Located at Canada's easternmost point, the province and island of Newfoundland and the landmass of Labrador, directly to the east of Quebec, are part of Canada's geographically stunning Atlantic region. Comprising an area that is larger than all of the other provinces on the Atlantic, most of the population of the province is found in the city of St. John's, the province's capital and the seat of its government. The name "Newfoundland" stems from the province's Portuguese history and is translated from Terra Nova, while "Labrador" comes from the explorer who discovered the area, João Fernandes Lavrador.
A Little About Newfoundland and Labrador
The area that makes up present day Newfoundland and Labrador was once a colony of the United Kingdom, but this area – known commonly as Newfoundland until 2001 – gained independence in 1949 when it joined Confederation and became Canada's 10th province. While the area was initially settled by the Archaic people more than 9000 years ago, it was also comprised of several native populations including the Innu, the Beothuks and the Mi'kmaq. In present-day Newfoundland and Labrador, there are a wide variety of industries that are prominent within the region including financial services, manufacturing, mining, fishing, tourism and the service sector.
Entertainment & Attractions
With its deciduous forest and coastal terrain, Newfoundland and Labrador are popular destinations for many Eastern visitors and international tourists who want to see the natural beauty the area has to offer. The Witless Bay Ecological reserve, made up of four islands and located close to St. John, is a unique and popular destination that features the largest puffin colony in North America. The province is also home to many festivals and events including Snow Days during the winter months, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival during the summer, and The Royal St. John's Regatta sporting event.
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