The Town of St. Anthony (population 2,418) is a splendid coastal seaport situated on the northern most reaches of the great northern peninsula. It is one of those few exceptional places on earth that truly transcends hype.
Labrador aside, St. Anthony arguably delivers the finest vantage point in all of NL for iceberg exploration. Each year thousands of these stunning beasts break away from Greenland’s glaciers and are carried along our coastline by the Labrador current.
Even the two Newfs Sebastian and Nieves cannot help but take to the water to get in on the action. Being web footed ocean swimmers doesn’t hurt. Just another day on the water for these gentle giants.
When touring the region, be sure to spend some quality time with them at the Dark Tickle Company. Learn about these amazing animals. We are so proud to call this breed our provincial dog.
To coincide with the annual migration of icebergs, St. Anthony celebrates their Iceberg Festival every June. But don’t let its name fool you, while icebergs are the focal point, this event also offers plenty of other authentic, enriching activities.
Here are but a few:
They Are The Stars Of The Show, So Why Not Visit Icebergs
Learn The Ancient Art Of Brikkevev, Viking Age Tablet Weaving
Explore The Wild Berries Of Newfoundland’s Pristine Barrens
Learn about the dark tickle products (including jams, syrups, spreads, teas and chutneys) that are made from these hand-picked unique berries and witness the transformation process first hand at the award winning and world’s only wild berry économusée.
This Is Also The Land (So To Speak) Of Whales, So A Thrilling Whale Tour Is A MusT
Indulge In The Finest And Freshest Seafood In The World — At Every Turn
Kick Up Your Heels At a Mummers Kitchen Party
Mummering is a long standing folk tradition of dressing up in disguises. No worries if you are shy, it’s not mandatory to dress up to attend the festivities.
Go Ocean Kayaking For Spectacular Up-Close Encounters
Hike, THis is A Wonderful Destination For Recreational Travel
Hike the iceberg alley boardwalk trail, an easy 30 minute jaunt along the edge of Fishing Point Park (Atlantic Ocean). This is an excellent spot to view icebergs.
Attend A Local Beer And Wine Tasting Event And Sample Beverages Made From Iceberg Water And Local Berries
Visit A Hooked Rug Exhibit and gain An Appreciation For This Proud Craft Tradition
Attend An Iceberg Art Exhibit Which Showcases Our Provinces Exceptional Talent
Various mediums will be on display including metal, oil, watercolor, textiles, lino-cuts, rug hooked mats, pewter, prints, and photographs. Artists featuring works include Christine Koch, Brenda McClellan, Sylvia Bendzsa, Gerald Squires, Derek Peddle, Lewis Greenland, Jeanne Foulds, Ray Cox, Brenda Rowe, Janet Davis, Albert Biles and Bill Bartlett.