A few interesting facts about Newfoundland and Labrador
· The motto of Newfoundland and Labrador is "Seek ye first the kingdom of God".
· Newfoundland is one of the largest islands in the world. Visitors should keep this in mind when planning a visit; it is not possible to see the whole island in just a few days and at least 10 days are needed for even a brief look around.
· Moose are not native to Newfoundland, but today there are more than 100,000 on the island. 2 pairs of moose were introduced early in this century and 1 pair was introduced late in the last century. All of the moose on Newfoundland today are descended from those 6 introduced moose.
· There are no snakes, skunks or porcupines on the island of Newfoundland. And there is no ragweed pollen on the island.
· Not all of Newfoundland was covered with ice during the last ice age. Parts of the Codroy Valley in southwestern Newfoundland were ice free.
· Squirrels were introduced to Newfoundland in 1963 and they have now colonized the whole island.
· Between 1857 and 1949 Newfoundland issued its own postage stamps. They are still valid for mail posted anywhere in Canada.
· The ski resort at Marble Mountain, near Corner Brook, has nearly 30 ski runs; the highest run has a vertical drop of almost 1600 feet (485 metres).
· The only authenticated Viking site in North America is located at L'Anse aux Meadows, north of St. Anthony, on Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula. The remains of the sod houses used by the Vikings can still be observed there, along with some of their artefacts.
· The Mayflower stopped in at Renews (eastern Newfoundland) in 1620, to pick up supplies, during its voyage to the New World