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RVers experience Twillingate icebergs and ‘bergy bits’

Combine fresh air, a beautiful harbor, picturesque ocean views, whales, dolphins and a historic lighthouse and you’ll have a perfect day on Newfoundland’s Twillingate Islands.

Even better – this is considered to be the absolute best place in the world to see massive icebergs as they flow past in a large corridor of ocean called Iceberg Alley right next to the town of Twillingate.

Icebergs

Don’t think icebergs are just a large piece of ice because they’re not. The different sizes and shapes of each berg are varied with colorful streaks and both old and new waterline notches and may be made up of ice, boulders, tunnels and even caves.

Originally from Greenland, these ancient icebergs were created with pure glacier water and winds and currents push them along about 10 miles a day. Anytime between May and August is the best time to see these majestic icebergs and their accompanying local marine life and seabirds.

Local boat tours are available as well, so there’s no excuse for not taking every advantage to experience something many people never get a chance to enjoy.

With more than 40,000 icebergs breaking away from Greenland’s glaciers, there’s every distinct possibility that visitors won’t miss out on viewing these majestic blocks of ice.

Some years there’s less than others, but it has been known that during a very active iceberg season it isn’t possible to see out of Twillingate Harbor. Photographers will love having the opportunity to record those occasions.

What happens to those mammoth blocks of ice after they flow past Twillingate in Iceberg Alley? Slowly deteriorating, they continue southward for a long distance and have even been known to flow as far as Bermuda, which is extremely unusual, but it has happened.

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(Photo courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission)

Twillingate

The beautiful historic fishing community of Twillingate is made up of the two islands of North and South Twillingate, joined together by a bridge and because of it’s uniqueness visitors travel here from all over the world. For those who seek beautiful scenery and a place to relax this is the place to be.

Located on the northeast coast of Newfoundland on one of Canada’s most beautiful coastlines, Twillingate is easily accessible in an RV with campground facilities along the way as well as Peyton’s Woods RV Park right in Twillingate overlooking the beautiful waters.

For those who enjoy something out of the ordinary, this charming destination can boast that there’s no smog, no traffic and definitely offers a much slower pace of living for those 2,200-plus residents and its many visitors.

Newfoundland even has its own time zone — a half hour ahead of Eastern standard time.

Lighthouses

The rugged coastline, submerged rocks, fog and icebergs made the waters along Newfoundland perilous and so lighthouses were important to the fishermen who fished these waters. One such lighthouse was the Long Point Lighthouse at the northern tip of North Twillingate Islands and today is one of the best places to view icebergs as they drift past.

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(Photo courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission)

Twillingate Dinner Theatre and Culture

Enjoy a traditional meal with tasty homemade vegetable beef soup, a fish dish and homemade bread rolls as you appreciate the summer dinner theatre performance six nights a week at the Twillingate Dinner Theatre from June to September.

Yes, there are art galleries, museums and historic sites to visit, and all are worthwhile and extremely interesting, but the authentic local crafts won’t be found in any of those galleries.

Watch for the famous Newfoundland crazy quilts or hand-knitted sweaters, hats or vamps. Don’t know what vamps are? It’s okay – they’re knitted socks you won’t be able to resist.

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(Photo courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission)

Bergy Bits

There aren’t any sandy beaches here, but there are pebbly beaches where you can find all kinds of shells, old glass, sea urchins and “bergy bits” that wash up on the shore from the icebergs. Take one of these pieces of icebergs and add it to a glass of your favorite beverage and it will quickly make a fizzling sound called “bergy seltzer”, caused by the compressed air trapped in the icebergs.

Extinct Civilization

From 1650 to 1720, the now extinct Beothuk First Nation occupied the area of Notre Dame Bay and the Boyd’s Cove Beothuk Interpretation Centre now sits on the site where significant archaeological findings were discovered.

There’s exhibits, artifacts and outlines of several houses where it’s not difficult to imagine how these people lived in this once thriving community. It’s wheelchair accessible with lots of parking available for RVs and large motor coaches.

Strolling along the groomed walking trails visitors will be led to where the original archaeological dig occurred. Guided tours are available for those who want to learn even more about the interesting Beothuk peoples.

(Photo courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission)
(Photo courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission)

Fish Fun and Folk Festival

Each year during the last full weekend of July, Twillingate comes alive with excitement and entertainment. Celebrations take place all week with lots of food, dances, traditional music and all kinds of family events and fun.

One of Newfoundland’s longest running folk festivals really does celebrate the culture of Newfoundland. Don’t miss the parade that starts off the festival leading to a craft fair, street dancing, fireworks, a children’s show and of course fireworks.

Yes, the potential for viewing icebergs definitely attracts tourists worldwide, but once they arrive visitors find much more.

They discover this picturesque community, a fascinating and lively fish market, characteristic shops, distinctive eateries, wineries, art galleries, scenic views and a wonderful Newfoundland culture. Newfoundland’s Twillingate icebergs should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list.

Resources

Town of Twillingate — townoftwillingate.ca

Twillingate — www.twillingate.com

Peyton’s Woods RV Park in Twillingate: townoftwillingate.ca/business-directory/2846/peytons-woods-rv-park-campground

Newfoundland Labrador — www.newfoundlandlabrador.com

About Carol Ann Quibell

Carol Ann Quibell is an RVer currently living in beautiful British Columbia. She is a freelance writer and columnist who enjoys sharing her travel tips and information. You can view her websites online at http://roamingrv.com and http://writefortravel.com

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