Favorite Canadian Places #1
May 30, 2016

Quirpon island, Newfoundland & Labraodr, CanadaWith Canada's 150 birthday just seven months away, I thought I'd start an occasional  series featuring some of my favorite Canadian destinations.  Over the course of my thirty-year career in photography I've had the good fortune to visit every Canadian province and territory, and while I've experienced favorite moments in every one, some memories have  endured more than others. I'll try to focus on the enduring favourites.  Starting on the Atlantic coast, I'll work my way westward.  I've visited Newfoundland and Labrador more than any other province, so it seems like a good place to begin.    
A few years ago while on an editorial assignment for Coastal Living magazine I had the opportunity to visit Quirpon Island, a small island located at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula.  The island's lighthouse station has been converted into an inn where I spent three idylic days photographing the every-changing landscape.  The lighthouse and inn are perched on cliffs overlooking the Strait of Bell Isle, a perfect location to watch icebergs drifting south on the Labrador current and I was lucky to capture some of my most memorable iceberg images here.  It is also an excellent loction for whale watching and every day we saw humpback whales breeching and slapping their tails playfully on the water while feeding on caplin.  When the fog rolled in you could stand on the cliffs and listen to the eerie sound of whales exhaling as they came up for air. In a province with many awesome destinations for iceberg and whale-watching, Quirpon Island is a stand-out. The great food and hospitality on offer at Quirpon Island Lighthouse Inn is a bonus. Be sure to try some "toutons" and partridgeberry jam. http://www.linkumtours.com/quirpon-lighthouse-inn/    
Captions (top to bottom):  A tour boat amongst the icebergs; The landing at Quirpon Island; A pair of humpback whales come up for air.

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