Saturday, 3 June 2017

Canadian province – Newfoundland & Labrador

This is one of a series going through the 10 Provinces of Canada in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest. 

Location – Newfoundland & Labrador is the most easterly Province of Canada.  Newfoundland is an island and Labrador is on the mainland.  Newfoundland was a British colony/dominion until 1933.  It became part of Canada in 1949.  As well as the large island of Newfoundland, there are about 7000 other islands in the Province.

Origin of name – The Province used to just be called Newfoundland – the Labrador bit was added to the name in 2001

Nicknames – The Rock, The Big Land (Labrador)

Flag – apologies to the residents – but this flag is a bit of a dog's breakfast

Capital – St John's

Flower – Pitcher plant

Bird – Atlantic Puffin

Signature foods – Fish & Brewis with Scrunchions ( maybe an acquired taste?)

Famous places to visit – Gros Morne National Park, Cape Spear, Signal Hill, Fogo Island

Famous people from the Province  - I couldn't find many people I recognised other than Clarence Birdseye who is considered to be the founder of the modern frozen food industry.

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