Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland is Canada's world famous spot to view icebergs
Iceberg Alley might be one of the best spots in the world for viewing icebergs. It's a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean that runs from the Arctic to Newfoundland and Labrador. Between 400 to 800 icebergs are estimated to flow along this waterway every year.
Around 90 per cent of the icebergs that can be seen along Newfoundland’s shore come from the glaciers of western Greenland, while the rest come from Canada’s Arctic glaciers.
Some of these icebergs are as old as 10,000 years and their annual appearance provides quite a wondrous view for visitors and locals alike. They also range in size, with some reaching as tall as 150 feet.
It was one of these glacial giants that sank the Titanic in 1912, only about 650 kilometres from Newfoundland’s coast.
Even though the icebergs start their journey toward Canada’s eastern coast as early as January, they don't reach Newfoundland until spring time making it the best time for viewing.
The icebergs tend to settle into bays and close to the coast, making it convenient for viewing right from the shore. You can also take a boat excursion.
Boat tours start in April and end in June and are available in all of the popular viewing spots which dot the province’s coastline. Some prime spots for catching sight of these arctic sculptures include Twillingate, St. Anthony, Bonavista, Grates Cove, and St. John's.
You can also kayak. It's guaranteed to be a surreal experience and promises to get you the most up-close to these natural wonders.
The beautiful province of Newfoundland and Labrador offers countless reasons to visit, but the chance to see something as incredible as these icebergs definitely makes it to the top of the list.
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