It's no secret that Newfoundland is a charming province. It's known for its colourful houses and colourful personalities. The history dates back centuries and it's easily one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada. The ancient architecture and windy streets truly make it stand out from the rest of Canada.
This unique province has some pretty fun facts that you may find interesting. Whether you're a history buff or not! Here are a few that may tickle your fancy.
St. John's was nearly burnt to a crisp during the 18th century.
Five times to be exact! They happened in 1816, 1817, 1819, 1846, but the most deadly of all was the Great Fire in 1892.
We were the first province to receive a wireless communication in the world.
Sent by Marconi from England in 1901.
We're the most sexually active people in Canada.
Newfoundlanders love to get between the sheets.
France is only an hour boat ride away
Well a part of France — St. Pierre and Miquelon is only a few hours from St. John's.
When the clock strikes midnight out east, it will only be 11:30 p.m. in the Maritimes, 10:30 p.m. in Toronto and just 7:30 p.m. on the other side of the country in Vancouver, just to name a few.
To celebrate the start of another year the province has some COVID-19 friendly celebrations lined up.
The city of St. John's is putting on their regular fireworks show over Quidi Vidi lake but this year is asking locals to take in the lights from their car or if they are outside to wear a mask and stay apart from others.
With the province's low COVID-19 numbers, gatherings of 100 are permitted at organized public events (just 20 people for private parties) as long as distancing can be maintained.
That means a number of bars and restaurants are also planning celebrations, with all the necessary precautions in place.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is among those happy to put 2020 in the past, putting out a very enthusiastic New Year's message for Canadians.
On December 22, charges were laid in relation to the death of Jonathan Henoche, 33, while he was a prisoner at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s in November of 2019. The St. John's inmate death was ruled a homicide and 10 corrections officers have been charged.
According to the police release, the officers responsible are aged between 28 and 51. The charges are as follows: