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Newfoundland Tourist Guide

Newfoundland

A land that lives by the sea in harmony with nature, Newfoundland is a rugged island on the eastern side of Canada. About the size of Ireland and a little smaller than Alaska, Texas or California, it was the place where the explorer John Cabot landed in 1497. It was later a British colony and became part of Canada only in 1949. Now the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the area is rich in history and natural beauty. The Gros Morne national park on the west coast is a UNESCO World Heritage site of stunning beauty and Terra Nova national park on the eastern side of the island includes the rugged Bonavista Bay. L'Anse aux Meadows at the northern tip of Newfoundland is a historical site that has been fully authenticated as a Viking settlement ? the earliest evidence of Europeans living in North America.

The eastern seaboard of Labrador and the whole island of Newfoundland have a rugged coastline of dramatic cliffs and beaches running for thousands of miles in total. The region is where the great ocean currents from the Arctic and warm Atlantic meet, and the seas are rich in marine life. Dotted along the coast are settlements built around historic shore fishing stations and anchorages. Some have been developed into ports and marinas - the Province now has at least 36 ports of call for cruise ships and yachts.

The provincial capital, St John's, is the oldest English-founded city in North America and is located on the Avalon Peninsula, the most easterly part of Newfoundland. It prospered as a center of the fishing industry for centuries and is now an important port for trade and tourism. Nightlife in St John's is concentrated in George Street, lined with bars and restaurants along its entire length and free of motor traffic. A short distance from St John's is Cape Spear - the most easterly point of North America.

Sailing around Newfoundland you'll see Cabot Tower, the landmark where Marconi received the first transatlantic telegraph signal in 1901, and possibly visit St Pierre and Michelon, twin islands just a few miles off the coast of Canada that remain legally part of France.

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