Here are 5 interesting Newfoundland facts to know if you’re visiting us!
- We have our own time zone, and it’s 30 minutes off! Rather than making the usual 1-hour adjustment when you travel between time zones, in NL you’ll need to adjust by an additional 30 minutes. Newfoundland Standard Time is 30 minutes ahead of Atlantic Standard Time, and 1.5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
- The official flower of the province is the Pitcher Plant. It is generally found in bogs and marshes in Newfoundland and can be seen in the provinces logo as well.
- Newfoundland is an island. While the province is officially called “Newfoundland and Labrador,” locals generally refer to the areas separately. What divides the two is.. water! Labrador is connected to the mainland, while Newfoundland is an island. To make it to the island (which is the common tourist destination) you need to either fly, take the ferry, or swim! We don’t recommend swimming.
- The capital of Newfoundland and Labrador is St. John’s, which is located on the Avalon Peninsula area of the island. Close to half of the province’s entire population lives in this area, while the rest of the population is much more spread out.
- When driving on our highways, keep a close watch for moose. There are thousands of moose on the island, and it is not uncommon to see one. Should you see a moose while driving, slow down and prepare to stop, as they can dart into traffic at any time unexpectedly. Some higher-risk areas will be marked with signs, but be aware that moose can appear even in areas with no signs.
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