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  • Newfoundland And Labrador

    Newfoundland And Labrador travel guide

    Overview

    The Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador offers visitors a peek into the quiet, unassuming splendour and solitude of one of the world's few unspoilt and truly unique destinations.

    Tourists are quickly caught up in the wild natural beauty of the province, from the rugged rocky cliffs and outcrops to streams and rivers that interweave the rolling green hills and countryside. Labrador also attracts many visitors to its Tundra, which features the 'mini-Rockies' and the historic Avalon Peninsula, home to the charming capital city of St. John's.

    Travellers enjoy coming here for the world-class fishing, exciting outdoor trails, wildlife viewing, hunting, and dozens of breathtakingly beautiful national parks. Newfoundland and Labrador is a haven for outdoor sports enthusiasts, who can enjoy activities like camping, sea kayaking, hiking, canoeing, snowmobiling, bird watching, and any number of other pastimes.

    The wildlife here is something memorable, with thousands of moose, black bear, caribou, Northern River otters, Newfoundland Lynx, and Arctic hares all being native to Newfoundland and Labrador. The millions of seabirds and thousands of humpback whales circulating the freshly carved icebergs off the 18,000 miles (29,000km) of coastline are also sights to behold.

    Other key attractions in Canada's easternmost province include the Western Brook Pond, a land-locked fjord, and L'anse aux Meadows, a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. L'anse aux Meadows is the site of the only confirmed Viking settlement in North America.

    L'Anse aux Meadows

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, L'Anse aux Meadows ('Jellyfish Cove') is a fascinating archaeological site located on the northernmost tip of the island of Newfoundland. Discovered in 1960 on a windswept, rugged coastline, the architectural remains found at L'Anse aux Meadows have been identified as belonging to an 11th century Viking settlement With the exception of Greenland, it is the only Viking settlement in North America and quite possibly the area referred to as Vinland in the Norse sagas.

    Today, visitors to L'Anse aux Meadows will be delighted to find that Parks Canada have succeeded in transforming the ruins into a fun, interactive, and educational tour site: people can enter the reconstructed Viking Longhouse and try on a battle helmet and handle a sword, while costumed 'interpreters' are on hand, ready and eager to engage you in conversation about Norse traditions and mythology.

    With it being 270 miles (about 433km) north of Deerfield along the Viking Trail (Route 403), it's quite an effort to reach. But there's plenty to see and do along the way, including the spectacular Gros Morne National Park. This helps make L'Anse aux Meadows the perfect road trip destination for visitors to Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Address: Route 435, Division No. 9, Newfoundland and Labrador
    Opening time: Open daily between 28 May and 5 October, from 9am to 6pm. Hours change during the period 11 June to 21 September, instead opening between 9am to 5pm.

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    St. John's International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated 6 miles (9km) northwest of downtown St Johns.
    Time: Local time is GMT -2:30 (GMT -3:30 from November to February).
    Getting to the city: The Metrobus provides public transport from the airport to popular spots in St. John's metro.
    Car Rental: Car rental is available at the airport. Companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National, and Thrifty.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are found outside the Arrivals Area.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include free wifi, ATMs, children's play areas, shops, restaurants, and an information centre.
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