Blog Archives

Icebergs dominate the coastline on the tip of Great Northern Peninsula

As ice remains a pressing problem for our fishers, with delays in the opening of some of our fisheries, it also sets the expectation that this will likely be another banner year for icebergs on the Great Northern Peninsula. It is always fascinating to see the number of people travelling to L’Anse aux Meadows, St. Lunaire-Griquet, St. Anthony, Goose Cove, Conche and Englee to get incredible close up views of icebergs.

In 2011, we had the Peterman Ice Island land here in Goose Cove. An incredible sight!

DSC_0633

 

Yesterday, I walked along the shores of my own community of Green Island Cove. It reminded me of a Fall vacation to Iceland, with glaciers and the magnificent sight of ice break-up on a day without a draft of wind.

A little further North on the Peninsula in St. Lunaire-Griquet and surrounding areas, icebergs have their full presence. They are right on time, given the Annual Iceberg Festival begins in on June 6th and lasts until the 15th.  You can visit the Facebook “The Iceberg Festival” where the photos below were taken (Photo credit T. Burden) www.facebook.com/IcebergFestival

The Great Northern Peninsula is coined as “Iceberg Alley”. You’ll want to be here during the 9 day festival (Schedule at http://theicebergfestival.ca), but it not be sure to visit throughout the Iceberg Season! The Great Northern Peninsula will not disappoint.

Live Rural NL –
 
Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North
@MitchelmoreMHA

A Summer of Icebergs – The Giant Ice Island moves to St. Lunaire

The Giant Ice Island has moved to St. Lunaire, NL. I ventured to the Town of St. Lunaire-Griquet Friday evening hoping to catch a glimpse of the Petermann Ice Island. When driving into the Town at Tip of the Great Northern Peninsula you see the magnificent reams of white ice mountains contrasting with the grey rocky hills in the habour. Most of the images I captured were smaller bits as the larger images were blocked by the hilly landscape and I was unable to find the trail known as the Camel Hump. There was a sign, but I did not see any direction or place for parking. I took my Honda Civic over a dirt road until she was about to scrape bottom. I continued by foot up a steep hill, but had no success in catching an up close glimpse.

Jeffrey Curtis had uploaded a video on YouTube of the “The Petermann ice island, located 4 Miles off St Lunaire harbor” which I’ve embedded below. It is just an incredible intact piece of ice.

I did manage to see some smaller icebergs scattered throughout the harbour from a distance. They appeared to be blocking the harbour.

Imagine being able to look out your kitchen window or sit on the deck and enjoy a cup of Dark Tickle tea or coffee and taking in this view. Another wonder of Life on the Great Northern Peninsula!

The Great Northern Peninsula is the place to be this summer season if icebergs are on your bucket list. They are truly a wonder.

Take route 436 – it will lead you to the bergs, but also Norstead – Viking Village & Port of Trade, L’Anse Aux Meadows World UNSECO Heritage Site, The Dark Tickle Company, Raleigh Historic Village, French Oven and Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve. You can dine experience Fine Dining at the Norseman Restaurant & Gaia Art Gallery, sophistication and specialty seafood at The Daily Catch, great food for the whole family at excellent prices can be found at Northern Delight Restaurant and for those on the run, Snow’s Take-Out can serve up some tasty chicken and chips. There are many little shops en route to purchase carvings, jams, preserves, knitted items, hooked rugs and other local lore. There are many B&B’s, campgrounds, motel, cabins and heritage properties available to appeal to any type of traveller.

I would highly recommend spending a few days on this part of the Peninsula. A few hours simply is not enough to experience the sights, sounds and wonder of it all. This was my 6th visit on Route 436 this summer season!

Live Rural NL –

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

Twitter/LiveRuralNL

St. Anthony, NL Boasts Largest Concentration of Icebergs!

The “proof is in the pudding“! According to IcebergFinder.com,  the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula has the greatest number of icebergs present in Newfoundland & Labrador with the largest concentration being St. Anthony. Don’t believe me – see for yourself:

Image taken from www.icebergfinder.com on June 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

A closer look:

Image taken from www.icebergfinder.com on June 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

For frequent iceberg updates in Newfoundland & Labrador, visit Iceberg Finder.com. You can sign up to get alerts directly to your email. A great resource for those wishing to get a view of a berg!

CBC posted an article that notes in St. Anthony, “One of the icebergs is more of an ice island, about 600 metres long. It used to be part of the 251-square kilometre chunk of ice which broke off the Petermann Glacier in Greenland in August 2010.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/07/15/nl-iceberg-great-year-715.html

If you’d like to get an up close and personal view, take Northland Discovery Boat Tours (www.discovernorthland.com)  located near the Grenfell Interpretation Centre. I’ve been on the tour twice myself and truly have been amazed. On both occasions, I have seen whales. On one tour, the whale breached out of the water. I may have to take another trip soon to see this ice island!

The icebergs are marvels of nature. Come to the Great Northern Peninsula and experience them up close and in person.

Live Rural NL

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

%d bloggers like this: