So, where are you going for your next vacation? Singapore? UK? New York? Vegas?   Y-a-w-n.

At Travel Secrets, we’ve been dreaming of destinations faraway. Micronesia. Monaco. Newfoundland.

Our Canada writer-photographer George Bailey was in Newfoundland, and his pix make us want to fly there, fast!

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To go, fly from Toronto to St. John’s Airport.

Flight time: 3 hours.

Round-trip fare: approx $ 600 (less if you’re willing to take a hopping flight).

Stay at Balmoral House:

four-star luxury at a jaw-droppingly affordable $ 120 per night

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Newfoundland and Labrador is a little smaller than California, slightly bigger than Japan, and twice the size of the entire United Kingdom.

Though Newfoundland and Labrador is larger than some countries, it certainly doesn’t feel crowded with a relatively small population of 510,000

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The spectacularly preserved fossils and petrified remains found at Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve on the Avalon Peninsula date back 565 million years. It’s the oldest, most diverse assemblage of multi-cellular life ever found on earth.

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Newfoundland and Labrador is served by both scheduled airlines and charter services, and can be reached via national and international connections. Our province is home to two international airports – located in St. John’s and Gander – as well as domestic airports in Deer Lake, Stephenville, St. Anthony in Newfoundland, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Churchill Falls and Wabush in Labrador. These airports are destinations for many major airlines, including Air Canada, WestJetContinental, as well as the locally-owned and -operated Provincial Airlines.

29,000 kilometres of bays, guts, headlands, harbours and coves.

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Before you go, get to know these Newfoundland words:

Bliver – “to shiver with cold”

Chucklehead – “a stupid person”

Drook – “a valley with steep wooded slopes”

Duckish – “between sunset and dark”

Duff – “pudding of flour, fat pork and molasses”

Funk – “smoke or vapor of evil odour”

Gulvin – “the stomach of a codfish”

Huffed – “vexed”

Puddock – “stomach”

Slob – “ice newly frozen”

Swatch – “to shoot seals in pools amid ice floes”

Trapise – “to walk around unnecessarily”

Twig – “to catch a meaning”

Newfoundland Sayings!

Idn’t dat fulish bye – (Isn’t that foolish…and of course we Newfies say bye at the end of many phrases, instead of the eh associated with Canadians!)

Arse foremost – (Backwards.)

Scoff and a scuff – (Meal followed by a dance.)

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