As of today there is basically no pack ice left south of Cartwright in Labrador. This raises hopes that water temperatures will slowly rise over the next few months, but don't hold your breath.
However, there seems to be a respectable fleet of icebergs starting to head down the Newfoundland coast, and a big fleet in Labrador waters waiting their turn. The Canadian Ice Service has a daily bulletin of iceberg sightings, and a daily map of major iceberg positions.
Today's report show about 10-15 icebergs near St. Anthony, and about another dozen between Baie Verte and Cape Freels. Of greater viewing interest are the 5 bergs currently near Twillingate and New World Island. I would expect some sightings near St. John's within the next 3-4 weeks. However, further south near St. John's the water temperatures are 1-2 degrees warmer than average, which may reduce the size by the time they get to Conception Bay and further southeast.
For those obsessive-compulsives who want to see more ice after a typical Newfoundland winter, the Northeast Coast is a great place to catch them, especially around Twillingate and New World Island. The icebergs are usually larger the further north they are, for some fathomable reason. Also, the complicated coastline and numerous islands trap a surprisingly large number of these behemoths. One spring day I drove around the area, and it was surreal. It was a warm sunny day with small pictureque fishing villages, interspersed with blazing white mountains of water over 20,000 years old. In one cove was a long tabular iceberg with a medium sized ship docked to it, harvesting the ice with the intention of preserving it in alcohol. In another cove we walked along a field and looked down over a little cliff into an iceberg with an internal harbour, and within this cold haven was another smaller iceberg, floating freely! Finally, from one side angle the berg looked like a swan.
For those able within the next month or two, travelling to New World Island is highly recommended. Twillingate lighthouse has a great view of the surrounding waters, and there are two or three boat tours running every summer. If you want to check on any given day, the Tourism offices in that area keep a daily tally of bergs and the general locations. For those less mobile, wait a few more weeks, and hope for white shapes slowly appearing through the fog and drifting towards the Narrows.
Finally, here is an incentive for those who like things big, white, blue, green, and cold.
To give you an idea of size, note the tour boat to the right. This is a small to medium berg, NOT a large one. Blue striations are refrozen meltwater.
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