Working with Ski-Doo over the last nine years has been such an amazing experience! You can imagine my excitement when the marketing department asked me if I was up for a summer trip with Sea-Doo watercraft, riding amongst icebergs in Newfoundland, Canada. I am sure you know what my response was.
Six hours later, I was boarding the redeye from British Columbia to Gander, Newfoundland, where Troy Burt, North America’s Top Snowmobile Contest winner and 5 Toes Riding guru, picked me up. Along with Troy’s girlfriend, Brooke, and his sister, Sarah, we arrived at Notre Dame Recreation, the local BRP dealer, where owners Ann Marie and Kirk had some sweet 2017 Sparks, a GTI 130 and a Wake 230 ready for us.
Notre Dame Bay in the Thousand Islands was our starting point and from here in every direction lay untouched islands surrounded by crystal clear water. It soon became clear that these Sea-Doo watercraft were the perfect way to explore.
Each year massive icebergs break off the west coast of Greenland and float down the coast and land amongst the Thousand Islands. These 20,000-year-old blocks rival small apartment buildings and that is only the one-tenth that you see, which is above the waterline.
It is hard to explain when it’s 30 degrees and you’re riding in shorts and a T-shirt and as you round a point, you see one of these massive icebergs! Although you have to be very careful, our Sea-Doos allowed us to get up close to check these awesome things out.
We broke for lunch, dockside at Hillgrade—which is the most amazing place for fresh lobster and squid rings. You basically choose your fresh-caught lobster and they cook it right there for you! The rest of the week was discovering more icebergs and epic swimming bays, as well as waterskiing and wakeboarding with the Sea-Doos. Words cannot do a trip like this justice—you just have to experience it!
A huge THANK-YOU to BRP, Notre Dame Recreation and Troy Burt and his family!
Dave Norona is a Ski-Doo Backcountry Expert and an Ambassador for Sea-Doo and Can-Am. You can follow his adventures on Facebook and Instagram @davenorona.