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Spring waterfall in Spout Cove

Want to see a nice waterfall on the East Coast Trail? Head over to Stiles Cove Path which is home to no less than 4 of them. April is a good time to see them too because of all the meltwater:

Spout Cove waterfall – Stiles Cove Path

This is Spout Cove Falls, located about halfway between Pouch Cove and Flatrock, that’s about a 7 km hike from Pouch Cove or a 3.5 km hike from the Satellite Road access trail.

There are several viewpoints around Spout Cove, some easy to find, others overgrown and hard to reach. Personally I like to get down to water-level to see what I can find there:

Colourful cliffs of Spout Cove – Stiles Cove Path

Copper-glow algae on the cliffs – Stiles Cove Path

If wave-washed cliffs are not your thing you can obviously get great views from the trail itself too. If you want to take a picture with a ‘waterfall rainbow’ like this, be sure to visit in the late morning:

Spout Cove waterfall – Stiles Cove Path

Spout Cove – Stiles Cove Path

These shots are from a sunny day in April 2013, fond memories!

Predicting the 2019 iceberg season

Early April is a fine time to have a look at the developing iceberg season, so let’s have a look:

Current Iceberg Chart – Canadian Ice Service

Every number on the grid represents the number of icebergs in that area, and as you can clearly see there are many areas absolutely filled with them. This is a very promising iceberg chart!

For now, the numbers are not as high near shore, but in the coming months we can expect ocean currents and wind to push plenty of icebergs into view, and many of them right into our bays and coves, maybe even right below the East Coast Trail

My 2019 prediction: this will be a GOOD year for icebergs.

I’m so happy and not just for you guys but also for me, as Marije and I have already made plans for a visit to Newfoundland this year! 🙂

And yes it is April 1st today, but I wouldn’t joke about something like this: here’s a link to the daily Canadian Ice Service charts.

Tracking the 2019 Sea Ice #4

You may have seen it yourself, the 2019 sea ice almost made it to shore near St. John’s and then the wind blew it all out to sea…

Have a look at the latest ice chart:

Latest sea ice chart – Canadian Ice Service

Sea ice moving offshore does make it easier for the next (and main) attraction of Newfoundland’s ice season, icebergs:

Latest Iceberg Chart – Canadian Ice Service

Look at all those boxes filled with numbers, would you believe they have the power to make me grin from ear to ear?

This will be my last sea ice tracking update of the season, but I’ll definitely keep an eye on all the icebergs coming down from the North! 🙂

Tracking the 2019 Sea Ice #3

This is it folks, after the Great Northern Peninsula and the Kittiwake Coast, sea ice is now closing in on St. John’s, City of Legends:

Current sea ice chart – Canadian Ice Service

As mentioned before, don’t pay much attention to green, yellow, or even orange, it’s the red bits that have the power to transform the landscape…

Right now this most concentrated expanse of sea ice is still offshore, so we need a bit of help from the winds and currents to push it inland. I’ve got my fingers crossed… 🙂

Tracking the 2019 Sea Ice #2

Blue skies in March are good for satellite views of Newfoundland’s sea ice:

Satellite image of Newfoundland’s sea ice – March 2, 2019

It’s a thing of beauty isn’t it, sea ice all along the west coast of the island, as well as a large area of ice north of the island, now blown to the east by strong wind. Here’s what that view looks like on the current Ice Chart:

Current Ice Chart – Canadian Ice Service

If you look closely at both images, you’ll see that the red bits on the chart are the bits worth keeping an eye on, though the orange bits may prove equally photogenic from up close.

Another chart getting more interesting by the day is the Iceberg Chart:

Current Iceberg Chart – Canadian Ice Service

Iceberg numbers near shore are still quite low, but you never know, some of these icebergs may show themselves in the distance if you scan the horizon with your binoculars. 🙂

Tracking the 2019 Sea Ice #1

We’re getting close to the end of February so let’s have a look at Newfoundland’s advancing sea ice. In the coming months I’ll keep an eye on it just like I do every ice season:

Current sea ice chart - Canadian Ice Service

Current sea ice chart – Canadian Ice Service

That chart looks promising doesn’t it? The sea ice is already past St. Anthony, La Scie, Fogo and Bonavista, and in the next few weeks we’ll find out of it reaches St. John’s this year.

I hope it will, there’s nothing like a white horizon to brighten up a hike on the East Coast Trail. If the sea ice doesn’t come to you this year you may want to think about planning a road trip, like I did in the spring of 2011. 🙂

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