Welcome To Newfoundland and Labrador

A World of Difference

Newfoundland was discovered by John Cabot in 1497 and was referred to by King Henry VII of England as the “New Found Launde”. This helped coin the current name. Labrador on the other hand is believed to have originated from a Portuguese explorer, João Fernandes. He was an “El llavrador,” or landowner. The province’s nicknames and slogans include “The Rock” and “The Big Land” (Labrador).

Newfoundland and Labrador, which is one of the four provinces that make up Atlantic Canada, has two distinct geographical divisions: Newfoundland and Labrador as well as over seven thousand small islands. The province was formerly known as Newfoundland and officially changed its name to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001 by a constitutional amendment. It has borders with Quebec, Nunavut and is located at the most easterly point of North America, where the sun rises. The major economic engine of the province is its oil and gas sector. Other industries such as information technology, mining, forestry, tourism, fishery, farming, manufacturing, service and culture industries also thrive there.

Known for its vibrant colors, majestic icebergs, breath-taking seascapes and peaceful coastal villages, the Newfoundland and Labrador is an adventurer’s paradise. Activities there include Kayaking, hiking, fishing, rafting, diving, camping, skiing, snowmobiling and boat tours. Major places of interest are Gros Morne National Park, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Signal Hill, Skerwink trail, Cape Spear Lighthouse, Bell Island’s Mine Museum and Underground tour, Terra Nova National Park, Fogo and Change Islands, Red Bay National Historic site, Twillingate, Brigus and Cupids, Bay Bulls & Witless Bay, Torngat Mountains National park and Cape St. Mary’s Ecological reserve.

Click on the buttons below to learn more about Newfoundland and Labrador and get more details about settling down in the province.

       

 

 

Official Flag

The insect-eating pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea L.) – Floral Emblem

The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) – Official Bird

 

The Newfoundland pony – Official Animal

 

The partridge (Lagopus sp) / ptarmigan – Provincial Game Bird

The Newfoundland dog – Official Animal

 

 

The black spruce (Picea mariana) / the bog spruce – Official Tree

The mineral labradorite – Official Gemstone

 

Photo credit: www.canada.ca;  Places of attraction: www.us-keepexploring.canada.travel