Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chasing Icebergs in Newfoundland

It’s almost that time of year again, where icebergs float down the arctic waters along the east coast of North America. During this time, thousands of tourists flock to Newfoundland to look for icebergs and explore local towns.

If you’ve been following our road trip blog, it will come as no surprise to you that Newfoundland is hands down our favourite road trip destination.

We road tripped Newfoundland last summer, and our main mission while on the island was to look for icebergs. Being from the west coast, we’ve never seen an iceberg, and to hear that they just float by the east coast of Newfoundland annually, this we had to see for ourselves.

Travel tip: The best time of year to see icebergs is between May and June, although I've just read that icebergs are already being spotted along the east coast of America. 

Tips for chasing icebergs.

Many tourists opt to go out on boats and look for icebergs in the open waters. This is a great option as you`re able to go further looking for icebergs, and possibility spot whales while out in the water.

If you're more of a budget traveller and want to go looking for icebergs (and even whales) on your own, this is easy to do as well.

Places to spot icebergs:

1. Bonavista

Bonavista is well known as being a great place to spot Atlantic puffins, whales and icebergs. It`s a 3.5 hour drive north of St John`s, but well worth the trek. We spotted several icebergs on our drive up to Bonavista. We didn`t see any whales or puffins, but we spotted some massive icebergs in Bonavista.

Bonavista also holds some amazing historic significance. John Cabot is the first explorer to make landfall in the Americas back in 1497. There`s a statue of John Cabot in Cape Bonavista which marks where he made his historic discovery of North America.

2. Signal Hill

A little closer to St John`s, Signal Hill is also a great place to spot icebergs. Signal Hill is actually an old historic castle that sits atop a hill overlooking the town of St John`s and the harbour below. Years ago it was used to protect the town from intruders. Now it sits as a historic landmark, and a great place to spot icebergs. If you`re patient and sit along the cement wall, you can even spot whales. You do have to sit for a while before you spot one, but it`s a great experience, and an awesome opportunity to take in the scenery around you.

3. Ferryland


While road tripping the island, we ventured down to Ferryland, also known as the Colony of Avalon. We ventured down to Ferryland because it also had some great history significance, and an old/famous lighthouse. We ended up spending some time in Ferryland, and while there, we found a few smaller icebergs floating by the coastal town.

It seems no matter where you are along the east coast of Newfoundland, as long as you`re there during the right time of year, you`ll see an iceberg.

Have you been to Newfoundland before? Share your iceberg story with us below. 

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