Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Iceberg Alley, St. Carol's, Newfoundland

Another great Newfoundland place to spot icebergs in recent years
has been the fishing village of St. Carol's,
just east of St. Anthony along the coast of Iceberg Alley.
It is a small community with about 22 houses and a population of 60-70 people.

St. Carol's, Newfoundland

St. Carol's is located in a small cove protected by a breakwater.  
It stands just a few feet above sea level.
Prior to the building of a road in 1970, access to St. Carol's was by boat. 

Rock Face in St. Carol's

Iceberg Aground
St. Carol's

Iceberg in the Cove
St. Carol's

St. Carol's

Because of its closeness to the northern fishing grounds, 
St. Carol's used to be a minor fishing station for the French.
Its population has fluctuated throughout its history, but it has always been a fishing community.

St. Carol's Yard

Terry and Barb on the Hunt

As we continued on our hunt for icebergs along Iceberg Alley
on that summer day on the Great Northern Peninsula,
it was cold 
with a raw wind blowing,
and my sister Bertie still hunkered down in our SUV.

  Headland on North Side of Cove

It's hard to visit a Newfie village without going down on the landwash
the seashore or beach between the low and high tide marks.

Barb and Terry 

Mussels, Sea Urchins, and Driftwood

St. Carol's Iceberg

This is Summer?

A Closer Look

South Side of Cove at St. Carol's

Fishing Village of St. Carol's

After a final look at St. Carol's we headed 
out on the road to a vantage point overlooking the cove.

Winter Sleds

Beautiful Icebergs at St. Carol's

Bunchberries, Shed, and Terry
Near St. Carol's

Woodpiles and Sled

Not much information is available about St. Carol's.
But having lived in Westport on White Bay,
I know that even the most isolated outports have a rich heritage
and warm, welcoming, hard-working people.

I have provided three links below.

1.  Some stories about the community and history of St. Carol's 
     recorded as part of the St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. Oral History Project 2009.

2.  Because I've had more than my share of dogberry wine (in Newfoundland) and Christmas is
     coming, I couldn't resist this You Tube video of a Newfie version of The Night Before Christmas.

3.  Finally, a You Tube video of icebergs at St. Carol's in October, 2011


  1. I'm blown away with the amount of icebergs in the harbour in the last video....truly amazing. The starkness of the landscape accentuates the bleakness of the rocks, beaches and vegetation...even so there is such beauty in these pictures.

  2. I think Newfoundland and Labrador are truly beautiful, but they're not for everyone. I cried when the ferry pulled away from Port Aux Basques for Sydney. The thought of maybe never getting back was killing me - but I will get back! I love these photos! They bring back such wonderful memories!

  3. Oh wow! What a sight. I've never seen an iceberg.

  4. They are magnificent! I've chased them in Newfoundland and Labrador! I count myself among the very lucky! Have a good evening.

  5. Beautiful images! So many fantastic photo opportunities in this area. Those icebergs are amazing. I've actually never seen any.

  6. Thank you! Newfoundland and Labrador are so beautiful and so different, and that makes them fun for photographers! I've been really up close and personal with icebergs in my past, and they are magnificent, cold, and dangerous - especially when they start to melt and to weaken. You don't want to be near a foundering iceberg! Have a good one!

  7. Louise, these photos are great! And bring back so many memories - but as cold as they look ... it was even colder!! I hope we get to chase icebergs together again

  8. I hope so too! It was so much fun!

  9. Beautiful pictures. However one of your pictures (with the green house) is actually taken in St. anthony night, not St. carols.


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