The Maritimes (or Maritime provinces) are a region of Canada on the Atlantic coast, consisting of the three provinces New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The Maritimes are located northeast of New England, southeast of Quebec's Gasp peninsula, and southwest of Newfoundland.
Newfoundland and Labrador is sometimes mistakenly included in the Maritimes, however it can only be called part of Atlantic Canada. Although it is located on the Atlantic coast, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence physically separates it from the Maritimes. It also has a uniquely different history, as it only joined Canada one century after the three Maritime provinces.
The Maritimes are home to a French-speaking minority, the Acadians.