State Detail - Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador

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Although the large majority of tourism in this province takes place on the island of Newfoundland, by far its greater content of land is concentrated in mainland Labrador, which covers around 300,000 sq. km with a population of only about 3,000. Labrador has some excellent destinations for eco-tourists looking for real isolation; the further north you travel, the more remote it gets. In the south, you can visit the community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, a good starting point for a wilderness trek.

In Newfoundland you'll definitely want to visit St. John's, the oldest city in North America and a place with great possibilities for shopping, hiking, walking tours, and boat excursions into the Atlantic. Signal Hill National Historic Park contains Cabot tower, built to commemorate the European discovery of Newfoundland by Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot). Indigenous history can be explored at Port Au Choix, where you can see skeletons and artifacts of First Nations people who inhabited this area 4,000 years ago. At L'Anse aux Meadows you can see the remains of a Viking village dating back to A.D. 1,000.

Along Newfoundland's western coast is Gros Morne National Park, a ruggedly beautiful locale of windswept beaches, rocky fjords, sand dunes, and blunted mountain peaks; this park offers some of the most unusual and incredible vistas in the country.

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