Getting Oriented

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Getting Oriented

The province includes the island of Newfoundland and Labrador; the latter is on the mainland, bordering Québec. Most airlines fly in to the provincial capital of St. John's (not to be confused with the city of Saint John, in New Brunswick), on the Avalon Peninsula, making it the logical starting point for visitors to Newfoundland. Moving clockwise around the perimeter of the peninsula, you'll traverse the Cape Shore. Farther west, on the main island, is the Burin Peninsula, and to the north are the Bonavista Peninsula and Notre Dame Bay. On the west side of Newfoundland, the peninsula stretches up toward Labrador; Corner Brook, Newfoundland's second largest city, is a good starting point for exploring the mountains. In Newfoundland, you'll do much of your driving on Route 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, which goes east–west.

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