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Newfoundland and Labrador is Canada and North America’s ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. It’s the easternmost province and is home to one of the oldest European settlements and cities in North America.

This province combines both a vibrant culture and a windswept wilderness. There are many outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, skiing, and snowboarding. As well as festivals to bring communities together.

Sights and Sounds

The province has breathtaking natural scenery, so naturally, there are many outdoor activities. It’s possible to combine a day out iceberg viewing with whale watching and even add some bird spotting into the mix.

Hiking is also a big part of the culture here. Whether you prefer striking out on your own or doing it with some company there are many trails that you can explore. There are even annual hiking festivals that incorporate music and food, or themed walks as well.

The people of Newfoundland and Labrador love a festival. From folk music to cooking and storytelling. No matter what you fancy, you’ll find an activity to keep you busy and be a part of the community spirit.

Industries

From the beginning, the resource sector has been the focus for this province, with fisheries the main contributor. Today, the main industries are mining, fishing, manufacturing, pulp & paper, and hydro-electricity. Iron ore and offshore oil and natural gas reserves also play an important role in the provinces GDP.

Most popular job sectors include health care & social assistance, retail trade, and construction. But, most of the province’s GDP comes from the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas sector.

Trade

In Newfoundland, the focus is mostly on resource-based goods which make up about two-thirds, while manufactured goods sit at one-third of goods. “In 2011, it was actually the third-largest exporter of fish, with over $860 million being exported.” (Source: CBC) Goods made up 43.7% of GDP in 2018, with mining at 25.7% and construction at 10%. (Source: Parliament of Canada)

Cities

The most populous city of the province is St John’s, there are about 110,000 people living there currently. It is North America’s easternmost city and the economy is fueled by offshore oil and gas. It is actually one of the 19 ‘World’s Energy Cities’.

Number two on the list is Conception Bay South, with a population of 26,000 it is considerably smaller than St John’s. It is focused on the growing tourism industry.

The third most populous city is Mout Pearl. It is, however, the second biggest based on area alone.

Population

The total population in Newfoundland and Labrador is around 520,000 with almost a quarter of that in the capital.

Fun Facts

  • Newfoundland and Labrador actually have their own timezone. It’s 90 minutes ahead of eastern time and 30 minutes ahead of Atlantic time.
  • While Labrador is attached to the mainland, Newfoundland itself is only accessible by air or sea.