Scenery & Wildlife

Icebergs

The northern tip of Newfoundland is the most accessible region to view such a high number of icebergs.

Starting in late spring – often lasting until mid-summer, massive sized icebergs are common sightings along our coast – which sometimes float right into our harbours.

90% of an iceberg’s mass is below water. Icebergs can often weigh in excess of several million tonnes. The tallest iceberg ever was 550 feet high.

Whales

Our region has the longest whale watching season in North America.

This is due to the immense capelin feeding grounds, which surround our area. Capelin is also the key food of the Atlantic Cod & many other fish.

Don’t miss the spectacular array of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and other ocean mammals. Take a boat tour – or view whales all summer long from Fishing Point (or one of our many regional hiking trails, which follow along the ocean).

Moose

Northern Newfoundland hosts the highest concentration of moose in the world.

Residents enjoy sunset drives to view the spectacular moose population, grazing alongside our roads. The nearby town of Roddickton is known as the official moose capital of the world.

Caribou & coyotes are also very common sightings within Northern Newfoundland’s trails & alongside our roads.

Polar Bears

During springtime, polar bears often visit our town. They are typically migrating to the north seeking food and cooler temps.

This male polar bear stands today in the lobby of Town Hall. In 1984, he was weighed in at 715 pounds and measured 84 inches from the nose to the tail. The age of the bear was not determined and the cause of death is unknown.

The Town Council Museum Committee requested the polar bear be returned to St. Anthony to be mounted and placed on display for public viewing.

Migratory Birds

Flying high above are, give or take, 35 million seabirds, which is why Newfoundland & Labrador is aptly named the seabird capital of North America.

The geographical location of northern Newfoundland allows for many variety of migratory birds.

View Puffins, Terns, Gulls, snowbirds – and many, many more species during your visit.

Flora

Our provincial flower – the insectivorous pitcher plant – can be found, among other wildflowers like rare orchids and plants, in bogs and marshland.

Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve on the Great Northern Peninsula is home to unique and rare flora along a coastline with fantastic limestone topography, which has been eroded by water.

But of all the wonderful surprises our landscape holds, the most delightful just might be our sweet, fresh berries. Try a handful of blueberries, partridgeberries, blackberries, or bakeapples, also known as cloudberries.