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Newfoundland And Labrador Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

405,212 sq km (156,453 sq miles).

Population

526,700 (2013).

Population density

1.4 per sq km.

Capital

St John's.

Newfoundland and Labrador is almost three times the size of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined, and is bordered by 29,000km (18,125 miles) of craggy coastline. The province is filled with historic towns and landmarks documenting its beginnings as Canadian land, and its much-lauded maritime connections.

It is a province that signals the beginning of the 'New World' and its links to European settlers. Water Street on St John's claims to be the oldest street in North America. And it is strange to think that you are actually closer here to Ireland's Cape Clear than to Ontario's Thunder Bay.

In addition, many of its indigenous people (the First Nations, Métis and Innu) still reside here, often in isolated communities. They are more than willing to provide an insight into how their own history has shaped the province's present.

Nature throws up its own surprises in Newfoundland and Labrador. From grazing moose and caribou to amazing whale sightings, and from scores of soaring seabirds to glimpses of black bears, this province is bursting with wildlife. It is also a place of ancient landscapes, such as the unique and beautiful geological features of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gros Morne National Park, or the colossal mountain ranges of the Torngat, Kaumajet and Kiglapait and their primeval exposed rock.

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