Atlantic Canada

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Atlantic Canada is the region of Canada comprising the four provinces located on the Atlantic coast, excluding Quebec: the three Maritime provincesNew Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia – and Newfoundland and Labrador. The population of the Atlantic provinces was 2,346,286 as of July 2010.[1]

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History

The first premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Joey Smallwood, coined the term Atlantic Canada when Newfoundland and Labrador joined Canada in 1949. He believed it would be presumptuous for Newfoundland and Labrador to assume that it could include itself within the existing term "Maritime Provinces", used to describe the cultural similarities between New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. The three Maritime provinces joined Confederation in the nineteenth century: New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 1867 and Prince Edward Island in 1873.

Communities

2010 figures for census metropolitan areas in Atlantic Canada. List includes communities above 15,000, by population/metro area:[2]

See also

References

  • Margaret Conrad and James K. Hiller. Atlantic Canada: a concise history. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Margaret Conrad and James K. Hiller. Atlantic Canada: a region in the making. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2001.

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