Newfoundland: Where Europeans first met the North American Indians
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s most easterly province, is comprised of Labrador, a large piece of land connected to mainland Canada, Newfoundland Island in the Atlantic Ocean, and over 7,000 other tiny islands. The Vikings landed here first in the 9th century at L’Anse aux Meadows where they likely met all of Newfoundland’s native tribes including the Micmacs, the Innus, and the Inuits. Today, visitors can get to know pieces of these rich Aboriginal cultures at the Labrador Interpretation Centre in North Labrador.
The first thing travellers to Newfoundland will notice is the “Newfie” accent, a mash-up of English, Irish, French, and Aboriginal. It varies in hardness depending on the area of the province—it’s weaker in urban areas like Labrador City and St. John’s and stronger in rural parts of the province. It gets easier to understand the more time travellers spend here. Another of Newfoundland’s quirks is its time zone. Newfoundland Island and southeast Labrador are 30 minutes ahead of the rest of Atlantic Canada’s provinces—Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island—whereas Northern Labrador’s clocks are consistent with the rest of Atlantic Canada. Visitors can “line-hop” from one time zone to another near Cartwright, Labrador, just like in Greenwich.
The natural wonders of Newfoundland
Whale watching is a big number on the Newfoundland coast, and visitors can either charter their own boats to see the tails pop out of the Atlantic or enjoy the wonder from the East Coast Trail, a hiking route on Newfoundland Island, or from the Torngat Mountains on the coast of Northern Labrador. Newfoundland’s interior is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts as well. The plentiful lakes, rivers, and streams are perfect for anglers. Huge areas of wilderness are a paradise for walkers in the summer and cross-country skiers in the winter, while kayakers can travel along the 29,000 kilometres of beautiful coastline, with a stop in Red Bay for an authentic Newfoundland lobster lunch.
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