Canada's ‘Iceberg Alley’ Is Drawing Crowds, and You’ll Understand Why When You See It
As icebergs break off the Greenland ice shelf and float down the Atlantic Ocean, the water near Newfoundland and Labrador sees hundreds of the formations float by in the spring and summer, providing tourists with a great opportunity for taking memorable snapshots.
Ferrlyand, Newfoundland is a popular spot, and dozens of tourists flocked there over the weekend to take pictures of one of the first icebergs of the season as it appeared to have become grounded off the coast.
“It's a huge iceberg and it's in so close that people can get a good photograph of it,” Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh told CTV News. “It's the biggest one I ever seen around here.”
This year, 616 icebergs have already made their way down the North Atlantic, compared to 687 by late September of last year, according to CTV News.
The early arrival and abundance of icebergs has caused concern for some scientists and observers, as experts have attributed the early bergs to strong counter-clockwise winds or possibly to climate change.
Visitors to Ferryland can also check out two nearby national parks on the island, both of which are free to the public this year as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. Gros Morne National Park and Terra Nova National Park are both a short drive from Ferryland. The Avalon Wilderness Reserve is also less than 25 miles away from Ferryland.