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Have you ever wanted to stay overnight in a lighthouse? Of course you have. If you haven’t, you do now. Think about it: A deserted island, icebergs and whales passing by, and staying in a beautiful historic structure. Yeah, that’s good. Quirpon Lighthouse Inn in northern Newfoundland allows you to do just that.
The lighthouse was built in 1922 along the shores of “Iceberg Alley,” the stretch of Atlantic between the coast of Labrador and northeast coast of Newfoundland. It is this same stretch, with the same sized icebergs that took down the Titanic. If massive icebergs aren’t your thing (are you crazy?), know that whales are also a constant on this stretch of water off the coast of Quirpon.
Quirpon Island is completely deserted and sits on the northernmost tip of the island of Newfoundland. Once you reach the town of Quirpon, getting to the island is simple. The island is very close to mainland, and an experienced captain will take you by zodiac across sheltered waters to the inn. Alternatively, you can take a helicopter, but then how are you going to get any saltwater splashed on your face?
Purchased in 1998, the main lodge space is painted a traditional red and white, has a communal dining area, and small library. There are only 10 guest rooms, each with a bed made by a local whale bone carver and featuring a local handmade quilt. There is also a heated observation station for whale and iceberg watching. Bring your tea or coffee and a book, and keep an eye out for marine life. While Quirpon Island has a Helipad, two boat trips through Iceberg Alley, your trip to and from the island, as well as all of your meals (including traditional Newfoundland dinners) are included in the price of the room.
Beyond staying in an incredibly secluded lighthouse built in 1922 and the iceberg and whale watching, there is plenty to do on the island. There are kayaking and zodiac tours, but with the islands incredible panoramic views, hiking is a must. Trails along the highland ensure you’re never far from iceberg or whale viewing opportunities. The island even has an app for your smartphone to help point out things such as WWII remains or old sod huts. Be careful, though. Given the remoteness and lack of light, any hiking beyond daylight hours is cautioned against — even with a headlight. No one wants to fall off a 200 foot cliff.
When: This is a little tricky. The Inn is open to May to September to coincide with the best whale and iceberg watching but June to August is typically “peak” iceberg season. With that being said, it’s difficult to predict when the bergs will be coming through as it’s dependent on ocean temperatures and patterns.
The Iceberg Finder satellite and the Canadian Ice Service website is a good place to look at the Daily Iceberg Analysis Chart. Alternatively, contact some tour boat operators in the region and get their thoughts.
Prices: Double: $375-425, Single: $275-325, Extra child in room: $50, Extra adult in room: $100
What To Bring: A camera, water bottle, and any snacks or food you want for your stay. Bring clothing and attire for all conditions. Weather patterns move quickly in the Northern Atlantic.
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