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Formed: 1949
Population: 509,739 people
Area: 405,212 sq/ kilometres

Newfoundland and Labrador French: Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, Irish: Talamh an √Čisc agus Labradar, Latin: Terra Nova) is a province of Canada on the country's Atlantic coast in northeastern North America. This easternmost Canadian province comprises two main parts: the island of Newfoundland off the country's eastern coast, and Labrador on the mainland to the northwest of the island. A former colony and dominion of the United Kingdom, it became the tenth province to enter the Canadian Confederation on 31 March 1949, named simply as Newfoundland. On 6 December 2001, an amendment was made to the Constitution of Canada to change the province's official name to Newfoundland and Labrador. In day-to-day conversation, however, Canadians generally still refer to the province itself as Newfoundland and to the region on the Canadian mainland as Labrador. The province has been divided into six climate types, but in broader terms Newfoundland is considered to be a cool summer subtype of a humid continental climate, which is greatly influenced by the sea since no part of the island is more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the ocean. Northern Labrador is classified as a polar tundra climate, southern Labrador is considered to have a subarctic climate. Newfoundland and Labrador has a folk musical heritage based on the Irish, English and Scottish traditions that were brought to its shores centuries ago. Though similar in its Celtic influence to neighbouring Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador are more Irish than Scottish, and have more elements imported from English and French music than those provinces. Much of the region's music focuses on the strong seafaring tradition in the area, and includes sea shanties and other sailing songs. Government of Newfoundland & Labrador Wikipedia Entry

My Experience

I had the strange idea to cycle through Labrador in the middle of October, thank goodness I didn't! I ended up on the island of Newfoundland for my final leg of crossing Canada and was met with a wide range of weather conditions, wind, rain, snow and darkness. Newfoundland has a strange half hour time zone unlike anywhere else which caused confusion to my body. The roads were the best in the entire country, other than the fact that it was likely some of the most boring and challenging 900km stretch of road to reach the farthest eastern point in North America, Cape Spear. I don't plan on riding back the way I came in.

Watch out for the moose!


Journal Entries

The following is a list of journal entries I wrote while travelling through Newfoundland. Click one to read!



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