Huge iceberg towers over Canadian town


Meanwhile, Ferryland is bracing itself for more icebergs.

Iceberg viewing in Ferryland, on Newfoundland's Southern Shore brought traffic on the highway to a halt as people stopped to take in the spectacle.

The massive ice mountain is visible from the shore in Ferryland on the Canadian east coast.

A new natural attraction drew scores of tourists to a small town of around 500 people in Newfoundland, Canada over Easter weekend.

Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh told the Canadian Press on Monday (17 April) that the iceberg looks grounded and could stick around for a while. He added that it was the biggest one he had seen around the area so far and was hopeful that more would follow soon.

"It's not moving out of there unless this winds stay up for another while, because [the iceberg's] right in on the shallow ground", he said.

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Gabrielle McGrath, a U.S. coast guard commander, said that a series of storms had caused more icebergs to break off than usual.

The icebergs are great for tourism, and this year has been particularly busy.

The area off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador is colloquially known as "iceberg alley" thanks to the large number of ice blocks that drift down from the arctic each spring.

Experts are attributing the increase in uncommonly strong counter-clockwise winds that are drawing the icebergs south, and perhaps also climate change, which accelerates the process by which chunks of the Greenland ice sheet break off and float away.

Kavanagh reminded iceberg-watchers to be safe along the cliffs when trying to take photos. This year, there's been a big uptick in icebergs traveling through what is knows as "iceberg alley".