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Ancient giants: iceberg viewing

Iceberg Alley

Ancient giants: iceberg viewing

The expanse of waters that stretch from the coast of Labrador to the northeast corner of the island of Newfoundland is aptly known as Iceberg AlleyExternal Link Title, and is one the best places in the world to see ancient giantsExternal Link Title as they gently float south.

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Icebergs float by the Newfoundland and Labrador coast - Credit: Iceberg Quest

These massive icebergs are towering slabs of 12,000-year-old ice that range in colour from snow white to deep aquamarine and have their own unique shape and size. They can be as small as a boat or as large as an office tower — each iceberg has its own story to tell.

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Stan Cook Sea Kayak Adventures

Take in the icebergs from land, from a boatExternal Link Title, or from up close in a kayakExternal Link Title. Each offers an incredible perspective of these natural wonders and will leave you with memories for a lifetime. Imagine watching rivulets of icy water pour from crevasses, and catching the blue-green flashes of submerged corners of these icy giants just below the water line.

 

If you're lucky, the crew might net small chunks of the iceberg and throw them in your drink. In fact, Newfoundlanders make good use of the icebergs in Iceberg Water, iceberg spirits like Iceberg Vodka, Gin and Rum and, of course, Iceberg Beer brewed in St. John's at the famous Quidi Vidi BreweryExternal Link Title.

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As you cruise the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador in search of ice, you might also encounter playful dolphins, majestic humpback whales, and a variety of birds, like gannets and the fan-favorite puffins. Consider the wildlife viewing a bonus.

 

It's in the spring and early summer that the waters fill up with icebergs, with May and June being peak months to head out and see them.

 

Start planning your date with these monoliths, with the help of Newfoundland and Labrador TourismExternal Link Title.

A long bridge looks pink at dusk
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East Coast Islands  External Link Title

From CAD 5,249 per person (double occupancy)

13 days / 12 nights

Experience the best of Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton and the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador on this Atlantic Canada adventure. Highlights include the red sandstone cliffs of Prince Edward Island, the world famous Cabot Trail and Gros Morne National Park. Atlantic Canada is one of the world’s most popular destinations; the hospitality of the people will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime and the scenic natural beauty will take your breath away!

A bird eye view shows colourful houses that cover rolling green hills near the ocean.
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Mornin’ sunshine! Not only are the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador the first to see the sunrise in North America, they’re also lucky enough to see floating icebergs, spouting whales, and plunging puffins on a regular basis. Pack your shades for the quaint lighthouses, rainbow- colored houses, and other bright sights this tour of Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Witness the exceptional beauty and unique geological features of Gros Morne National Park, walk in the footsteps of Vikings at L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site Red Bay, and immerse yourself in the life of a 16th-century whaler at the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station. A ferry crossing between Newfoundland and Labrador – plus scenic cruises around Bonne Bay and the Witless Bay Islands – offer additional vantage points of this windswept, wondrous land. Don’t forget to toast the stunning sunset with a local iceberg beer or a shot of Screech.

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Great Atlantic Canadian Experience  External Link Title

From CAD 8,723 per person (double occupancy)

23 days / 22 nights

This comprehensive tour features the best of “the Far East of the Western World”.  Travel from the northernmost tip of the island of Newfoundland to the most easterly point in North America through national parks – including Gros Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Learn of ancient peoples – the Maritime Archaic, Vikings, and Basques – as you travel to coastal fishing communities to meet the friendly and hospitable people of today.  Boat tours provide the opportunity to see whales, thousands of seabirds, and, depending on the time of the year, Icebergs!