You may already know that Mary Brown’s Chicken & Taters was founded in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador in 1969 – but how much do you know about the beautiful province we call home?
Here are a few facts that may surprise you!
- St. John’s is the oldest city in North America, appearing on maps as early as 1519.
- Newfoundland is 108,900 sq. km in area, the 15th largest island in the world.
- There are no snakes, skunks, deer, porcupines or groundhogs on the island of Newfoundland.
- Moose are not native to Newfoundland, but after being introduced in 1904, today there are more than 115,000 on the island.
- The United States had military bases in Newfoundland from 1941 to 1945. Many Newfoundland girls married American personnel and moved back with them to the US – causing a local shortage of eligible women!
- Newfoundland did not join Canada until 1949, through a referendum victory at just 52.3%.
- The speech accents in Waterford, Ireland and St. John’s, Newfoundland are nearly identical.
- There are more pubs per square foot on George Street in St. John’s than anywhere else in Canada.
- Two dog breeds are named after the province: the enormous, gentle, web-footed Newfoundland and the most popular dog breed in the world, the Labrador.
- In the 1950s, Gander, Newfoundland was the world’s busiest airport! Before the invention of the jetliner, Gander was the launch point and refueling station for almost all transatlantic flights.
- The Vikings built a community at L’Anse aux Meadows, on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, almost 500 years before Columbus “discovered” America. Today it is restored and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Newfoundland has one of the most spectacular whale populations in the world. 22 species of whales live in the waters around the province.
And the most important fact of all…