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  • The greatest iceberg season in recent memory is drawing scores of visitors to Newfoundland's northern peninsula for a glimpse of the majestic sculptures.

  • If icebergs and whlaes are in your vacation plans this week, head over to Point Amour lighthouse in the Labrador Straits or Battle Harbour National Historic District.  

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism’s 48 Half-Hours contest to give away 48 free flights in partnership with WestJet wrapped yesterday with an incredible 900,000 entries from across Canada. The contest, hosted exclusively on Facebook, generated more than 620 entries per minute.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism and WestJet have paired up to give Canadian residents the chance to win 48 free round-trip flights to Newfoundland and Labrador in just 48 half hours (that's 24 hours to some folks), starting at noon (NDT) today (10:30 AM Eastern). You can enter to win as many times as you like, each and every half hour!

  • Mark your calendars and set your watches to the half hour.  On June 22, at 12:00 PM NDT (10:30 AM EDT), Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism is pairing up with WestJet to launch a major travel contest.

  • Parks Canada is celebrating it’s groundbreaking 100-year anniversary this summer and there will be special events to mark the occassion at the various historic and scenic sites across Newfoundland and Labrador. That means lots of interesting things to see and do, all summer long, at some of the most beautiful and fascinating areas in the province. Read on for event info... 

  • The New York Times has put Labrador at the top of its list of up and coming destinations to visit now - before the rest of the world catches on!

  • Be there a birder in temperate North America that has not dreamed of a visit to Labrador much like J.J. Audubon did. Well dream no more! You may not be able to follow in the footsteps of J.J., but you can now drive into and across the Labrador Peninsula.

    In 1987, Route 389 from Baie-Comeau, PQ, was opened, allowing one to drive the 375 miles northward through Quebec and into western Labrador. In 1991, Highway 500 was pushed through 300 miles of wilderness to Goose Bay in central Labrador. Finally, at the end of 2009, the Trans-Labrador Highway made the 230-mile connection to Cartwright on coastal Labrador then onward 200 miles to the lower north shore of Quebec.

  • Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Endurance Race is the main annual winter event in Labrador and is said to be the ultimate in extreme racing. On March 12, 2011, racers will gather in Labrador City and roar off on a 2,500-km journey through the Labrador wild, hitting 18 remote checkpoints and a further nine community checkpoints. Racers will have to bring their “A game” in this true test of endurance. And indeed they should. Racers compete for a shot at a $65,000 prize purse.

    In March 2011, Cain’s Quest will be hosting its first ever “Ladies Edition”. At 650 km, in a race to Churchill Falls and back, ladies will compete for a $20,000 prize purse.d

  • Camping at 40 years old brings back the same summer rush I had for adventure in my earlier days exploring Gros Morne National Park. Last July’s excursion to a 90-km stretch of beach in Labrador called the Wonderstrands proved I was still able to hike 100 km of wilderness and camp for seven days – and call it vacation! It was so much fun.

    The Wonderstrands is located in what is now the Mealy Mountain National Park Reserve. At 11,000 square km, it’s the largest protected area in eastern Canada. Best of all, it’s just a day’s ride from other fantastic adventures in the Labrador Straits region, including Gros Morne, Iceberg Alley and Battle Harbour National Historic Site. For my wife Rufina and I, it was only a kayak trip from Cartwright.

  • The Land of Spirits: This Globe and Mail feature is all about Canada’s newest national park — Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador. From polar bear sightings to ice bergs, all seen within one of the last untouched wilderness areas in the world, the experience was clearly an unforgettable one for the writer.

  • New York Daily News - This photo gallery outlines the top 10 reasons to love Newfoundland and Labrador, from puffin and whale sightings to stunning scenery, hiking trails and cutting-edge cuisine. And why just stop at 10? We can think of at least 10 more!