Jumping and Diving Prohibited
Jumping and diving from Covehead Bridge is a dangerous activity that is prohibited by Parks Canada.
Jumping from Covehead Bridge could result in:
· Potentially fatal or life-threatening collisions between swimmers/jumpers and marine vessels.
· Head, neck and spinal injuries from hitting bottom when shallow water conditions exist
· Serious and life-threatening injuries such as cuts, slashes and impalement due to underwater hazards
Covehead is an active fishing harbour and the channel under the bridge is used regularly by both fishing boats and pleasure crafts. There have been a number of near collisions. Tidal fluctuations occurring twice daily result in significant changes in water depth and strong currents. In addition, hazardous underwater features exist, including bridge footings and sharp metal sheathing.
Parks Canada has increased its efforts to discourage this activity by providing updated signage at the bridge and additional messaging in the 2011 PEI National Park visitor guide to clearly communicate that jumping and diving from Covehead Bridge is both dangerous and prohibited by law. Parks Canada is working in conjunction with the RCMP to enforce the prohibition on this activity. There is a set fine of $120 for contravening a Superintendent's Order, while the maximum fine on summary conviction is $25,000.