Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TGCBB 2012 - Get to Know My Home

We're into the last few days of the school year and Canada's 145th birthday is right around the corner! I am happy to be participating once again this year in The Great Canadian Blog Bash, hosted by my fabulous Canadian blogging friends, Whispered InspirationsMom vs. the BoysPositively Pampered PattyGood Girl Gone Green and Kat’s Confessions. This blog hop is a fun way to connect with other bloggers, find some new reads, and learn about our country. Many participants are hosting individual giveaways (see linky below), and there are also 4 TGCBB prize packages to be won from the event!

Last year when I participate in TGCBB it was my first blog hop (a great way to start!)  I wrote about things to do in Scarborough on Canada Day, which I'll actually need this year as we aren't heading to the cottage. (More on that later.) I'm hoping many of those events will be on again in 2012, but I'll do my research soon.

This year I want to share with you some fun or interesting facts about my home province, Newfoundland and Labrador. I'll throw in some pictures too, because I tend to take lots when I'm there :)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador is the youngest province in Canada. We joined on March 31, 1949. (Or April 1, 1949, depending on whom you ask.)
  • St. John's is the oldest English city in North America
  • The total population of the province in the 2011 census was 514,536
  • The Royal St. John's Regatta is the oldest continuously running organised sporting event in North America, the first running having been recorded in 1818
  • I rowed in 1998.
  • We came fifth in our race (out of five)
  • Cape Spear is the most easterly point in North America
  • 3.5 hours west of Greenwich, Newfoundland (the island part) has its own half-hour time zone (hence, "half an hour later ...")
  • Gros Morne National Park, on the west coast of Newfoundland, is a World Heritage Site. The Gros Morne Mountain is Newfounland's second tallest peak, and part of the Long Range Mountains, an extension of the Appalachians.
  • Western Brook Pond, in Gros Morne, is a freshwater fjiord, left by glaciers. The highest waterfall in eastern North American, Pissing Mare Falls, flows into this pond.
  • Another World Heritage Site, at Lanse aux Meadows, houses recreations of 3 Norse buildings. This is the earliest known European settlement in North America.
  • We have our own breeds of dog and horse

Hop around, enter some giveaways, find some new blogs to follow. And have fun!

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