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The four Canadian Atlantic provinces.

Atlantic Canada, also known as the Atlantic provinces, is the region of Canada comprising the four provinces located on the Atlantic coast, excluding Quebec: the three Maritime provincesNew Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island – and Newfoundland and Labrador. The population of the Atlantic provinces was 2,337,561 as of 2009.[1]



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 Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. The three maritime provinces joined Confederation in the nineteenth century: New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 1867 and Prince Edward Island in 1873.


Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador.svg
Flag of New Brunswick.svg
Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg
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2006 Census figures. List includes communities above 15,000, by population/metro area: [2]

Community Province Population
Halifax Nova Scotia 411,007
St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador 181,113
Moncton New Brunswick 126,424
Saint John New Brunswick 122,389
Cape Breton Regional Municipality (Sydney Metro Area) Nova Scotia 105,928
Fredericton New Brunswick 85,688
Charlottetown Prince Edward Island 58,625
Truro Nova Scotia 45,077
New Glasgow Nova Scotia 36,288
Bathurst New Brunswick 31,424
Corner Brook Newfoundland and Labrador 26,623
Kentville Nova Scotia 25,969
Miramichi New Brunswick 24,737
Edmundston New Brunswick 21,442
Summerside Prince Edward Island 16,153

See also


  • 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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Coordinates: 47°N 62°W / 47°N 62°W / 47; -62


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Atlantic provinces

  1. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.


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