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Newfoundland's iceberg season has begun

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11:40 AM -

"When it comes to viewing icebergs, this is one of the best places in the world."

That's according to the provincial website of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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"On a sunny day, view these 10,000-year-old glacial giants from many points along the northern and eastern coasts – in every shape and size. With colours ranging from snow-white to the deepest aquamarine," officials add.

And while the icebergs arrive from the Arctic every spring, the awe and magic of these freshwater formations remains new to residents year after year.

"Their sheer size sends the mind racing, and that's not even counting the ninety-percent still unseen below the surface," says Newfoundland's iceberg viewing site. "It was these types and sizes of bergs that sank the infamous Titanic, a mere 400 miles from our coast."

Officials say the best time to view icebergs are during the spring and early summer months, with the "bergs" most plentiful in April and May.

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"As you move north, the season stretches a bit longer," experts say.

Did you know there's an "Iceberg Alley?"

"Iceberg Alley is an area stretching from the coast of Labrador to the northeast coast of the island of Newfoundland," the website adds. "Some of the more popular places from shore, or from tour boats, are (from north to south): St. Lewis, Battle Harbour, Red Bay, Point Amour, St. Anthony, La Scie, Twillingate, Fogo Island, Change Islands, Bonavista, St. John's/Cape Spear, Bay Bulls/Witless Bay, Cape St. Mary's and St. Vincent's. All of these locations are accessible by road. The first four, which are on the coast of Southern Labrador, can be accessed by car ferry from the island of Newfoundland year round."

There's even an Iceberg Festival that takes place every June on the Great Northern Peninsula.

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