Iceberg Hunting In The Capital
June in St. John's means icebergs! A sparkling spring parade of 10,000 year-old towering icebergs unfolds every year in a beautiful clutter of pristine white and azure blue. Here within, we give you some notable locations to spot these majestic giants:
1. Signal Hill
One of 167 National Historic Sites, Signal Hill is part of Parks Canada, the oldest national parks service in the world. This historic site celebrates the rich communications and military history of Signal Hill and sits amidst a spectacular view of St. John’s, the sea and, in season – icebergs!
2. Cape Spear
Perched on a rugged cliff at our continent’s most easterly point lies Cape Spear Lighthouse – the oldest surviving lighthouse in the province and an iconic symbol of Newfoundland and Labrador’s mariner history. Cape Spear will overload your senses with ocean vistas of crashing waves, feeding whales and majestic icebergs!
3. The East Coast Trail
The East Coast Trail offers a range of wilderness hiking and walking paths from easy to strenuous that include geographical wonders such as towering cliffs, fjords, sea stacks, rock arches and even a wave-driven fresh water geyser called the Spout. Headlands offer spectacular views of our coastline and bring you up close to whales, sea birds and of course, icebergs!
4. Quidi Vidi
Just minutes from downtown St. John’s is the picturesque village of Quidi Vidi, a destination within a destination. The old fishing stages, slipways, narrow laneways and a small harbour known as The Gut, all add to it’s charm. Explore The Gut by boat or skirt it on foot for a chance to see icebergs in the spring!