Newfoundland and Labrador: By Land, Sea, or Air

Located on the northeastern corner of North America, Newfoundland and Labrador is closer to Europe than any other part of the continent. Each morning sit on the shores of this vast province, and watch as the dawning sun makes its first appearance in North America.

More than three times the total area of the Maritime Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island,) Newfoundland and Labrador is almost one-and-three-quarters times the size of Great Britain. In fact, Newfoundland and Labrador would rank fourth in size behind Alaska, Texas and California if it were one of the United States.

Covering more than 400,000 square miles, Newfoundland and Labrador is divided into five tourism regions: Western, Central, Eastern, Avalon, and Labrador. Boasting beautiful landscape ranges from barren rock to lush farmland to deciduous forest, each region has its own special places, features and attractions that will help to define your experiences in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Despite its remote location Newfoundland and Labrador has long been a crossroads for a variety of fascinating travellers. Come and explore a unique lifestyle that has been shaped by the sea for over 500 years. Learn about the rich traditions that are celebrated through music, food and festivals. It won’t take long for you to fall in love with Newfoundland and Labrador’s vibrant culture.

Visit the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and see falcons, razorbills and the orange-beaked puffin, the official provincial bird. Later catch a boat from St. John’s and join a whale watching tour. From cross-country skiing, to salmon fishing expeditions to leisurely walks on hiking trails, Newfoundland and Labrador has something for everyone.

  • Jan. 1: New Year’s Day
  • April 9: Good Friday
  • April 11: Easter Sunday
  • May 24 (or closest prior Mon.): Victoria Day
  • July 1: Canada Day
  • Sept. (1st Mon.): Labour Day
  • Oct. (2nd Mon.): Thanksgiving
  • Nov. 11: Remembrance Day
  • Dec. 25: Christmas Day
  • Dec. 26: Boxing Day
Further Information for Visitors:
Fast Facts
Population: 512,930
Size: 405,212 sq. km. (156,452 sq. mil.); ranks 10th
Capital City: St. John’s
Time Zone(s): Newfoundland is on Newfoundland Standard Time, which is a half-hour later than Atlantic Standard Time. Labrador is on Atlantic Time, except for the south coast (Black Tickle and south), which is on Newfoundland Standard Time.
Minimum Age for Unrestricted Driver’s License: 17 years, 8 months
Minimum Age for Gambling: 19
Alcohol Consumption: Legal age is 19
Taxes: Newfoundland and Labrador has a harmonized sales tax comprised of an 8 percent provincial tax and a 7 percent federal tax. It is applied to most goods and services.
Highest Point: 152 m/499 ft., Queens County
Lowest Point:Sea level, Atlantic Ocean
  External links
  Newfoundland and Labrador
PO Box 8730, St. John's,
Newfoundland, Canada A1B 4K2
1-800-563-NFLD (6353)

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