An­other At­lantic Cana­dian fes­ti­val floats by

Northern Pen - - Editorial - Cindy Day Weather Wise Cindy Day is the chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist for SaltWire Net­work.

I moved to the Mar­itimes al­most 20 years ago when I left my home in On­tario to work in Hal­i­fax. Many have said, “that’s not nor­mally how it goes;” it usu­ally flows the other way.

The neigh­bours on ei­ther side of me in down­town Ottawa were from At­lantic Canada and I re­call how en­vi­ous they were when I told them I was head­ing for the East Coast. At the time I didn’t re­ally get it. I do now.

I can’t even be­gin to list what it is I love most about this re­gion. The list would go on for­ever and I would be afraid to for­get some­thing, but first and fore­most, it’s the peo­ple. I was told to ex­pect warm hos­pitable folks and you did not dis­ap­point. A close sec­ond might be the fes­ti­vals: there is al­ways some­thing go­ing on.

While June 1 was the start of hur­ri­cane sea­son in the At­lantic, it was also the first day of the Ice­berg Fes­ti­val in St. An­thony, N.L.

For the unini­ti­ated, the Ice­berg Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the com­ing of spring in the north and the an­nual ar­rival of ice­bergs. As is the case with most fes­ti­vals, you’ll find won­der­ful mu­sic, great food, entertainment, his­tory, cul­ture, great hos­pi­tal­ity and, of course, ice­bergs. This is the 10th an­nual and it takes place from June 1 to 10.

Did you know that there are six of­fi­cial size clas­si­fi­ca­tions for ice­bergs? The small­est ones are called “growlers” and they’re a lit­tle smaller than a car.

The next size up is a “bergy bit” (how adorable), which is about the size of a house.

The re­main­ing four size cat­e­gories are less de­scrip­tive: small, medium, large and very large. A very large ice­berg mea­sures more than 70 me­tres high and 200 me­tres long.

Not only are ice­bergs fas­ci­nat­ing, they are ed­u­ca­tional, too. Ice­bergs can serve as tools for sci­en­tists, who study them to learn more about cli­mate and ocean pro­cesses.

This fes­ti­val is 10,000 years in the mak­ing. Tell a friend and, if you’re able to, go en­joy some amaz­ing hos­pi­tal­ity on the Great North­ern Penin­sula. For those of us who can’t make it this year, please take lots of photos and email them to weath­er­mail@weath­er­by­day. ca

I will share those photos with ev­ery­one in print and on my web­site: www.weath­er­by­day.ca

In the mean­time, here’s where you can learn more about this great event: ice­bergfes­ti­val.ca

PS: Don’t worry about be­ing cold! The warm wel­come you’ll re­ceive from the folks on the North­ern Penin­sula will keep you toasty!

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