Crève Cœur

Crève Cœur

In “A Lecture on Placentia,” LeMessurier refers to this site, explaining how by that time it was apparently known as Privaceur Point although it was originally “Crève Cœur.” Since that time, this part of the coast is known again as Crève Cœur, the Heart breaking point.

Was it just the curious shape of the cliff or rock that resembles a broken heart that gave it this name or was there something else? Like other parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, lore and legend bestow meaning and mystery to the area known as Crève Cœur. Legend speaks of how, during the 1600s, a French soldier fell in love with a local woman (Crève Cœur was the site of a military battery). It was as Crève Cœur where they would meet every week. One sad day, the love was broken when the soldier revealed he was to return to France to someone waiting there for him. And despite her pleading to return with him and for their love to not be broken, her words were mute. And so, with a broken heart, legend speaks of how she hurled herself from the cliff to die on the beach below. Is it her cries that are heard echoing amidst the rocks and cliffs as the waves crash on shore?

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