Newfoundland and Labrador is where the North American day dawns first. Remember, this is a big place. There are two parts to the province, Newfoundland, an island, and Labrador, a mainland which borders the province of Quebec. It is more than three times the total area of the Maritime Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) and would rank fourth in size behind Alaska, Texas, and California if it were one of the United States. It is almost one-and-three-quarters times the size of Great Britain.
St. John’s – the capital – is closer to Greenland than to New York and closer to Ireland than to Chicago and it’s also one of the oldest city in North America. St. John’s is located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland.
Visitors from the mainland (Canada or the U.S.) may choose to drive to North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and take a ferry run by Marine Atlantic (www.marine-atlantic.ca). The ferry to Port-aux-Basques takes approximately 8 hours, but you will have another 10-hour drive to cross the island to St. John’s. The ferry to Argentia takes approximately 14 hours and takes you to within a 1.5 hour drive of St. John’s. You need to reserve so book well in advance!
From Port aux Basque on Newfoundland’s west coast, the Trans Canada Highway links the island to St. John’s, a distance of 905 km (543 miles). St. John’s is Mile Zero. Don’t forget to get your picture taken where Canada begins in the east! For those renting a vehicle, it is advisable for you to book as early as possible. Rental vehicles are limited and can be in high demand after May 15th.
St. John’s aviation needs are met by the St. John’s International Airport. A number of daily air travel connections can be found between St. John’s and Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Western Canada and New York.
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