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Do you know discovery day is celebrated twice in a year on different dates and in different provinces? Why? Check out the significance of the discovery day which is celebrated in Newfoundland and Labrador here. - Brought to you by PartsAvatar Auto parts.
Well, Discovery day is celebrated by different provinces in Canada twice on different dates. Those provinces are newfound land, Labrador and Yukon. But most of us, don’t know the difference between them.
In this article, my purpose is to highlight the major facts about newfound land and Labrador’s discovery day which is celebrated on June 26. Also covered in this article are some facts about discovery day celebrated in Yukon. So, Take a look.
A look at the past!
New found land and Labrador distinguish itself from other Canadian provinces by celebrating discovery day on a different calendar date. Discovery day also known as Cabot Day commemorates John Cabot’s arrival to Newfoundland which marked the first discovery of the Canadian province in 1497.
Cabot left Europe on May 20, 1497, aboard his vessel, The Matthew, and landed in present day Bonavista on June 24, 1497. He sailed from England in hopes of reaching Asian continent but instead he reached present day Newfoundland.
Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador celebrate this day each year near June 24 to commemorate John Cabot’s first expedition.
Discovery day is a provincial holiday in Canada and is a paid holiday for government employees in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a good opportunity for those who want to explore the beauty of Newfoundland.
Take a look at some compelling facts about this day and Newfoundland.
Discovered by John Cabot
As read above Newfoundland was discovered by John Cabot on June 24, 1497. So, it is also called Cabot day. Although john Cabot claimed the land for England, his name was actually Giovanni Cabotto and he was born in Italy.
Different date in Newfoundland and Labrador
Discovery day is also celebrated in Yukon on every Monday in August. But in Newfoundland and Labrador, it is observed every year near June 24. It commemorates Giovanni Cabotto also known as John Cabot and its history is entirely different from Yukon.
Discovery day in Yukon
In Yukon, discovery day goes back into the era when George Washington Carmack learnt about the presence of Gold at Bonanza Creek in Yukon on 17 august, 1896.
This discovery prompted traders and miners in North America to get interested in gold. However, the boom was brief with the introduction of power driven mining methods which replaced miners.
Do you know why Cabot named it Newfoundland?
John Cabot was certain that he is heading over to Asia. In fact, in sailed in hopes of reaching Asian continent. Upon discovery of the land, Cabot named it Newfoundland after realizing that he had not reached Asia. Hope he found Asia afterwards!
Residents speak unique English dialect
John Cabot not only discovered Newfoundland but also influenced its language. Even today, the natives of Newfoundland and Labrador speak a unique dialect of English called Newfinese. This dialect stems from island isolation and the interaction between French, Irish and English that was brought with European settlers.
Friendly and approachable people say hello in their distinctive accents which is a treasure from their irish and english forefathers. At christmas time its not uncommon to bump into traditional mummers, locals dressed in outlandish disguises visiting from houses to houses laughing, singing and dancing!
Read the Race to the new world to learn more!
If you are interested in John Cabot and his discoveries, then you should read “The race to the new world” by Douglas Hunter.
Visit Bonavista, where Cabot landed
John Cabot landed in Bonavista on his ship called “the Matthew”. The present day town has a full size floating replica of the Matthew which attracts loads of tourists.
The picturesque coastal town of Bonavista is surrounded by cliffs, icebergs, scenery and a light house. Unleash your inner explorer and visit Bonavista for some great adventure just like John Cabot. Imagine how the explorer might have felt on his epic voyage to North America.
Catch a glimpse of 10000 year old icebergs from the top of the Cape Bonavista light house historic site, and look out over the horizon where our light keepers have stood since 1840s.
Whales, seabirds and icebergs are usual guests along the amazing shorelines surrounded by dense trees.
Dance to Irish- French tunes!
Popular artists from Newfoundland and Labrador including Great Big Sea, Shanneyganock and the Irish descendants mesmerize the crowd with the music which is mixture of Irish, English and Cornish traditions.
Don’t forget to try Newfoundland culinary dishes such as Tinned cream, fish ‘n’ brewis or corned beef and cabbage with a twist.
Learn culture and sports!
It has been a good opportunity for artists, athletes and organizations to get a chance to present their ideas on this day. Additionally, this day provides an opportunity to learn history and culture of Canada. Celebratory events include outdoor concerts, historical characters and various art and cultural activities.
Other attractions include the kids walking parade, talent shows and motorcade involving 100 cars.
Discovery day symbol in Yukon
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Matthews is the major symbol of discovery day. But in Yukon, discovery day is symbolized by a flag consisting three vertical sections. The green section represents forest; white section represents snow and deep blue section represents rivers and lakes in Yukon.
The section on the center signifies the coat of arms and floral emblem represents the fireweed.
Activities that mark Discovery day in Yukon
On discovery day in Yukon, several family friendly activities, tournaments and festivals are organized. People, specially visit Dawson city to view historic street theatre and watch photo Mounties also known as the royal Canadian mounted police in full uniform.
Dawson city is the center of Klondike gold rush and Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon.
So, if you want some different experience this summer, then why not try Newfoundland! Its beauty and picturesque landscape won’t disappoint and it has a lot to offer!
In the end, Enjoy Discovery day and discover your inner explorer!!
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