Shrouded in still mist,
glittering in warm sunshine, bathed in bright moonlight, frozen in crisp silence,
embroiled in a raging storm or a fluid stage for the dancing northern lights,you will find
the many moods of the Labrador Sea profoundly moving.
For one of the greatest natural shows on earth try to imagine the magnitude and awesome sight of nearly 2,300 seals on one square km of pack ice, or the thrill of watching a pod of gigantic whales frolicking in the sea as you fly over, or the fun of porpoises, dolphins or whales playing around your boat, or the dizzy sight of 50,000 nesting birds crowded on a tiny island! Needless to say, binoculars are a very real asset on such a holiday.
The Labrador Current, nicknamed 'Iceberg Alley', each year moves about 2500 gigantic crystalline icebergs, calved from the glaciers around Baffin Bay, south to their final demise in the warm Gulf Stream off Newfoundland. Known to reach as high as a 45 story building (with 7/8th of its bulk still underwater), these incomprehensibly large masses drift along the Labrador coast in a majestic parade of shimmering white and luminous turquoise, azure and green.
From Cape Chidley to the Strait of Belle Isle, the Labrador Sea is a fascinating environment, unusually rich in nutrients and sea life. The ten species of whales, five species of seals and an abundance of cod and salmon sustained the native populations for thousands of years and then caught the attention of Europeans about 1500. For several thousand fishermen and whalers from 1500 to 1830 Labrador waters provided food, light and girdle stitfeners for a large part of the world, the geography of the ocean being tar more familiar to these dauntless sailors than that of the land which lay beside it.
The coastal boat or individual boat tours give you the best of
both worlds, treating you to a closeup
You might spend a day cod-jigging, participating in the distinctive
life of coastal Labrador, and savour your