Province/Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador

Kayaking amongst icebergs and whales in the North Atlantic Ocean

  • 10,000 year old icebergs
  • 90 per cent of an iceberg is underwater
  • 15 storey high icebergs are the average off Newfoundland

Off the Newfoundland coast in breathtaking Cape Broyle paddle up to an ocean liner-sized iceberg that glints in the summer sun. The air feels noticeably cooler as you approach the turquoise flanks of the icy giant. Shiver as you recall that huge chunks can break off with no warning. In fact, the entire 15 storey high behemoth could roll over and your guide, an experienced member of the Stan Cook Sea Kayaking Adventures team, reminds you to stay an iceberg length away. The sea around you is dotted with small "bergy bits" and larger "growlers" the size of a grand piano. Your guide scoops up a bergy bit, smashes it against his paddle and drops the ten-thousand-year-old piece into a mug of Screech. Your mouth and nostrils fill with the aroma of molasses and wood as the local rum burns all the way down your throat.

Why you should visit
  • Located deep in the heart of the Irish Loop, Cape Broyle is a renowned sea kayak destination.
  • Paddle among the same kinds of icebergs that sank the Titanic - prepare to feel your jaw drop.
  • Explore sea caves and fjords carved by retreating glaciers millions of years ago.
  • Watch puffins diving for dinner at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve where it is estimated there are 260,000 breeding pairs in summer residence - 90 per cent of the entire North American puffin population.
  • Back on land hike the East Coast Trail - 265 kilometres of stunning vistas.
  • Sample beer and spirits made from melted icebergs - the purest water on the planet.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Coastal Kayaking Adventures begin early May and continue to the end of October.
  • Washrooms, changing facilities and other amenities are available at tour headquarters.
  • Tours range from two and a half hour kayaking trips to seven day vacations.
When to go
  • Icebergs are most likely to appear from late May to early July, but there are no guarantees.
  • Whales usually arrive in northern waters in June and their numbers peak in mid-July after which they start heading south again.
  • Sea birds abound from May to September.
Need to know
  • Experience is tailored to people of average fitness, but those with special needs can be accommodated.
  • Majority of participants have no kayaking experience - trips are geared to different levels of fitness and experience - consult the guide.
  • Kayak tours will not run if conditions are deemed unsafe.
  • Bring cameras, sunscreen, sunglasses and rainwear; all other equipment is provided.
Getting Here
  • Cape Broyle is approximately 45 minutes drive south of St. John's International Airport.
  • Car rental services are available in downtown St. John's and at the airport.
  • A daily shuttle bus runs between St. John's and Cape Broyle and pick up can be arranged.