Easternmost point in North America, the Avalon Peninsula is home to brightly painted fishing villages and to the lively city of St. John's. Tourism has helped residents of this blustery realm weather the economic storm that came in the wake of the Atlantic cod fisheries' late 20th-century collapse.
Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:
"Socially resilient communities of mainly Irish settler stock occupy this beautiful rocky corner of Canada. Strong social and cultural appeal. Significant tourist potential jockeys with the burgeoning offshore oil and gas industry."
"Like going back in time—close-knit communities, a strong local culture reflected in music and art, and unspoiled scenery."
"Classic outport villages where visitors can learn about the old ways of fishing, sealing, and whaling that sustained the inhabitants for generations."
"Aesthetic appeal is very high. Archaeological sites and historic structures need more funding."