‘There’s no ice’: warming seas chill Quebec’s seal tourism

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For the fifth time since 2010, a lack of ice means no visitors and an unstable future for the ice-dependent harp seal

“There’s no season this year. There’s no ice,” says Ariane Bérubé, sales director for the Château Madelinot hotel on Quebec’s Magdalen Islands (also known as the Îles de la Madeleine).

It’s not the first time the seal pup observation season has been cancelled – since 2010 there have been five winters with insufficient ice in the Gulf of St Lawrence due to unseasonably warm temperatures.

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