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Newfoundland is an island in the west of Canada and together with Labrador it forms the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.




Newfoundland is an island that sits in the Saint Lawrence Gulf, 70 miles from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and 11 miles across the Strait of Belle Isle from the mainland part of the province, Labrador.






Sights and Activities

Whale watching

The waters around Newfoundland have a very rich and varied wildlife, which can be viewed on whale watch excursions and if you are lucky even from land you can see the whales just offshore. There are about 22 different sorts of whales, the Humpback whale being the most impressive sight. Of course there are also opportunities to see dolphins, seals and different species of birds on these trips. The best locations on Newfoundland are along the coast of the Avalon Peninsula in the southeast of the island, especially south of the capital St. John's. Also on the eastern shores there are good possibilities like from Twilingate and Trinity.

Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park is a world heritage site located on the west coast of Newfoundland. At 1,805 km2, it is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada; it is surpassed by Torngat Mountains National Park, which is 9,700 km2. The park takes its name from Newfoundland's second-highest mountain peak (at 806 metres) located within the park. Its French meaning is "large mountain standing alone," or more literally "great sombre." Gros Morne is a member of the Long Range Mountains, an outlying range of the Appalachian Mountains, stretching the length of the island's west coast. It is the eroded remnants of a mountain range formed 1.2 billion years ago. "The park provides a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth's mantle lie exposed." The Gros Morne National Park Reserve was established in 1973, and was made a national park in October 1, 2005. The park was the subject of a short film in 2011's National Parks Project, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and scored by Melissa Auf der Maur, Sam Shalabi and Jamie Fleming.

Ohter sights and activities

  • Terra Nova National Park
  • Viking site L'anse aux Meadows (Unesco world heritage site)
  • Avalon Wilderness Reserve, with a huge population of karibous.



Getting There

By Plane

Newfoundland has two international airports – St. John's International Airport (YYT) and the smaller Gander International Airport (YQX).

By Car

You can take your car on the boat from Nova Scotia, described below.

By Boat

The main surface links to the Island of Newfoundland are by superferry from North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Superferries carry hundreds of vehicles and passengers daily between North Sydney and Port aux Basques in southwestern Newfoundland, and between North Sydney and Argentia, a 90 minute drive from St. John's in The Avalon, from June to September.
For details check their website Marine Atlantic

In summer, a passenger ferry operates between Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a little piece of France just off of the Burin Peninsula, and Fortune, just 19 kilometres away.



Getting Around

By Bus

DRL Coachlines operates a number of scheduled bus services throughout Newfoundland. There is a daily scheduled bus service between St John's and Port aux Basques along Route 1 and it stops along the route in Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook.





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