The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province of Canada. The topography of the west coast is dominated by the Long Range Mountains which stretch from Port-aux-Basques in the south to the tip of the Northern Peninsula. These mountains are a continuation of the Appalachians.
Corner Brook is the second largest city in the Province with a population of about 30,000. The city, founded in the 1930s, is situated at the head of the Bay of Islands, a deep fjord, on the west coast of the Island. (www.cornerbrook.com)
The Province is almost entirely English-speaking. On the western side of the Province, many of the settlers came from south-west England and the local accents sometimes reflect this heritage. There are sufficient unique words in the Newfoundland vocabulary to necessitate a Dictionary of Newfoundland English (www.heritage.nf.ca/dictionary).
South-west of Corner Brook is the Port-au-Port Peninsula, which has a long Franco-Terreneuvien heritage (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco-Newfoundlander). English is the predominant language now on the peninsula. The many place names of French origin provide evidence of the French heritage throughout the west coast.
Much of the geology of western Newfoundland is unique. In particular, the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park (about two hours drive from Corner Brook) have resulted in the designation of a World Heritage Site.(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gros_Morne_National_Park).
The earliest confirmed settlement of Europeans in North America at L’Anse-aux-Meadows at the tip of the northern Peninsula is also a World Heritage Site (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Anse_aux_Meadows).
In addition, the earliest human settlement on the island dates back over 5,000 years and is to be found at Port-au-Choix National Historic Site (on the way to L’Anse-au-Meadows). All three of these sites (and others) will be visited on the four-day post-Conference tour.