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St John's, Newfoundland | Photo: Erik Mclean, Introspective Design

St John’s, Newfoundland

Introduction to Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) is located on the northeast corner of North America. The province is made up of the island of Newfoundland, with Labrador on the mainland, and over 7,000 tiny islands.

Newfoundland and Labrador has 29,000 km of coastline dotted with inlets, coves, and bays that are home to historic towns and fishing villages. While small, they are bold communities with colourful buildings, spectacular views, and friendly people.

Newfoundland was the tenth province to enter Canadian Confederation in 1949, with change of the province's official name to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001.
 

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Locations in Newfoundland and Labrador

Travel

Areas

Avalon

Avalon Coast

East

Burin Penninsula
Eastern Coast

Labrador

 

Northern Peninsula

Iceberg Alley

West

Western Routes
 

Parks

NP: National Parks
PP: Provincial Parks
RP: Regional Parks

La Manche PP

Newfoundland & Labrador PP (Avalon)

Gros Morne NP

Sandbanks PP

Terra Nova NP

Torngat Mountains NP
 

Did you know?

  • Last Fish, First Boat
    Last Fish, First Boat

    Dedicated to “anyone starting over”, Last Fish, First Boat is the beautifully animated story about Gene from Bay Bulls, NL. After generations of cod fishing in Newfoundland, the industry collapsed in 1992. The impact is greatly felt throughout the province, and Gene (one of the “lucky ones”) finds purpose in new and meaningful work. (Film released by Canadian Geographic and McIntyre Media.)

  • Like Ireland
  • Torngat Mountains

NL Trivia

Flag
Coat of arms
Symbols
Flower is Pitcher Plant
Bird is Atlantic Puffin

Nickname
The Rock

Provincial slogan
Seek ye first the kingdom of God

License plate slogans
The Mighty Churchill (1969)
A World of Difference (1993-2002)
Newfoundland & Labrador

News
CBC | NTV | The Telegram

Other resources
Books about Newfoundland & Labrador
Government of NL
Newfoundland Circumnavigation
NL Travel Stories
NL Websites/Blogs
Travel Blogs NL
Trip Planning 101
Welcome to Newfoundland Labrador

NL Facts

Date NL entered confederation

March 31, 1949

Area of NL

405,212 sq km (156,453 sq miles)
(Natural Resources Canada, 2001)

Topography

Over 17,000 km of Newfoundland and Labrador’s coastline has headlands, fiords, small coves and islands. Both land mass interiors have a rolling, rugged topography. Much of the land has thick black spruce and balsam fir forest mixed with birch, tamarack and balsam poplar. Northern Labrador has the wild and untamed Torngat Mountains.

Capital city of NL

St John’s

Population of NL

514,536 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)

Residents are known as

Newfoundlanders, Labradorians

Indigenous people of NL

Inuit, Innu, Mi'kmaq, Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut (see Heritage Newfoundland Labrador) and Miawpukek First Nation

Main NL industries

Energy, fisheries, mining, forestry, tourism

NL statutory holidays (in addition to national holidays)

St George's Day on the Monday closest to April 23
 

Newfoundland & Labrador

Climate

Newfoundland has a maritime climate with mild winters (by Canadian standards). It also has a high rate of precipitation. Labrador, by comparison, has cold winters and short summers.
 

Time zone

The unique Newfoundland Time Zone is 3.5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -3:30) and 30 minutes ahead of Atlantic Standard Time. Daylight savings time is in place.
 

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