Saturday 21 October 2017

Tourists flock to Canadian town after large icebergs spotted

A resident views the first iceberg of the season as it passes the South Shore, also known as
A resident views the first iceberg of the season as it passes the South Shore, also known as "Iceberg Alley", near Ferryland Newfoundland, Canada April 16, 2017. Picture taken April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Greg Locke
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Tourists have flocked to a Canadian town in the hope of seeing one of the first icebergs of the season.

Over the Easter weekend, large icebergs washed up near Newfoundland, also known as "iceberg alley" thanks to the large number of ice blocks that drift down from the arctic each spring.

The icebergs are floating near the coastline making them visible for tourists and locals.

Icebergs hold most of their mass underwater, with just the tip of the iceberg protruding, meaning that many run aground when they veer near the coast.

Local business told CBC Radio that tourism has soared since the arrival of the icebergs.

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