Iceberg & Whale Tours

Icebergs and Whales

 

Every year in June and July, massive icebergs drift south from Baffin Bay in the Labrador Current, and make spectacular viewing along the most northerly regions of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is at Cape Bauld, a landmark lighthouse station on Quirpon Island, where first contact is undeniably made with these floating giants.

Iceberg tours with The Big Blow Bed & Breakfast, Quirpon, Nl.
Iceberg looming in the fog, Quirpon Island, Newfoundland
Have you ever tasted iceberg ice?
Captain Boyce Roberts
Cape Bauld Lighthouse, Quirpon Island, Newfoundland

Meet Your Captain

 

This is Capt. Boyce Roberts, a fifty-year veteran of piloting and navigating small fishing vessels in and around the waters of Quirpon Island. His expertise and knowledge of this area has, without question, been gained from a lifetime on the sea as a full-time inshore fisherman.

The icebergs and whales you'll encounter on your photo-shoot will provide you with unbelievable entertainment, while your questions and comments are readily addressed by Capt. Boyce. Your safety and satisfaction are paramount.

Whale-watching just a few minutes from The Big Blow Bed & Breakfast
Humpback whale feeding near the shore

Quirpon Island Lighthouse

 

Built in 1962 of iron and cement to replace the older standing structure, local fishermen in the town of Quirpon were employed to aid in the construction. Two of these men were William F. Bartlett and his uncle, Joshua Bartlett. After coming up with, and carrying out an ingenious plan to topple the former lighthouse, they and the rest of the workers then began the groundwork.

 

This is the farthest point north in Newfoundland, Cape Bauld on Quirpon Island, 2003
Cape Bauld on Quirpon Island is the most northerly point in Newfoundland, Canada, 2003

A little known fact is that 50 year-old Joshua Bartlett was exclusively given the job of tipping the big cement bucket, a position he held until the lighthouse was completed. It has been said that he literally wore his fingers to the bone, such that his co-workers found them difficult to look at.

Joshua Bartlett and his son, Wayne Bartlett, 1958
William F. Bartlett, c.1958

Today, the lighthouse is unmanned but still in operation. Visitors from all over the world flock to Quirpon Island Lighthouse Inn for the remoteness and rugged beauty, and to witness the great iceberg and whale migrations.

And now, with luxury accommodations at The Big Blow Bed and Breakfast ensuring you the best in modern comfort and convenience, your 3-mile boat tour to the north end of Quirpon Island will be nothing short of mind-blowing. We program our 6-person tour for an hour or so, pointing out birds, seals, dolphins and whales, but sometimes our guests want to stay out longer. Some want to visit the lighthouse and be picked up from the island a few hours later before returning to Quirpon and The Big Blow for the night. We have no set schedule for departure or arrival; we're pretty much ready when you are.  - Wayne

Captain Boyce and his dock, just a stone's throw from The Big Blow Bed & Breakfast
Map of Northern Newfoundland, and how to reach Quirpon Island

Quirpon Island

Cape Bauld lighthouse on Quirpon Island, Newfoundland