Welcome to Newfoundland And Labrador
The Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador offers
visitors a peek into the quietly unassuming beauty and solitude of
one of the world's few unspoilt and truly unique destinations.
Tourists are quickly caught up in the wild natural beauty of the
province, from the rugged rocky cliffs and outcrops to streams and
rivers that interweave the rolling green hills and countryside.
Labrador also attracts many visitors to its Tundra, which features
the 'mini-Rockies' and the historic Avalon Peninsula, home to the
charming capital city of St John's.
Travellers enjoy coming here for the world-class fishing,
exciting outdoor trails, wildlife viewing, hunting and dozens of
breathtakingly beautiful national parks. Newfoundland and Labrador
is a haven for outdoor sports enthusiasts, who can enjoy activities
like camping, sea kayaking, hiking, canoeing, snowmobiling, bird
watching, and any number of other pastimes.
The wildlife here is something to talk about, with thousands of
moose, black bear, caribou, Northern River otters, Newfoundland
Lynx and Arctic hares being native to Newfoundland and Labrador.
The millions of seabirds and thousands of humpback whales
circulating the freshly carved icebergs off the 18,000 miles
(29,000 km) of coastline are also something to behold.
Other key attractions in Canada's easternmost province include
the Western Brook Pond, a land-locked fjord, and L'anse aux
Meadows, a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. L'anse aux Meadows is the site of the only confirmed
Viking settlement in North America.
Information & Facts
The official languages are English and French
(predominantly in Quebec).
The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided
into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to
the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar
coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and
travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be
as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are
plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud,
larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian
Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT
-3.5 in the east.