St. George’s Day is almost upon us, this year taking place on April 23rd.
As in England, St. George’s Day in Canada commemorates the Roman soldier and then Christian martyr’s life. While we might recollect his sacrifices and bravery, in Canada this three-day long weekend has also become an opportunity for families to spend quality time together.
Many natives spend the day catching up with old friends, enjoying hobbies and exploring the great Canadian landscape. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Newfoundland and Labrador, a favourite destination for those planning holidays to Canada and the only province in the country to declare St. George’s Day a public holiday.
Situated in Canada’s Atlantic region, the remote island of Newfoundland and northwest mainland Labrador make-up a unique province with its own distinct dialect and way of life. Once conquered by Vikings, today the surrounding seas sustain the local area with fishing being a successful industry for Newfoundland and Labrador.
Perhaps the biggest pull for this province is its fantastic scenery; rugged coastlines dotted with brightly coloured fishing communities, such as St. John’s, are a staple in Newfoundland and Labrador. Of course, with its breathtaking views the area is also a popular spot for outdoor activities. Car hire in Canada makes it possible to take in the stunning surroundings on a road trip from the nearest major city of Quebec to the eastern coast.
Once there, the tranquil atmosphere and slower pace of life are near impossible not to fall in love with. Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador’s landscape should be a high priority for anyone visiting. Why not take the opportunity to do as the locals do and celebrate St. George’s Day with a hike along the clifftops of the Skerwink Trail? Or take a boat trip to discover some of the more isolated coves and maybe catch a glimpse of the whales that have made the local waters their home.
If cultural pursuits are more your thing, The Rooms art gallery and museum in comparably ‘busy’ St. John’s should provide inspiration. Newfoundland and Labrador’s historic landmarks bring visitors face to face with the area’s past and maritime ties; Signal Hill and Cape Spear Lighthouse are particularly good examples and are well worth an excursion.
Truly, it’s the province’s natural beauty that lures people to this region. Hardly surprising given the untouched landscape and rare wildlife on offer in Newfoundland and Labrador.