New England and the Canadian Atlantic make up the most northeast portion of North America, bordered on the north by the Arctic ocean. New England refers to the area covered by six of the United States of America: Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. The Canadian Atlantic consists of the three Maritime provinces – New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia – as well as Canada’s easternmost province, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Northeastern Atlantic areas can be great places to experience good-natured entertainment and outdoor fun. Places like Boston, Prince Edward Island, Halifax, and Cape Cod all offer numerous activities, particularly outdoors. One should also consider a visit to the renowned universities of Yale, Harvard and MIT in New England. Hockey is also an extremely popular spectator sport in Canada, which can be fun attending.
All of these areas long relied on fishing as a primary source of revenue, and the classic culinary scene reflects this. Lobster, clam, cod, potatoes and corn all figure heavily into the classic New England and Canadian Atlantic menu. More adventurous eaters might search out seal-flipper pie in Canadian Atlantic, specifically Newfoundland and Labrador.
These areas’ location on the coast of the Atlantic, roughly across from much of Europe, meant that they were some of the first in the Americas to be settled and colonized. New England, as the name implies, was one of the first areas to be settled by English colonists sailing on behalf of the crown, and the culture of the area, at least historically, has represented this origin. Politically and culturally the region was the first to push for slavery abolition, a sentiment which continued throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The Canadian Atlantic first played host to early Norse settlers, then a diverse group of Italian, English and French settlements.
A popular saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes,” hints towards the climate goings and comings of the regions. Winters in these areas can get extremely cold, and summers very humid. Many tourists travel to New England and the Canadian Atlantic in the fall, when the region’s trees famously display a plethora of classic fall colorings.
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