Facts about Newfoundland

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Sarah Peddie

We have some jobs to offer that are situated in Newfoundland, Canada. But, do you want to know a bit more about the place before you jet off? Here are some interesting stats and facts you may have not known about the island before.

Before we get into it, here are a few facts about the island itself you may find useful to know:

  • It’s a large island off the east coast of the North American mainland.
  • It is the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Newfoundland is the world's 16th-largest island and Canada's fourth-largest island.
  • Newfoundland and its associated small islands have a total area of 111,390 square kilometres.

The largest settlement on the island is the capital city of St. John’s which is also the largest city within the province. The downtown area of the city sits on St. John’s Harbour and the rest of the city expands from that. The population of St. Johns is just over 108,000.

Around the city, there are 12 suburban communities - the largest of these is the city of Mount Pearl and the towns of Conception Bay South and Paradise. The third-largest city is Corner Brook which is situated on the Bay of Islands on the west coast.  

St. John’s is the oldest city in Canada and also the oldest settled location for English-speaking North America. Newfoundland has a rich history of European colonisation and it was one of the first places in the New World where the Europeans settled. 

Newfoundland was part of the British Colony but joined mainland Canada on March 31 in 1949.

The island has a lot of tourist attractions and many opportunities for tourists to do activities. Sea kayaking, camping, fishing, hunting and hiking are just some of the activities available around Newfoundland. The International Appalachian Trail is being extended along the island’s mountainous west coast. 

Gros Morne National Park is located on the west coast - it was named a designated UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987 due to its complex geology and amazing scenery. It is the largest national park in Atlantic Canada and is a popular tourist destination. 

There are many things on the island that will keep residents and tourists entertained, especially during the summer festivals. St. John’s has the best nightlife on the island and in George Street, located in downtown St. John’s, is closed for 20 hours per day to traffic. The Mile One Stadium is a large venue for sports events and concerts. 

There are two climate types throughout the island which are subarctic and humid continental climate.

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