Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province in Canada with a population of just over 500,000 people. The Strait of Belle Isle separates the province into two geographical divisions, Labrador and the island of Newfoundland. The province also includes over seven thousand small islands. Newfoundland and Labrador has a land area of 405,720 km2, which is almost twice the size of Great Britain, with less than one percent of Great Britian's population! Now that's a lot of wide-open space!
Newfoundland and Labrador is covered in vast rocky coastlines, barrens, dense boreal forests, and ancient rock formations – the amazing, wild beauty of this province surrounds you everywhere you go! It is home to three National Parks and one National Park Reserve. Newfoundland and Labrador also prides itself in 18 wilderness and ecological reserves, and breathtaking botanical gardens!
The sun rises here first in North America! Did you know that Canada is so vast that Newfoundland is closer to Madrid and Frankfurt than Calgary or Vancouver? Having our own time zone is just one example of the uniqueness of this province. With more than 29,000 kilometres of coastline, there are endless beaches, 22 species of whales, 35 million seabirds (which is why Newfoundland and Labrador is named the seabird capital of North America) and is the best place in the world to see icebergs!
Regions of Newfoundland
The island of Newfoundland is divided into three (3) regions, Western, Central and Eastern. Each region is a blend of urban and rural landscapes, each of which has its own highlights.
Corner Brook is the largest urban centre with a population of almost 20,000 people, it has shopping malls, a movie theatre, bowling, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, ice rink, gymnastics, hiking trails and much more. From a rural perspective, the Western region has the best skiing and snowboarding in Atlantic Canada at Marble Mountain. The region is also home to Gros Morne National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site and some of the most breathtaking views you'll ever see!
Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander are the two largest urban centres in the region with populations of almost 15,000 and 10,000 people respectively. Between these two communities they have shopping malls, a movie theatre, bowling, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, ice rinks, gymnastics, hiking trails and much more. From a rural perspective, the Central Region is popular for many outdoor activities, like fishing, hunting, quadding and snowmobiling. The region is home to a community called Twillingate, which is known as the iceberg capital of the world!
St. John’s and Mount Pearl are the two largest urban centres in the region with combined population of almost 250,000 people, about half of the population of the province! The region has shopping malls, movie theatres, bowling, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, ice rinks, gymnastics, hiking trails and much more. From a rural perspective, the Eastern Region is home to many small fishing communities where visitors can take a whale watching boat tour. The region is home to the Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve which is the most accessible seabird colony in North America!