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Jonathan Parsons
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Icebergs have arrived in Bonavista and Trinity Bays

Icebergs are making their way down the coast a little earlier this year, and the view from Cape Bonavista is now full of these icy wonders.

The icebergs that float down the Labrador current for the enjoyment of spectators everywhere in Newfoundland are formed when large chunks of ice break off from glaciers further north. It is common to see an iceberg run aground, due to their immense size under the water, or fissure and break up on their journey south with the current.

Bonavista Mayor Betty Fitzgerald said Monday there were seven or eight icebergs off Cape Bonavista.

“There’s a couple of small ones and one big one close by, but there’s a huge one off in the distance.”

She said during her travels on the weekend she saw many different icebergs in Bonavista Bay off route 235.

And it’s bringing in traffic early in the 2014 tourist season as people flock to Iceberg Alley to catch a glimpse of the bergs.

“There was some traffic on Cape Bonavista Road (Sunday),” said Fitzgerald. “There were people down there from all other areas who came here to see icebergs,” she said.

People are using social media and iceberg trackers to find out where the icebergs are and then they proceed to go out to find them..

“They’re a great tourist attraction,” said Fitzgerald. “It’s wonderful to have icebergs because that’s going to bring more people to our area.”

The icebergs are not just good news for Bonavista.

“We’ve got them all over this peninsula,” she said. “I heard they’ve got them over in Elliston, Trinity Bay North, up around the bay area, they’re everywhere.”

On Sunday, there was an added bonus to the icebergs and sunshine.

“We could see seals out there yesterday because we had the binoculars and we looked,” said Fitzgerald. “You could see seals moving on the ice down Cape Bonavista.”

Geographic location: Bonavista Bay, Elliston, Trinity Bay North

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