Aug 17, 2019 | Updated: 07:24 AM EDT

Iceberg Boosts Tourism in Canada

Aug 05, 2019 06:39 AM EDT

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KINGS POINT, Canada -- At any given time of the day, tourists are able to marvel at the beautiful collapse of an iceberg and its amazing journey from Greenland to the east coast of Canada. It seems as if the country has gotten the front row seats to the melting ice caps of the Arctic's ice. 

While the rest of the world is worried about the negative impacts of global warming, it seems as if Canada is getting the upper side of everything. The calving of the ice caps in Greenland -- breaking off of ice in chunks from the edges -- seemed to have breathed in new life to the remote coastal areas of the world, including those found in the east of Canada. 

It was once known to be just another fishing hub, but now it has played a huge role in the lives of amateur photographers spending the entire day and night hopeful that they'd be able to capture the melting of the ice for posterity. As winter comes to its end, iceberg spotting begins for the tourists. 

"Every year, it keeps getting better," says Barry Strickland, a 58 year old man who used to fish for a living. Now, he works to take tourists in his small boat around the King's Point at the northern part of the province. 

"There are about 135 to 140 tour buses that come to us every season. These buses are filled with old tourists who come to town every season. It is good for us and for the economy, in general."

For the last 4 years, Strickland has welcomed visitors who wanted to witness the death of iceberg right before their eyes. The icebergs that measure dozens of meters in height and may weigh hundreds of tons, are wonderful to look at when the warming of the weather seems to cut off the excess ice from it. 

The ocean current with the help of the wind brings these icebergs traveling from the Northwest of Greenland to thousands of kilometers away, until they reach the shores of Canada. 

In a matter of weeks, the ice will be melting. The truth is that it takes thousands of years to freeze the ice that makes up the iceberg and it can quickly melt into the ocean. The beauty people see in the melting of these icebergs is indeed outstanding. In fact, it may mean their resilience, but the advent of global warming and its impact is already claiming the best of what nature has to offer. 

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