It may be hard to imagine life in your new home. Newfoundland and Labrador is truly a unique place to live. We have a long and rich history: our provincial capital, St. John’s, is the oldest city in North America. Today, with its modern amenities, world-class dining, and vibrant cultural scene all minutes from pristine coastlines and woodlands, Newfoundland and Labrador offers the best of urban and rural living. Our cities are much smaller than major Canadian cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver – but if you’re seeking a new adventure and a different way of living, you’ll feel right at home in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The province is larger than many countries, including Germany, Great Britain, Japan, and New Zealand. With a population of 530,000, mostly clustered in urban areas, the province has one of the lowest population densities in the world. There are six national parks and over a dozen provincial wilderness parks to explore. The world-famous East Coast Trail offers stunning scenery and is accessible only minutes from downtown St. John’s. For a general orientation to Newfoundland and Labrador, including our history and economy, please see About Newfoundland and Labrador.
Newfoundland and Labrador is a northern climate with weather varying greatly through winter, spring, summer, and fall. Temperatures in the summer average 16°C, while winter temperatures average just below freezing, which often means snow. Residents of the province find ways to enjoy all the seasons, including camping, hiking, sports, and fishing in the summer and snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter. For more information on our climate please visit newfoundlandlabrador.com.
City of St. John’s
Most international students attend school in the City of St. John’s, as it is home to the main campuses of Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic, as well as the Marine Institute. It is the oldest city in North America, and is full of unique architecture and old-style European charm. With a population of around 200,000, the city and its surrounding area offer all of the modern amenities you might want, alongside beautiful scenery and coastlines. The city is a port town, with its downtown centered around the harbour and iconic Signal Hill. The downtown area boasts a strong local food culture with world-class restaurants, coffee shops, microbreweries, pubs, and clubs.