One of the first English colonies to settle permanently in North America, this distinct region has drawn both explorers and admirers for the past ten thousand years. Amidst thousands of tiny islands, you’ll discover a geographically diverse province which nearly half-a-million currently call home. Join us as we visit the sights and sounds of Newfoundland and Labrador, and we’ll see if this fascinating place is the right retirement option for you.
Since the 16th century, these historic waters have been home to some of the best fishing in the world. Fisheries are still a cornerstone of the local economy, alongside the province’s substantial offshore oil production, thriving mining industry, and wealth of service industries. Touting one of the highest per capita GDP in the country, Newfoundland and Labrador’s rebounding economy is benefiting from its biggest surge in decades.
The athletic traditions of this interesting province are not exactly considered traditional by Canadian standards. Enormous supporters of rugby and association football, Newfoundland and Labrador host a variety of sporting events at several impressive facilities – including Patrick’s Park, the Pepsi Centre, and Shamrock Field. Once known as Newfoundland’s national stadium, King George V Park regularily accomodates crowds of up to 10000.
The oldest founded city in North America, St. John’s still possesses many of the unique and rare characteristics of its ancient roots. Tourists often browse the countless heritage sites which speckle the city. The most popular amongst them is Signal Hill, where G. Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic transmission in 1901.
The city’s economy is experiencing tremendous growth, thanks to substantial expansions in the energy industry. Residents enjoy access to the province’s largest health authority, which manages an impressive variety of hospitals – including Waterford, Janeway, St. Clare’s, and the Health Science Centre.
If you’ve been seeking an active social life, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for outings in scenic St. John’s. Seniors will appreciate the thriving nightlife on George Street, a fantastic annual Mardi Gras, and a wealth of family-friendly public events held year-round in beautiful Bannerman Park. Performing arts fans owe it to themselves to visit the famous LSPU Hall, which is celebrated for launching the careers of prominent Canadian artists like Mary Walsh and Rick Mercer.
Visitors are quick to notice St. John’s dazzling spectrum of colourful buildings. A trademark of the region, this city is an obvious gathering point for this province’s many arts communities. Home to a healthy selection of national and international film festivals, St John’s also has the distinct privilege of hosting Newfoundland and Labrador’s House of Assembly, as well as the highest court in the province. Retirees seeking gorgeous scenery and a friendly community will find a good fit with Newfoundland and Labrador. Affordable, attractive, and rich in Canadian history, it’s a fine place to spend your golden years.
Written by Josh Byer
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