Atlantic Continental Shelf

The Canadian Atlantic coastline reaches from New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy to the northeastern tip of Baffin Island. A ledge of land that stretches as far as 1,300 kilometers offshore surrounds the continent. These ledges are called the continental shelves, and stretch along the entire expanse of the Atlantic coast. The continental shelf stretching along the Atlantic coast is ranges in width from about 150 kilometres off the coast of Labrador, to 480 kilometres in the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. This is considerably wider than the Canadian Pacific continental shelf.