Guest Post by Candice Walsh.
Candice Walsh, of Free Candie, is a technical writer for a deep sea technology company and an associate editor at Matador Network. When she isn’t writing about sonar equipment, she’s shooting whisky and hitting on men, or eating nachos and dreaming about travel. She’s currently stationed in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The more I travel, the more I realize Newfoundland is a whole different world sometimes. Even while I’m here in Nova Scotia, just an hour’s flight away, I’m constantly reminded of how different my island is. Some things I’m not so crazy about (i.e. the isolation), but others make me realize how blessed I am to live in such a unique place.
Here are just a few reasons why The Rock stands out:
We sell beer in convenience stores. Yep, I keep forgetting that around here, you can actually run to the corner store and pick up a half-case of beer. The only other place in Canada that does this (to my knowledge) Quebec.
Newfoundland has no crickets, porcupines, skunks, snakes or deer. We do, however, have a whole lot of moose…over 100,000. They were introduced over 100 years ago.
99% of the world’s critically endangered Boreal Felt Lichen is in Newfoundland.
St. John’s is the oldest city in North America.
Newfoundland and Labrador has its own dictionary. The province’s language and dialect is so diverse, different communities spread throughout the island often have their own, unique accent.
The island has its own time zone, 30 minutes ahead of Atlantic Standard Time.
Both Newfoundland AND Labrador have dog breeds named after them.
The most eastern point in North America is Cape Spear.
Newfoundland was its own country up until 1949, when it joined Confederation with Canada.
94% of the total province’s population reside on the island. The rest is in Labrador.
Newfoundland has a community named Dildo. Not kidding.
L’Anse aux Meadows, on the northern-most tip of the island, is the only known site of an ancient Norse settlement in North America (outside of Greenland).
On September 11, 2001, 39 aircrafts were diverted to the tiny airport in Gander. More than 6,600 people (over 60% of the local population) were taken into homes for up to 3 days until the airspace reopened. Today, people who were stranded still visit their hosts who offered the ultimate acts of hospitality and kindness.