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Fair well to Nova Scotia, Hello Newfoundland!

Nova Scotia (/ˌnoʊvə ˈskoʊʃə/ NOH-və SKOH-shə; French: Nouvelle-Écosse; Scottish Gaelic: Alba Nuadh) is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is one of the three Maritime provinces and one of the four Atlantic provinces. Nova Scotia is Latin for "New Scotland."

Most of the population are native English-speakers, and the province's population is 969,383 according to the 2021 census. It has the largest population of Canada's Atlantic Provinces. It is the country's second-most densely populated province and second-smallest province by area, both after Prince Edward Island.[9] Its area of 55,284 square kilometres (21,345 sq mi) includes Cape Breton Island and 3,800 other coastal islands. The Nova Scotia peninsula is connected to the rest of North America by the Isthmus of Chignecto, on which the province's land border with New Brunswick is located. The province borders the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east, and is separated from Prince Edward Island and the island of Newfoundland by the Northumberland and Cabot straits, respectively.

Newfoundland (/ˈnjuːfən(d)lənd,-lænd/NEW-fən(d)-lənd, -⁠land, locally /ˌnjuːfəndˈlænd/NEW-fənd-LAND;[5] French: Terre-Neuve, Canadian French: [taɛ̯ʁ.nœːv]; Miꞌkmaq: Ktaqmkuk)[6] is a large island situated off the eastern coast of the North American mainland and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The island contains 29 percent of the province's land area. The island is separated from the Labrador Peninsula by the Strait of Belle Isle and from Cape Breton Island by the Cabot Strait. It blocks the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River, creating the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the world's largest estuary. Newfoundland's nearest neighbour is the French overseas collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

After a short 2 week visit out east, three provinces, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, I asked myself this, if I were to relocate, which would it be? It's a tough decision, but I had pretty much predetermined my answer. I've had a longstanding love of newfoundland, from the first time I set foot on the ROCK. Still love Quebec, and Nova Scotia, but there's something different about Newfoundland, it's a little bit like leaving the country, without leaving the country. So from where does this special affinity come from? let me explain;

Newfoundland is actually not that far from France & Portugal. This is because a couple of islands, known as Saint Pierre and Miquelon, that sit only 19 kilometres (12 miles) off the coast of Newfoundland are technically part of France.

The islands are all that remain of what was once New France. If you are in Newfoundland and would like to visit Saint Pierre and Miquelon, you can take a ferry or fly there.

Just keep in mind, you are leaving Canada so you will need a passport!

Newfinese, or Newfoundland English, is the local accent/dialect and is totally unique to Newfoundland and Labrador. The accent is also considerably different from the English spoken in other provinces.

In fact, Newfinese also varies a lot within the province! With strong influences coming from British English, Scottish, Irish, and even a little bit of French, you will often be left wondering if you are in Canada or in Europe!

Only becoming a part of Canada in 1949, Newfoundland is considered the newest province in Canada. And it almost didn’t happen!

Newfoundland became the 10th and final province of Canada after only 52.3% of the province agreed to it in a referendum.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province in Canada and lies between the 46th and 61st parallels. The island portion is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the larger Labrador portion is attached to the eastern part of the Canadian mainland.

Newfoundland and Labrador has a reputation for being friendly. Warm and welcoming, fun loving and funny to the core, the people here are also known for their natural creativity, unique language, and knack for storytelling. Perhaps that's why Maclean’s magazine thinks Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the Top 10 Friendliest Cultures in the World!

There's much more and I could go on about food, culture, architecture and much more. First step is to go visit, and see what the hell I'm talking about! Cheers, and have a great day!

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