Springtime brings a parade of icebergs to Newfoundland and Labrador, and the result is truly a wonder of nature.
Motoring around the sea, you spot a towering block of ice floating quietly along. As you approach, the craggy ice becomes larger and more defined, until you’re overwhelmed by its size, definition, and mix of brilliant colors. The sight is absolutely mesmerizing.
Iceberg spotting may have first caught your attention when images of a huge iceberg in Newfoundland and Labrador went viral in 2017. But iceberg chasers have long known that this is the place to come to experience a parade of frozen floats. That’s because icebergs take up residence off the coast of this Canadian province every year. Even better, it’s easy to get a view of these icy behemoths that’s truly unforgettable.
Here’s what you need to know.
The stretch of rugged coastline from Battle Harbour in Labrador to the southeast coast of Newfoundland has been dubbed “Iceberg Alley” for the sheer number of icebergs passing through. In 2019, hundreds of icebergs drifted past the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador, and some make it as far as the colorful seaside capital St. John’s.
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But you can also see icebergs from land. In Labrador, some good vantage points include Battle Harbour, Red Bay, and Point Amour, which are all accessible by car ferry from Newfoundland. On the northeast coast of Newfoundland, you can watch the drifting ice from the boardwalk in St. Anthony, a.k.a. the Iceberg Alley Trail, or take in the view from the small community of La Scie, tucked between White Bay and Notre Dame Bay. On the opposite side of Notre Dame Bay, Twillingate is another popular viewing destination. Further east, Fogo Island and Change Islands offer clear view of nature’s pageantry. And near the province’s pretty capital, St. John’s, you can catch some of the action at the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, which sits on the most easterly point in North America, or in the nearby fishing communities of Bay Bulls and Witless Bay.
Learn more about iceberg spotting—and everything else to do in this gorgeous Canadian province—at NewfoundlandLabrador.com.
Looking for bergs? Visit IcebergFinder.com for alerts and real time iceberg locations from April to September every year.
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