Iceberg Alley

In most place its flowers that signal the coming of spring. In Newfoundland and Labrador we have flowers too but we also get icebergs visiting in the spring of the year. This is because we are at the end of Iceberg Alley, an ocean current that brings icebergs from Greenland glaciers and the Canadian arctic down the Labrador Sea crashing into the north coast of the island and out onto the shallow waters of the Grand Banks.

On The Banks they are a risk to shipping, the fishery and the offshore oil industry. This is where the “unsinkable” Titanic struck and iceberg and sank some 300km south east of St. John’s.

Onshore they are a boom to the provinces travel and tourism business. From March to July this is what it looks like around the coast of Newfoundland.