Thursday, July 21, 2011

West coast of Newfoundland

We have had a great week of exploring the western coast of Newfoundland.  We stayed for 6 days in Gros Morne National Park and then did a quick trip to the very northern most tip of the island to St. Anthony to view some spectacular icebergs.  We are now in the central area of western Newfoundland in the second largest city in the province, Corner Brook.  You can tell its not a populous island when the largest city has a population just over 100,000 and the second largest's population is just over 20,000.  We will be here two nights before heading a bit further south for 2 nights then its back on the ferry to Nova Scotia and our Newfoundland trip will be all over. 

Here are some photos from our recent excursions:

Here is a map of Newfoundland and all the places we have visited or will visit before out trip ends next Monday.  I think we have covered the island tip to tip.
July 14 - Our boat trip into the fiord of Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park - Absolutely stunning fiord.

The large ice sheets and icebergs floating down iceberg alley in St. Anthony.  Yes, that is a fishing boat in the middle and yes, the ice sheets are huge (over 1 mile long).  These are remants of a 64 sq km ice sheet that broke off Greenland and is now breaking up all along the coast of Newfoundland.

This is a "bergie bit" (Angela's favorite new words).  This is a smaller piece of an iceberg that has fractured off and is now grounded against the shore.  We watched this little guy break up just as we sat on the shore.

And of course Matt has to sample a piece of the bergie bit - Actually pretty good and no salty taste whatsoever.

This floating chunk is known as a Growler.  It is a medium sized chunk that has broken off a larger iceberg.  This was taken from our boat ride out onto the Atlantic Ocean.  This growler was still much much larger than our boat and was estimated to be about 120 feet tall.

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