A leisurely drive through the small communities that dot the shoreline of Iceberg Alley in spring and early summer practically guarantees an iceberg sighting or two. And if you get really lucky, you won't need to bother hopping aboard a tour boat or peering through binoculars for a better view. Below is a selection of photos of some of the biggest ...
The Coolest Videos of...
Big waves, whales, icebergs, seabirds, moose - you get the picture. In the May 2013 issue, we explore some of the very best places to spot icons of Newfoundland and Labrador. Below is awesome video footage of some of our iconic treasures.
On windy days, the shores of Middle Cove Beach on the Avalon Peninsula are lined with folks eager to see amazing wave action. But in 2010, some wave watchers got
Join the High-tech Treasure Hunt
How do you get techie geeks interested in wilderness hikes and outdoorsy types interested in computer science? Introduce them to geocaching.
Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt that spans the globe. Geocachers all over the world hide simple "treasures" in the great outdoors, use a global positioning system (GPS) to mark the coordinates, then post those coordinates online so other geocachers can seek out their cache.
Usually, a cache is a container filled
8 Must-Trek Trails in NL
With its mountainous terrain and spectacular ocean views, Newfoundland and Labrador is a hiker's paradise. The only frustration hikers might encounter (besides wearing out their hiking shoes in short order) is choosing which trail to conquer next. To that end, Downhome has compiled a list of 8 must-trek trails for every hiker exploring Newfoundland and Labrador. Of course, with beautiful vistas around every corner, the following hikes are just a starting point for the great
Trout River Pond: A Magical Place
In a glaciated valley between the Tablelands and the Gregory Plateau lies Trout River Pond, a stunning 15 km former fjord containing ancient geological history. A rigid-hulled inflatable boat takes tourists and locals for tours of the pond, including the geological features that led to the park's designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And, unlike nearby Western Brook Pond, Trout River Pond has accessible shorelines where the boat is able to stop for shore visits when conditions permit. For the full story, check out "The Magical Place" by Dennis Flynn, in the May 2012 issue of Downhome.
And check out this video by Ocean Quest Adventures.
According to ancient Irish legend, St. Brendan spent seven years exploring the North Atlantic in a small boat made of animal hide, searching for new lands to spread the Christian faith. He eventually found an island filled with fruit and precious gems, then returned to tell the tale that has survived many generations and about 1,500 years.
The Irish who first settled on this small island in Bonavista Bay likely
Watch our Zip-cam!
In the January issue of Downhome, Lin Crosbie Marshall shares her harrowing experience watching her daughter zoom across Steady Brook gorge via Marble ZipTours zip line. Her daughter, Kami, was good enough to document her wild ride, clutching a video camera as she went.
Click the following links to watch Kami's thrilling "zips!"
Click here to watch lead guide Greg Pike's zip line ride.
What extreme adventures have you had? Click here to submit your videos to Downhome.
Haven't experienced the thrill of dog sledding? Click here to check out this video and watch part of one dog sledding excursion, offered by My Newfoundland Adventures on Newfoundland's west coast. For more information about this truly Canadian adventure, check out the February 2009 issue of Downhome magazine.
Cain's Quest 2008
The third annual Cain's Quest, held March 9-14, 2008, was deemed another success. At the starting line in Labrador City, 27 teams from eastern Canada and the U.S. lined up, ready to test their mettle in the longest snowmobile endurance race in Canada - 2,000 km of ungroomed powder, over hills and valleys, across lakes and bogs, and in extreme cold and snow conditions. It's an extreme challenge and this year 13 teams failed to