“Find Iceberg Alley” Recalculating….

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Peaches Road, NL May 4, 2014 Six icebergs of various sizes and shapes. Route 70 North.

*** Version 2.0 after Christina Hicks emailed me some great pictures after meeting her several times as we were taking pictures that day.

Icebergs by Christina Hicks (5)
Iceberg pictures by Christina Hicks

Iceberg Alley is the nickname given to the area of Newfoundland most frequented by icebergs each spring. Twillingate is probably most well known but the Alley is actually the whole northern coastline of the province and can include many bays and harbours.

It starts around St. Anthony and  they meander past St. John’s.

2017 Edit: I used to use icebergfinder.com but realized it was not accurate due to some icebergs actually being so far off shore they could not be seen from shore or accessed by tour boats. I initially tried to post information to them by providing photos with locations but after a year of rejection, I started my own facebook group. Simply post current icebergs with locations or follow the group to see what others have found. It’s worked remarkably well due to a demand for accurate information and success of members seeing icebergs thanks to member posts.

Best suggestion, use a variety of sources, but of course, I now have a bias to this one. Newfoundland Iceberg Reports on Facebook because it is accessed instantly by members who see bergs all around the province rather than dependent on Monday to Friday data entry.

I take a screen shot of the Iceberg finder report for the day, in this case, May 4, 2014 when picking a destination.
I take a screen shot of the Iceberg finder report for the day, in this case, May 4, 2014 when picking a destination.
A Google map screen shot helps me figure out if there are actually any roads to access these icebergs!
A Google map screen shot helps me figure out if there are actually any roads to access these icebergs!

It’s not an Alley at all!

It’s a super highway.

Especially this year.

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Iceberg in Upper Island Cove. Our first flying visit. We’ll be back!

The first time we ‘discovered’ Grates Cove was about 15 years ago on a July 15. I remember the date, because it was the latest I’d ever seen an iceberg. The iceberg was massive and miles off but gave me a boost of energy that can’t be explained, must be experienced. In addition to the iceberg, we saw whales in Bay de Verde and several other areas of Route 70 as we descended the Baccalieu Trail.

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I think this was in Blackhead, NL or certainly in that area. The land I was standing on was posted as For Sale.

With lots of iceberg reports on Facebook and other media, I picked Grates Cove as a destination for a Sunday drive. I even proposed we do it in the opposite direction from our traditional route so I could get the ocean on the passenger side all the way. I knew at some point, staying “stop the car” wouldn’t work so I’d be shooting pictures out at dirty window.

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A dirty window shot at 80 km. Icebergs in Newfoundland.

Following the TransCanada Highway from Gander to the Avondale turn off, we visited numerous communities and quickly realized we had miscalculated. There were way more than we expected and we were running out of time.

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The Lookout south of the Grates Cove turn off on Route 70. The black ‘cloud’ on the right of the first iceberg is a large flock of seabirds.

 

Icebergs by Christina Hicks (10)
How Christina Hicks captured it!

We didn’t have enough time to do the nooks and crannies and try various roads to get multiple angles. I spent most of the day with Leo telling me to get back in the car if I was planning to ever get to Grates Cove. Once we got to Grates Cove for a great supper feed of homemade soup and crab etouffée it was suddenly after 5 o’clock and we had a 500 km drive home!

Butternut Squash soup and Caesar salad, Courtney's Comfort Kitchen at Grates Cove Studio, NL
Butternut Squash soup and Caesar salad, Courtney’s Comfort Kitchen at Grates Cove Studio, NL
Grates Cove Studio, Newfoundland and Labrador
Grates Cove Studio, Newfoundland and Labrador, is a former school transformed into a eatery and art studio. Local musicians also entertain here for special events.
Iceberg in Grates Cove foundered (rolled and therefor changed shape) the night before!
Iceberg in Grates Cove foundered (rolled and therefor changed shape) the night before!

We only counted two of the three we saw in Ochre Pit Cove. The third one was too small. I didn’t even have time to go to see the Salty Sea Cottages shown in multicolours to the right of this picture. Next time this will be a two day trip and we’ll stay there.

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Icebergs near Ochre Pit Cove, NL. Salty Seas Cottages has a great view for whale and iceberg watching.

Before we got to the Grates Cove turn off, we knew Red Head Cove and Bay de Verde were being sacrificed on this adventure. Too many icebergs, too little time!

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5 large icebergs in Broad Cove, NL May 4, 2014
Icebergs by Christina Hicks (6)
At this point, I asked the lovely Christina Hicks if she’d consider sending me some of her pictures. Thanks Christina! You rock!

My pictures don’t do justice to the majesty of the day but they do represent the quantity. In many places we could see eight or ten icebergs in a panoramic view. Down the road, we might see two or three from the previous vista and more new ones.

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We had a great day. 1000 km, over 50 medium or large icebergs and that many small ones too. I did meet two people with telephoto lenses so am hoping they might see this post when they come across my card again and perhaps share a good shot or two.

AND CHRISTINA HICKS DID! Thanks again.

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Remembering, that trip years ago as we drove home in the dark,   I remember we got home at midnight that time…….Oops.

Apparently this day trip is really a two day trip.

Recalculating….

New Melbourne, NL. Getting these pictures from Christina Hicks was like reliving the great day.
New Melbourne, NL. Getting these pictures from Christina Hicks was like reliving the great day.

 

And a couple of video treats.

Iceberg on New Melbourne point

Somewhere between here and Grates Cove on Route 70 North

 

 

 

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