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Twillingate, Newfoundland: A Great Destination for Hiking & Icebergs

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One of the best places in the world to enjoy the combination of hiking and iceberg viewing is in Twillingate, Newfoundland.

The very best time for viewing icebergs is in May but depending on the year they can linger into July. Every year is different, depending on how many icebergs calved off the west coast of Greenland a year or two previous – and how quickly they moved. I was lucky to visit in 2014, as it was a banner year for icebergs. Before you visit, check IcebergFinder for the location of icebergs.

Multiple icebergs in Iceberg Alley at the end of June

Multiple icebergs in Iceberg Alley at the end of June

If you drive about 15 minutes northwest from Twillingate along Highway 340, past the Town of Crow Head you will come to the Long Point Lighthouse. Around here, there are numerous hiking trails, with all of them offering fantastic views.

The Long Point Lighthouse – Lower Head Trail descends from the parking lot and heads west past rugged cliffs towards Sleepy Cove. If you walk for several miles in a westerly direction, you’ll be rewarded with superb views of Crow Head. Look for root cellars too on this part of the trail. In total, allow a few hours for hiking and exploration.

All the trails near Long Point Lighthouse are spectacular

All the trails near Long Point Lighthouse are spectacular

Sea urchins dropped by birds at the top of a cliff

Sea urchins dropped by birds at the top of a cliff

Newfoundland's outstanding coastal scenery

Newfoundland’s outstanding coastal scenery

Sleepy Cove near Twillingate, Newfoundland

Sleepy Cove

Crystal clear ocean near Twillingate

The ocean is crystal clear in this area

A boat tour checking out the icebergs

A boat tour checking out the icebergs

Small bits of icebergs

Bergy bits galore

Small bits of icebergs

Looks bloody cold doesn’t it

There's a huge fog bank offshore near Twillingate

There’s a huge fog bank offshore

Heading for the Long Point Lighthouse

Heading for the Long Point Lighthouse

If you take off in an easterly direction from the Long Point Lighthouse, you will reach Horney Head Cove in 4.6 kilometres and Cuckold Point in 5.4 kilometres. This section of trail is difficult so for the round trip you should count on 3 – 4 hours, especially if you’re interested in some time to sit and admire the sight of icebergs drifting by. Great views of Twillingate Harbour can also be seen on this hike.

Views near the Long Point Lighthouse

Views near the Long Point Lighthouse

Other hiking choices accessible east of Twillingate include the 6 – 8 kilometre hike to French Beach and Spiller’s Cove. The hike offers views of sea stacks, a hole in the wall and more of the exceptionally beautiful, rugged coastline.

The other option in this area is to do the 7 -8 kilometre Codjack’s Cove Trail. Interesting rock formations, sea stacks and beautiful beaches await.

There are several days worth of hiking in the Twillingate area

There are several days worth of hiking in the area

Twillingate is located 110 kilometres north of Gander, via Highways 330 and 331 off the Trans-Canada Highway. In the town there are lots of B&B’s to choose from; we stayed at the friendly Paradise B&B. Not only did it offer great views of the harbour from its perch, but Mildred the owner made to die for Molasses Buns for breakfast. And for dinner we had the most memorable meal of our two week trip – lobster salad and partridgeberry crumble at the Canvas Cove Bistro.

Don’t miss the Crow’s Nest Cafe en route to the lighthouse. The food is excellent and views are expansive.

A lobster salad I still dream about

A lobster salad I still dream about

For memorable hiking and a chance to see icebergs up close, you can’t beat a trip to Twillingate, Newfoundland.

And if you love kayaking, then book a tour so you can see icebergs at eye level. Read about my kayaking experience here.

Have you ever seen an iceberg?

Twillingate, Newfoundland: A Great Destination for Hiking & Icebergs

Leigh McAdam

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  • Twillingate is a place that I definitely want to visit at some point. We were in Newfoundland a couple of years ago but in August so too late for icebergs. We might have to go for the May long weekend some time in order to see the icebergs – or I’ll have to wait until Emma’s done school! Love your photos!

  • Cindy says:

    I need to get back to this end of the world – it’s been a long time and we didn’t get to see any icebergs! Looks like your day here was idylic. Such lovely pictures!

  • Sophie @ Sophie's World says:

    No end to the gorgeous scenery in Newfoundland…! May noted as the best time :)

  • I have always had a soft spot in my heart for icebergs. Perhaps it is because I like ice as it keeps my beer cold when camping, and my mind extends that appreciation to giant floating bergs in the water. I love the contrast of the white ice with the deep blue water.

    • Newfie Girl says:

      Travelling Ted, you are in luck as they make a beer in Newfoundland using water from the icebergs, called Iceberg Beer made at the Quidi Vidi Brewery. And the bottle is the most beautiful blue :)

  • I don’t know much about Newfoundland but what an absolutely beautiful place. Those icebergs must be quite a sight to see in person. I’ve seen icebergs in Alaska but I don’t remember them looking as huge. I may be dreaming about that lobster salad too :)

  • Danielle says:

    This is my home :) glad you all enjoyed your time. I live next to the crows nest!

  • Rachel says:

    so beautiful will try to go and visit :)

  • Peggy Linfield says:

    living in Twillingate.. I think It should be made clear … We dont always have 100s of icebergs all summer long . 2014 was a VERY RARE year.. Some years we maybe get just 3 or 4 that stay for a couple of weeks ..if we r lucky .. other years we dont have any..;( When they show up it an act of God … yes u can track them u r in the area and if u r lucky the wind and tide doesnt take off shore … i just was like people to know its a bit of a crap shoot …. so people r not too disappointed if u come and u miss them…
    We would still love to see u all … Twillingate is beautiful with or without the icebergs … Icebergs r just a bonus …;)

    • @Peggy I do know that I lucked out in 2014. Thanks for pointing out how rare they actually are. I do think people should check out the iceberg tracker before they come. I love your part of the world!

  • nelleke says:

    we were in newfoundland in 2015 and were very Lucky and saw plenty icebergs, this year 2016 we are returning in the hope to see more whales

  • Linda says:

    My husband and I are planning a 3 week trip to NFLD mid June-early July, we are driving up from Windsor,On. We have plans to visit with my family in Stephenville before venturing out on our beautiful journey to Gros Morne National Park for 3 nights, then to Lanse’ Aux Meadows, Twillingate and St.Johns. I personally have never been further than Corner Brook and my husbands furthest travels have been as far as Montreal. We would love it if anyone could send us names of places that would be along our travel route that would be worth stopping off into, also we love camping (tent) can you recommend somewhere in Twillingate and maybe St.Johns. During our trip we also want the boat tour for whale watching and seeing the ice bergs, recommended names and #’s for booking would greatly be appreciated. We want this trip to be as fun filled and adventurous as possible as this trip is to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Thank You to all who help.

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