Twillingate is located on the northeastern shore of NFLD, and is known as the iceberg capital of the World. Unfortunately for us, iceberg season is over for the year, but the views leading up to Long Point Lighthouse were still remarkable. Tourism in the summer is very important to this community of 2500 residents, since the cod moratorium in 1992.
Interesting Fact: 90% of the Icebergs seen from Canada’s coasts originate from Greenland. It takes approximately 2-3 years for an iceberg to reach Newfoundland from Greenland – 1600 nautical miles.
The Long Point Lighthouse currently houses a Titanic Exhibit – very interesting. On April 15, 1912 the Titanic was 600 km south of Newfoundland when it hit an iceberg and eventually sank. 1500 passengers and crew-members perished due to poor judgement by the captain, no emergency training of crew, and not enough lifeboats. It was believed that the Titanic was unsinkable. When you enter the lighthouse, you are given a boarding pass with the name of an actual Titanic Passenger on it. After viewing the exhibit, you are able to look through log books to find out personal details about your passenger, including whether they were one of the survivors.
During our travels, John noticed that a significant number of homes had new siding and windows. He asked a couple local people about whether this was due to damage from a recent hurricane. Both replied that there was no hurricane – it was Alberta money that sided the houses. Unemployment in Newfoundland hovers around 13%, and it is estimated that over 10,000 fly in/out to work in the Alberta Oilsands – for the security of full-time jobs with decent salaries.