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. … Read More

Top 10 Gros Morne National Park Things to Do

Newfoundland has one of Canada’s most remarkable National Parks. Gros Morne National Park is situated in Western Newfoundland and includes more to see and do than you might realise. With World UNESCO Sites, 450 million year old geology, and the … Read More

Santa’s Origin Story

When the Holiday season comes around, you can’t without seeing pictures of a tubby man in red. Santa Claus is all over, and despite the fact that he’s customarily connected with the Christmas occasion, his backstory comes from a mix … Read More

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. … Read More

photo: Elizabeth Whitten, circa 2015 Mummers Parade

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. … Read More

Colony of Avalon – can you dig it?

With every scrape of an archaeologist’s trowel, stirring of a pot, or planting of a seed, we’re coming a little bit closer to understanding the history of the Colony and the lives of the people who lived here. Think early … Read More

James Cook

Follow in the wake of Captain Cook

Because Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming up, or maybe I have a unnatural curiosity about pirates in general – I thought it would be cool to travel like a pirate, but most pirates, of course didn’t register their … Read More

the oldest running ghost tour of the City of Legends, in North America’s oldest city

THE HAUNTED HIKE

The Haunted Hike is the oldest running historical walking tour in Newfoundland’s capital city of St. John’s, and is a walking ghost tour of amazing places in the downtown core you would otherwise never find on your own. Starting at dusk daily, this is an adventure into the paranormal and shadowy historical past of Canada’s oldest city, taking participants through shadowy alleys, winding lanes, and dark secrets even most locals don’t know about. Learn about murdered lovers, lost soldiers, unexplained fires, and dirty secrets hidden behind layers of time and bright colorful paint. … Read More