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Did You Know? Fun Facts about Newfoundland & Labrador!

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…

There are 39 (and counting!) Mary Brown’s locations in Newfoundland & Labrador!

by Darlene Giles | April 16, 2019