Travel Guide: Newfoundland and Labrador



Travel Guide: Newfoundland and Labrador

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
The Eastern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador consists of the island of Newfoundland and a region of the Canadian mainland known as Labrador. Thanks to the surrounding waters, the province's climate is varied and sometimes even extreme. However, its beautiful natural landscape makes it the perfect place for wildlife to live and for the lovers of outdoor sports to visit. Be sure to take advantage of the fresh seafood on deck and learn more about the province's history by experiencing some of the culture! In this video, continues our travel series with a look at Newfoundland and Labrador.
This Eastern Canadian province is known as The Rock. Welcome to and today we're continuing our travel series with a look at Newfoundland and Labrador.

Area and Population

Facing the North Atlantic Ocean, Newfoundland and Labrador comprises the island of Newfoundland and the mainland of Labrador. With a total area of over 150 thousand square miles, the province has a total population of over 500 thousand inhabitants, with the majority living on the island, especially in the capital city, St. John's.


Since Newfoundland's climate is affected by the surrounding sea, this can lead to cool summers and brisk, wet winters. Winters in Labrador are extremely cold, with the south experiencing brief but moderate summers.

Natural Landscape

The province's diverse and stunning natural landscape includes miles of coastline, mountains, rivers and dense forests. Arctic tundra and icebergs are also visible in some areas.

Wildlife and National Parks

All this wilderness makes Labrador the perfect home for a wide variety of wildlife that includes whales, seabirds and bears. You'll find some of these in the Torngat Mountains National Park, where visitors can also participate in numerous outdoor activities and see Inuit landmarks. Thousands of moose and caribou can be found in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park, where you can go hiking in the Tablelands during the warmer seasons.


If you're looking for some winter sports, head to one of the province's resorts for skiing or snowboarding. For something a little different, you can try ziplining, riding a snowmobile or dog sledding.

Fishing and Seafood

Fishing is one of the province's biggest industries so it's no surprise that Labrador is home to fishing villages like Red Bay and the 19th century summer fishing station Battle Harbour. Be sure to take the opportunity to savor some fresh seafood.

Historical Sites

When it comes to historical sites, you'll find numerous Protestant missions in Labrador, such as Hebron and Nain. The 18th century settled community of Cartwright is connected by the Trans-Labrador Highway to Blanc Sablon, Quebec, where a ferry can be taken to St. Barbe, Labrador. Near the town of L'Anse Amour, you'll find one of the province's many lighthouses, the 19th century Point Amour lighthouse.


Don't forget to experience some traditional culture by taking in live music or attending a festival with historical re-enactments.

Plentiful Newfoundland and Labrador

If you want rugged natural landscapes, assorted wildlife, countless outdoor adventures and fascinating historical and cultural activities, Newfoundland and Labrador has it all and more.
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