Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the most unique provinces in Canada. It is referred by many as the “rainbow” province with its houses and buildings painting in different and vibrant colours. The English spoken here is slightly different than most of Canada, so much so that it is called “Newfoundland English”. Newfoundland and Labrador is a cute, unique and charming.
1. The official bird of the province is the Atlantic puffin.
2. Before joining the Canadian confederation and adopting the Canadian dollar, from 1834 to 1949 Newfoundland had its own currency. Now they are very valuable collectors items.
3. The capital city of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is St. John’s, which is also its largest cities.
4. Speaking of St. John’s, it is the oldest city in Canada, and one of the oldest in the world. It was founded in 1497.
5. It is the 12th province to join the Canadian confederation on March 31, 1949.
6. It is the most eastern province in Canada, bordered by the province of Quebec.
7. The province’s economic output is about 34 billion dollars Canadian.
8. The province has an estimated population of 531,000 people.
9. It is the 7th largest province in Canada after Saskatchewan.
10. Newfoundland and Labrador is the 15th largest Island in the world.
11. The province in total has a coastline of 29,000 km.
12. Some 90% of the population live on the main Island of Newfoundland, and the rest on Labrador.
13. The L’Anse aux Meadows is the oldest heritage site in Canada, and one of the oldest in the world. It is at least 500 years old. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was home to the vikings.
14. The province’s time zone is unique from every other province in Canada and most the world. The time is 30 minutes ahead of the normal Atlantic Standard Time Zone in Canada.
15. From 1941 to 1945 (during World War 2) the United States had military bases in the province.
16. One of the most popular dog breeds “The Labrador” is named after the province.