Newfoundland & Labrador

A place that's anything but ordinary.

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, on Canada’s most easterly coast lies the rugged and unforgettable island of Newfoundland and it’s northern mainland partner, Labrador. Here you will find isolated outports accessible only by boat, stunning coastlines, rugged mountains, expansive wilderness, unique cuisine and some of the friendliest people you will meet anywhere in the world.

Most of Newfoundland and Labrador’s population is widely spread around the province’s rugged coastline in small outport settlements. In fact, outside of the capital city of St. John’s, the population is scattered to a mere one resident per twelve square kilometers or fewer. Newfoundland and Labrador was the last Canadian province to sever its connection with Britain, in 1949. The island of Newfoundland even has a time zone all it’s own and ‘Islanders’ love to say that everything happens in Newfoundland and Labrador a half hour before it happens anywhere else in North America. In fact, the capital city of St. John’s is closer to Europe than it is to Central Canada. nder these conditions, the need for self-sustainability and independence has given Newfoundland and Labrador a wide and rich variety of unique customs, stories, beliefs and dialects.

New Foundland

As much as the people, culture and heritage provide travelers with a multitude of reasons to visit Newfoundland and Labrador, it is the province’s vast array of natural and geological wonders that continue to draw and amaze visitors. Wildlife abounds and the ocean around the province is home to more than 20 species of whales at one time of the year or another, making Newfoundland one of the best whale viewing locations in the world. The endless miles of forest, lakes, and wild rivers that make up central Newfoundland are moose country and sightings along Newfoundland’s highways and side roads are far from unusual. With a coastline stretching over more than 17 000 km, seabird colonies of Gannets, Puffins, Murres, Kittiwakes and others gather in ten-thousands on islands and bird-rocks.

New Foundland

Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve, Labrador's first national park, is characterized by towering mountains, a rugged coastline, dramatic fjords and unique wildlife and cultural heritage. There are few places on earth where such an array of geological features and processes can be observed in a single landscape. Polar bears hunt seals along the coast, and both the Torngat Mountains and George River caribou herds (one of the world’s largest caribou herds) cross paths as they migrate to and from their calving grounds. Torngat is also home to a unique population of tundra-dwelling black bears. The Torngat Mountains have been home to Inuit and their predecessors for thousands of years. Today, Inuit continue to use this area for hunting, fishing, and traveling throughout the year. Evidence of more recent history includes the remains of Moravian Mission sites and Hudson Bay Company trading posts.

Icebergs New Foundland

Britain’s Prince Edward has said that Gros Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is to geologists what the Galapagos Islands is to biologists. Millennia of geological shifting, drifting and erosion have left a colossal geological landscape filled with dramatic fjords and flattened mountains. This mountainous wilderness is covered with black and white spruce, balsam fir, white birch, stunted tuckamore thickets, and at higher elevations, lichen, moss and dwarf willow. Wildlife abounds with innumerable moose, arctic hares, foxes, weasels, lynx and bears. Two large herds of woodland caribou also inhabit the mountains and migrate to the coastal plan during winter.

Gros Morne National Park

Any trip to Newfoundland and Labrador is bound to be filled with unique and memorable experiences but it is the friendly people and the magic of the province’s natural wonders that leave visitors enraptured. With such a wide variety of dramatic scenery, the diversity and abundance of wildlife, and more empty space to lose yourself for a while, Newfoundland and Labrador the perfect place to explore and discover what you’ve been looking for.