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Where Is Atlantic Canada?

Atlantic Canada is a Canadian region consisting of four Canadian provinces.

Atlantic Canada is a part of easternmost Canada made up of the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Halifax, Saint John, Sydney, Charlottetown, Moncton, and Fredericton are the biggest cities in the region. The region covers a total area of 193,256 square miles, and its population of 2.33 million people, translating to a population density of 13 persons per square mile.

Climate of Atlantic Canada

Summer in Atlantic Canada begins in late May and ends in late August. July is the warmest month experienced in Atlantic Canada when temperatures reach highs of 25 degrees Celsius. However, regions around the Bay of Fundy still experience heavy rains and fog even in the summer, caused by the warm air from the Gulf Stream. Atlantic Canada experiences winter between December and March, with temperatures plunging to freezing. Heavy snowfall is experienced in most of Atlantic Canada during these winter months. High humidity is seen along the coastal regions during winter. Spring and fall come in March and end in May, and torrential rainfall characterizes the period.

Tourism In Atlantic Canada

Among the most famous tourist attractions in all of Atlantic Canada is the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, which is a well-preserved historic Viking settlement situated on Newfoundland’s northern peninsula that dates back to the 11th century, and regarded as the earliest settlement of Europeans in North America. The Bay of Fundy is another crucial tourist magnet, which is not the only scenic but is also home to the Fundy National Park where the world’s highest tides can be observed. Another tourist site of great interest is Peggy’s Cove of Nova Scotia. The site which has a vibrant fishing community is quite striking. Peggy’s Cove is also home to the most photographed lighthouse in the world, which is frequently rocked by gigantic waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The central north coast of Atlantic Canada is home to another popular tourist attraction, Prince Edward Island National Park, which is endowed with a fantastic biosphere. The major airports found in Atlantic Canada include Greater Moncton International Airport, Halifax International Airport, Saint John Airport, and the Greater Fredericton Airport among others, which facilitate the arrival and departure of international visitors. Alternatively, one can also use the reliable bus services to get around Atlantic Canada, with the three major bus companies being Maritime Bus, Greyhound, and DRL Coach Lines. Additionally, a ferry service connects the islands to mainland Atlantic Canada.

Culture Of Atlantic Canada

The cultural composition in Atlantic Canada is diverse as it is rich. European culture is dominant in the region, but there is a small presence of native aboriginal culture in parts of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. English and French are the most common languages in the region and the official languages in the provinces that make up Atlantic Canada. The entirety of Atlantic Canada is renowned for its seafood, with a culinary experience found nowhere else on earth. Lobster, cod, mussel, oyster, and clams make up the main dietary items in Atlantic Canada. The seal-flipper pie is another interesting dish only found in the region. Wines and rum are the most popular drinks in the region.

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