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Was Newfoundland it’s own Country?

Most people don’t realize Newfoundland used to essentially be its own country. It was what’s known as a dominion which basically functioned the same way as an independent country up until 1934 when a British appointed commission started to rule it. It wasn’t until March 31, 1949, when after one of the closest votes in Canadian politics, Newfoundland and Labrador officially joined Canada.

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Our towns and cities, soaked in centuries of colourful history and culture
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Why Colourful Newfoundland?

Why vacation in Colourful Newfoundland? You may be wondering the same thing. If you’ve never been to Newfoundland and know little about this place, it’s easy to miss the point. Maybe you’re a sun and sand destination traveller, or maybe you’ve been to every Canadian province except for Newfoundland. Either way, if you’ve never been here it may be hard to believe in magic. Some say Newfoundland is in the middle of nowhere, but that’s a matter of perspective. Just take a look at a map and see where Newfoundland Canada is. One can easily say Newfoundland is in the middle of everything.

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The Newfoundland Wolf is Back

In May 2012 Joe Fleming from Bonavista Newfoundland shocked the world when he posed in a photo with an 82 pound animal he killed with his rifle on the Bonavista Peninsula. Joe had thought the animal was a coyote but at closer inspection, he believed it was actually a wolf. Later the animals DNA was analysed and sure enough, it was a wolf.

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Christmas Whales

Thirty-five years ago, a small group of whales were trapped in ice in Springdale harbour. They became known as the Christmas whales, and saving them became a community project.

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photo: Elizabeth Whitten, circa 2015 Mummers Parade
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Mummer’s Festival – let them all in!

The history of the Mummers Festival – an annual parade of people dressed as mummers. It’s a wonderful spectacle, full of young, old, locals and people who haven’t the faintest what a mummer is.

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