Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost Canadian province comprised of two main parts: the island of Newfoundland off the country´s eastern coast, and Labrador on the mainland to the northwest of the island.
A former colony and dominion of the United Kingdom, it became the tenth province to enter the Canadian Confederation on 31 March 1949.
A big land in every sense, this place spans over an area of 405,720 km². If it were part of the United States, it would rank fourth in size after Alaska, Texas and California. The island of Newfoundland alone is almost 25,000 km² larger than Ireland! Hundreds of little towns, coves, and bays dot the area - each with its own charm, personality and collection of colourful characters.
It was here, in the easternmost city of St. John’s, that Alcock and Brown took off on the very first non-stop air crossing of the Atlantic in 1919. And it was here that Marconi ushered in the modern era of long-distance wireless communications, receiving the first transatlantic signal atop Signal Hill in 1901.
History runs deep in the capital city of St. John’s, where people have been living since the 1620s. Today, the lively city that grew up around its perfect sheltered harbour continues to thrive. Offshore oil has spurred economic development and the revitalization of its historic downtown. Here, you’ll find all the nightlife and restaurants for which the port city is famous. The Grand Concourse, a series of walking trails that covers the city from hills to lakes to coast to valleys, is a great way to explore its many charms.
Labrador City and Wabush are the twin towns commonly referred to as Labrador West situated on the rich iron ore deposits of the Labrador trough on the mainland portion of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Nestled in the iron rich rolling hills and between numerous lakes, Labrador West is truly a dichotomy of pristine wilderness and is one of the world´s last frontiers. This beautiful and majestic land has remained virtually untouched since its creation. Experience its breathtaking landscape of endless mountains, forest and lakes. Experience wildlife in its natural surrounds including the George River Caribou Herd, one of the world´s largest caribou herds with upward of 700,000 animals!
Stroll numerous walking trails, see crystal clear waterfalls and pick wild berries. Go camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, dog sledding, skiing and snowmobiling. You name your adventure – they’ve got it!