Happy Birthday Canada: 10 Fun Facts About Newfoundland & Labrador

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The most easterly province, Newfoundland & Labrador, is the newest province to the Dominion of Canada being incorporated in 1949, before that it was an independent country! Make sure you're pronouncing it properly, as resident Newfoulanders (not Newfies!) pronounce the name NewfoundLAND, rather than NewFOUNDland!

Now that you've been introduced to the province let's take a look at some fun facts!

Fun Facts About Newfoundland & Labrador

  • St. John's is the oldest city in North America, and Water Street is the oldest street in North America!
  • The first transatlantic wireless message, sent from Cornwall, was received on Signal Hill, 3200 kilometres away, in 1901.
  • On September 11, 2001, 39 aircraft's were diverted to the tiny airport in Gander. More than 6,600 people were taken into homes for up to 3 days until the airspace reopened. A great example of Newfoundlander hospitality!
  • Gander Airport 9/11

  • The most eastern point of North America is Cape Spear
  • Newfoundland is the island portion of the province. Nicknamed "The Rock" it is home to 94% of the total population of the province!
  • Two famous dog breeds get their names from the province, Newfoundland's or Newfies, and the most popular breed in the world the Labrador Retriever!
  • Retriever and Newfie

  • Newfoundland & Labrador has it's own timezone that is 30 minutes ahead of Atlantic time and 90 minutes ahead of Eastern time!
  • There are no skunks, snakes or crickets on the island of Newfoundland, but there are plenty of moose!
  • Sorry Christopher Columbus, the Norse actually discovered America first! They landed on the site of L'Anse aux Meadows, the very northern tip of Newfoundland in the year 1000. They even built a small settlement there!
  • We hope you enjoyed learning about Newfoundland & Labrador as we did! Comment below with your favourite fact or share one that you love that we missed! Up next: Nova Scotia!

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