Today I was reading up on some of my province’s history, and I thought I’d share some of this wonderful info with all you fine folks. I hope it’s not too boring.
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador consists of two sections, the island of Newfoundland and the mainland portion of Labrador. The most easterly Canadian province, the island portion is situated at the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and is the 16th largest island in the world. Labrador shares a border with Quebec.
Here are some fun and interesting facts about this historic province:
- To get to Newfoundland you need to fly or take a boat.
- Newfoundland was the last province to join Canada (1949)
- The Mayflower stopped in at Renews (eastern Newfoundland) in 1620, to pick up supplies, during its voyage to the New World.
- Marconi received the first Trans Atlantic Wireless signal in 1901 at Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, overlooking St. John’s, Newfoundland.
- George Street, located in downtown St. John’s, is closed to traffic twenty hours a day, and is widely understood to have the most pubs per square foot of any street in North America.
- Newfoundland has its own time zone, the Newfoundland Time Zone, and is 3.5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.
- Newfoundland is the site of the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America. The site of a multi-year archaeological dig, the settlement dating to more than 500 years before Christopher Columbus, contains the earliest known European structures in North America. It is believed to be the Vinland settlement of explorer Leif Ericson
- “Newfoundland has some of the strangest and silliest community names in the world. For example:
Joe Batt’s Arm, Come-by-Chance, Conception Bay, Dildo, Upper Dildo, South Dildo, Bad Bay, Empty Basket, Goblin, Harbour Harbour, Nameless Cove, Cow Head, God Bay, Devil Cove . . . Click here to see more.
I have to go do some work now, so I’ll add more as the day goes by.
_The moment you lose your faith in people, I recommend you save up your pennies and take a trip to Newfoundland. Meet the Newfoundlanders and your faith will be restored. You will meet total strangers and they will become friends. You will walk in as an unknown soul and come out with buddies who’ll stand up for you in any fight. You will hear them laugh at themselves, sing songs and tell tales. They will take life’s curves with grace and know that being alive is a whole lot better than being dead. They will treat you for who you are and not put on phony airs. If you need a hand, you get an army. They will take you in, buy you a round, make you part of the family and by the time you leave the Rock, you’ll fall in love with the place. You see, Newfoundlanders are Newfoundlanders wherever they go. After all, as John Crosbie once said, you can always tell the Newfoundlanders in Heaven, they’re the ones who want to go home!
If Your Faith is Sagging, Hug a Newfoundlander!!!
Rick Bell. Calgary Sun_