Newfoundland and Labrador is Canada’s most easterly province. Two land masses make up the province. Continental Labrador extends eastward from the eastern tip of Quebec. The island of Newfoundland lies just below it in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is home to about 92% of the province’s population. Many tiny islands off the coast are also part of the province.
Newfoundland and Labrador have relatively cool summers compared to the rest of Canada. You will find many rocky beaches (or more aptly, coastline) here but very few sandy shores. The waters and ambient temperatures tend to remain too cold for many swimmers throughout the summer months. This being said, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy by the water.
Whale watching is particularly popular in Newfoundland. The province is world famous for its whale watching opportunities. Many people visit each year in hopes of seeing some of the 22 species which frequent the waters off the coast.
Boating and fishing are also popular in the province. You can go diving near Bell Island to explore shipwrecks from World War II. White water rafting is also possible on Newfoundland’s longest river, the Exploits River.
Newfoundland offers beautiful views of the ocean. There are breathtaking sights wherever you turn.
Labrador also has its own beach festival. The town of North West River comes alive each summer for water lovers. Along with entertainment, the festival features swimming on the sandy beaches of Lake Melville.
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