Located in the far east of Canada, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is an untamed and well-preserved area. Those who visit this eastern part of Canada are often looking for fresh air, nature and a change in scenery. The island of Newfoundland lies off the North Atlantic Coast, and its rugged terrain gives it a similar appearance to Norway with its magnificent fjords. On the other hand, the Labrador region is attached to the continent, and its east coast borders the cold seas of the north. Although the climate can be harsh in these regions, visitors always receive a warm welcome. The many fishing ports and colourful houses give these spectacular landscapes a northern charm, and a change in scenery is guaranteed.
Surface area : 405212.0 km2
Population : 510000 inhabitants
Time difference : The UK is 5 hours ahead.
Native handicrafts make great souvenirs: there are sculptures, trapper's shoes, peace pipes, moccasins, jewellery and skins. You will also find beautiful handmade pottery. Go directly to the reserves to buy, as they offer a nicer experience and the money goes straight to the artisans! To check the origin and manufacture of a sculpture, for example, ask for the authenticity label, which is provided by the government. Shops are open from 10:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Wednesday, 10:00am to 9:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays and 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Corner shops are open later, sometimes even 24/7.
As fishing is the main activity in the province, the local cuisine is heavily influenced by seafood. Cod and halibut are commonly found in dishes, and crab, lobster and mussels are piled high on seafood platters. There are also several game dishes. A special mention must be given to the reindeer sausages and moose stew. Apart from these specialities, the local cuisine is not very different to that found throughout the rest of Canada. You will find fairly classic North American food, which is likely to be better quality as the products are sometimes fresher.
The population of Newfoundland mainly consists of fishermen and the children of sailors who live in the small port towns on the coast. Some of the inhabitants can be quite rude. They may take their time to introduce themselves, but they will eventually welcome you warmly.
Visiting Newfoundland is a chance to gain access to a well-preserved region where nature reigns supreme. Although it is not at the end of the world, ensure you pack the essentials for your stay as supermarkets are few and far between.