Newfoundland and Labrador

It’s a unique invitation: come and meet our whales and our icebergs, and of course us Newfoundlanders! The first such invitation was answered by Vikings centuries ago, and the Basques, the French, the British followed to this remarkable Island province and its mainland territory. John Cabot discovered Newfoundland in 1497, called Terra Nova at that time, and it was the object of strategy and pride for generations of French and British interests. Today’s Newfoundland is still of another time, with colourful and active fishing villages perched along the very edges of this rocky and rugged land. Cliffs along its coast serve as breeding grounds for tens of thousands of shorebirds, and if your timing is just right you might spot one of the many icebergs that float leisurely by.

When explorer Jacques-Cartier discovered Labrador in 1534, he carved a coastal map that would proclaim French names, inhabited then, as now, by First Nations people who share their domain with the caribou, the Northern Lights, and perhaps with you?

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