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About Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador is Canada’s most Eastern Province. Newfoundland is a large Island with no road access to mainland Canada and requires a ferry ride to get there, it is the most populous of the province. Labrador is part of the mainland and is located to the North West of Newfoundland where it borders Quebec to the East and south, and Nunavut to the north. The largest city and the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador is St. Johns, an active port city which has over 40% of the entire population of the province. In fact the Island of Newfoundland, despite being an Island is home to over 94% of all residents in the province. Labrador is sparsely populated with only one major population center, “Labrador City” population 7,500.

Newfoundland and Labrador was one of the last areas in Canada to officially become a province, joining Canada until March 31, 1949. Current population is around 550,000 however populations in Newfoundland have seen years of growth and several years of decline (which are closely tied to loss of the main economy of fishing and the cod moratorium in the 1980’s).


Newfoundland is famous for its fishing industry. The world famous “Grand Banks” are located just off shore from Newfoundland and provide some of the best commercial fishing areas in the entire world. At one point the cod fishery was in serious decline and cod fishing was banned to help recover this important fishery.

However fishing is not the only industry in Newfoundland. Since the discovery of a huge oil field 300 miles off shore in the 1960’s called the Hibernia oil field, the petro chemical industry has boomed. The Hibernia oil platform is the world’s largest and is the most complex oil platform ever built. It took almost 2 decades to complete.

With the boom in resources in Labrador, oil just offshore form Newfoundland and the fishing industry on the mend, the economy and population of Newfoundland is growing again. Newfoundland is widely known to have one of the friendliest populations and that’s the one of the reasons why the province is an interesting place to move to. It is also Canada’s most homogenous language centers with 97.7% speaking English…although if you ever go there…and you should it’s beautiful, you’ll find the accent strange and unforgettable and almost hard to understand…although it is English.

Nature and History

Beside the fact it has the best fishing in North America; it is also home to millions of species of birds which attract visitors from all over the world. It is also a well know destination for hunters with the largest population of Moose per square kilometer. Newfoundland is rich with history of early explorers such as Vikings and Norsemen to now extinct aboriginal peoples such as the Beothuk Tribes. The history goes back thousands of years and is very interesting. Anyone who has visited Newfoundland has been thrilled with the experience. Besides St. Johns, you’ll want to visit unique attractions in other cities such as Conception Bay, Mount Pearl, Corner Brook as well as smaller cities of Paradise, Grand Fall-Windsor, Gander and Happy Valley- Goose Bay.

With its long history, funny dialect, and rich culture that is a combination of French, English, Irish and Scottish, there is no place like it. See for yourself, and visit Newfoundland, you might just fall in love with it and end up moving to Newfoundland and Labrador permanently!

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