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Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) is a fascinating province, surrounded by with more than 18,000 miles of coastline, there’s definitely a special connection to the sea.

 

Each day, the province witnesses the first sunrise of the North American continent. As the province awakens, the sun rays illuminates the vibrantly colourful houses along Jellybean Row that line the steep hills and rugged coastlines.

 

History

The province is rich in history where almost 9,000 years ago, the sea’s bounty attracted the Maritime Archaic Indian, Dorset, Groswater Paleoeskimo and Recent Indian’s long before Europeans arrived.

 

Vikings, Maritime Archaic Indians, and Paleoeskimo, and the English, French, and Irish have each claimed Newfoundland and Labrador as hunting ground or home at some point. The province’s capital, St. John’s, lives on as North America’s oldest English-founded settlement, with some five hundred years of history shaping its culture.

 

Culture

Newfoundland and Labrador has a famous reputation for being friendly!

 

Situated on the edge of North America, the province is very much isolated from the rest of the world. The local population took on the heritage of its English, Irish, French and indigenous ancestors to create a culture that’s one of its own kind.

 

Fisheries

Newfoundland Fisheries, located on the coast of Newfoundland, was well known as one of the four largest fisheries in the world. By the middle of the 19th century, Newfoundland has a resident population of over 100,000, and an apparently secure position as the world's largest exporter of salted codfish. Unfortunately, the fishing industry collapsed entirely in the early 1990s owing to overfishing lack of foresight and poor local administration. However, by 2011 it became apparent that the fisheries were returning to their original abundance, just more slowly than had been anticipated.

 

Even though a ban on fishing has been ongoing for more than 2 decades, NL is still known for its seafood, specially for its fusion of food and culture. Fish cakes and Cod au Gratin are just a few signature dishes from the province that uses codfish! Another famous meal not to be missed would be Jiggs dinner, a traditional boiled dinner consisting of salt beef, cabbage, pease pudding, etc. You can definitely learn about the history and culture of the province just by sampling its cuisine!

 

Tourism

NL is a big province, offering plenty of sights to see and allowing you to get close up with nature. There’s never a shortage of adventures to go on in this province! Hike up to Cape Spear, the most easterly point in the North American continent to witness the first sunrise of the continent! Other tourist attractions include Signal Hill, Terra Nova National Park, Grosmorne National Park (which is a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Fogo Island. The hospitable folks of Newfoundland will impress you with their warmth and kindness.

 

Icebergs are edges of glaciers that have broken off and slipped into the ocean. When it comes to viewing icebergs, there is no better place to catch a glimpse than right here.  Roughly 90% of icebergs seen off Newfoundland and Labrador come from the glaciers of western Greenland, while the rest come from glaciers in Canada's Arctic. Their sheer size will amaze you, and that's without seeing the 90% still below underneath the surface of the ocean.

 

Icebergs offer a source of fresh water with no traceable sources of mineral content. With the abundance of icebergs, the local population has put them into good use by including them in vodka, gin, rum and beer. Check out the Quidi Vidi brewery in St. John’s to have a taste of craft beer (if you are of age!) and the beautiful scenery the village has to offer. Another interesting fact to know is that barely 400 miles from the coast of Newfoundland was where an iceberg sank the infamous Titanic in 1912.

 

Education

Newfoundland and Labrador has good post-secondary institutions, such as Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), which is one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada, and College of North Atlantic (CONA).

 

Affordable tuition, low cost of living and a conducive environment for education are key reasons to choose this island as a study destination.