For almost a third of the year, Newfoundland is shrouded in a white fog, and the rocky shore, stretching up into the Appalachian Mountains, makes the sight even more picturesque. The province is bordered by two straits: Cabot Strait and Belle-Ile. The area is dotted with deposits of minerals, and in the southeastern part of the coast lies one of the world’s main commercial fisheries – Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The main portion of the population is dispersed along the coast of the Avalon Peninsula.
Every piece of land here has a history; there are many of excavation sites, historical parks and restored monuments. The first Viking settlement dates back to the XI century and has not changed since. St. John’s, the current capital of the province, is the oldest location historically populated by the British since the middle of the XVI century. In addition, a large concentration of churches follows and justifies the motto of Newfoundland and Labrador, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” A unique fluvarium is located in Newfoundland’s Freshwater Resource Center, a 25-meter glass window into the nature’s wide variety.
Natural and beautiful scenery of local villages attracts professional and amateur photo and video enthusiasts alike. More than 80 national and natural parks are spread out along the coast. Particular attention should be paid to Cape Spear: a beacon in the national park offers beautiful views of drifting icebergs brought from Greenland by the passage of a stream as well as migrating whales.
Another entertaining historical trivia occurred nearby, in the town of Corner Brook. In the distant past, it was here where Captain James Cook started his great journey around the world, having conquered the earth’s surface in a record time by the standards of those days.