, as Mayor Hickey confirmed a seven-year-old boy got serious brain injuries after being hit by falling ice in 2019.
While the Mayor admitted he doesn't want people to feel discouraged from visiting this natural phenomenon, he urges photo-takers to keep their distance.
Although the ice wall continues to be open to the public for visits, it's advised that all pictures be taken from further away.
"Ice falls off of that cliff regularly. Depending on the temperature, that makes it even more dangerous," Hickey told the CBC.
Even if it looks solid, there's a chance that icicles could fall off at any time, so follow safety advice and don't get too close.
*Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.