Friday, July 25, 2014

18 Fun Facts About Newfoundland

Dildo, Newfoundland
We’ve recently just come back from a fun road trip across Canada, and you really can’t complete a trip across Canada without visiting Newfoundland.

Newfoundland is almost a world of its own, and there’s so much history on this not-so-tiny island.

Here are some fun and interesting facts we’ve learned about Newfoundland:
  • St John’s is the oldest city in North America.
  • John Cabot was the first explorer to discover North America in 1497. It is believed he landed somewhere north of St John’s. There is a statue of him in Cape Bonavista where he is presumed to have landed.
  • Cape Spear is the most easterly point in North America. It’s a fun tourist attraction to see, and is also home to a WWII bunker.
  • The Cape Spear lighthouse is a National Historic Site in Canada.
  • Newfoundland officially joined Canada in 1949 as the 10th province, but was previously offered to become part of America.
  • Lucky for Newfoundland, they don’t have any skunks, porcupines, snakes, deer or even crickets. This may sounds strange, but Newfoundland is an island, and everything has to be imported. It’s not common for people to import such things as skunks onto an island when colonizing it.
  • Oddly enough, Newfoundland has its own time zone. They are a half hour ahead of the Atlantic Standard Time.
  • Part of Newfoundland is considered the foggiest place in the world.
  • Dildo is a town in Newfoundland. A popular tourist attraction for the immature kids in all of us.
  • Newfoundland also has a town called Ferryland.
  • Newfoundland’s real estate market is booming right now due to high demand for oil workers who need homes.
  • There are only 2 ways to get to Newfoundland, by air or by boat.
  • Screech-in is a traditional way of welcoming in non-Newfoundlanders to the province. It consists of a shot of screech, a short recitation and the kissing of a cod. Trapper John’s seems to be the most popular place to get screeched-in if you’re visiting Newfoundland.
  • Believe it or not, Newfoundland is a very busy place in the summer time. It’s extremely hard to find a hotel or car in St John’s during summer months. People book months in advance, and tourists often have to travel out of town to find a hotel room in summer months. There is also a mass shortage of rental cars during summer months.
  • Newfoundland played a big roll on 9/11. This is something I’ve only recently learned of. On September 11th, 39 flights were rerouted from their original landing zones in America, to Gander, Newfoundland. Over 6,000 passengers landed in Gander, Newfoundland, and were housed and fed by locals.
  • Newfies have amazing hospitality, and are very kind people.
  • The Atlantic puffin is the provinces official bird, but we’ve been told by locals that 90% of Newfies have never seen a puffin.
  • Moose were introduced to Newfoundland in 1878. The moose population is estimated to be around 100,000 now.
Random fact about me: we’ve been across North America twice and have yet to see a moose EVER!

Do you have a fun fact about Newfoundland that you’d like to add to the list? Leave a comment below.

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