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.
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:
1. They Are The Stars Of The Show, So Why Not Take A Northland Discovery Boat Tour & Visit Whales, Seabirds, & Icebergs — St. Anthony
3. Explore The Wild Berries Of Newfoundland’s Pristine Barrens (Varieties Including Bakeapple, Partridgeberry, Blueberry, Squashberry & Crowberry) On A Walking Tour At Dark Tickle Company Grounds And Building — St. Lunaire-Griquet
Learn about the dark tickle products (including jams, syrups, spreads, teas and chutneys) that are made from these hand-picked unique berries.
6. Kick Up Your Heels With Live Local Entertainment And Traditional Newfoundland Cuisine At The Mummers Kitchen Party At Grenfell Historical Properties & Interpretation Centre — St. Anthony
8. St. Anthony, A Wonderful Destination For Recreational Travel.
10. Visit The Hooked Rug Exhibit (Hooked Mats From Quebec’s Lower North Shore). Gain An Appreciation For This Proud Craft Tradition At Grenfell Historical Properties & Interpretation Centre — St. Anthony
11. Attend The Iceberg Art Exhibit Which Showcases Our Provinces Exceptional Talent At The Norseman Art Gallery — L’anse Aux Meadows
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.