Living in Newfoundland

Spectacular scenery and a distinct culture.Photo Credit: Courtesy Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

Newfoundland and Labrador has a unique heritage. Settlers from Europe began farming and fishing here in the 1600s. Settlement continued throughout the centuries and in 1949, the Dominion of Newfoundland became the 10th province of Canada. Recently, the name of the province was changed to Newfoundland and Labrador to reflect the island portion of the province (Newfoundland) and the mainland portion that borders on Quebec (Labrador).

Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province in Canada and is almost one-and-three-quarters times the size of Great Britain, with the majority of residents living in urban areas. Newfoundland and Labrador offers a distinct culture and warm hospitality to visitors and has several diverse regional areas, each with its own spectacular scenery and landscape.


St. John’s has a moderate maritime climate. In winter the temperature rarely goes below -10°C (15°F), while the average temperature in summer ranges from 20°C to 24°C. Winter storms can be severe and should not be taken lightly. On the other hand, summer and autumn days are usually very pleasant. To avoid bad weather, most university buildings and residences are accessible by a tunnel system and many buildings are connected by pedestrian overpasses.

Time Zone

The island of Newfoundland has its own time zone (NT). Newfoundland Standard Time is 30 minutes ahead of Atlantic Standard Time and one-and-a-half hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

St. John's

Capital city of St. John’s

Capital city of St. John’s

Photo Credit: Courtesy Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism

St. John’s is the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador and the oldest city in North America, with a metro area population of about 181,113.

Located on the Avalon Peninsula, on the eastern shores of the province, St. John’s offers city living combined with beautiful nature. The city has something for everyone from outdoor recreation to cultural events to entertaining nightlife.