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New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador

Have you ever visited those provinces? Know people from those places?

Tell us.

by Anonymousreply 71October 16, 2021 6:43 AM

The farther up east you go the weirder and more Irish the become.

by Anonymousreply 1October 13, 2021 7:53 PM

Yes. Most wonderful and warm people in the world. Especially Newfoundlanders. No one who visits is a stranger.

by Anonymousreply 2October 13, 2021 7:54 PM

I don't know her.

by Anonymousreply 3October 13, 2021 7:55 PM

I used to vacation there with my family 45 years ago.

by Anonymousreply 4October 13, 2021 8:13 PM

I visited Newfoundland in 2018. Thought it was beautiful. Would return.

by Anonymousreply 5October 13, 2021 8:16 PM

Where is OLDfoundland?

by Anonymousreply 6October 13, 2021 8:19 PM

I've been curious about that area. Is Halifax a good weekend/long weekend trip from the NYC area? Any suggestions on what to do with limited time/budge?

by Anonymousreply 7October 13, 2021 8:19 PM

My husband was born in Newfoundland and adopted by a US air force sergeant and his wife. I Have a close friend from Newfoundland and spent time with him and his family. Wonderful people. "Come from Away" pretty much gets the attitude of the people I met. Breathtaking natural beauty. We were driving one day and stopped to pick up some pop and snacks. There was an iceberg floating in the Atlantic across from the convenience store.

by Anonymousreply 8October 13, 2021 8:20 PM

Yes, you'd like Halifax. Tons to see and do there, R7. It's a great city. Take a long weekend and rent a car. Don't miss Peggy's Cove.

Iceberg Alley they call it, R8. Wonderful place.

by Anonymousreply 9October 13, 2021 8:22 PM

R7, also make sure you hit up Durty Nelly's in Halifax. Great place.

by Anonymousreply 10October 13, 2021 8:25 PM

Newfoundlanders are on half hour time. AND THEY LIKE IT.

What a bunch of weirdos.

by Anonymousreply 11October 13, 2021 9:38 PM

R8, my Dad same story, although it was still the Army Air Corp at the time I think. Corner Brook orphanage for your husband too?

Wonderful, welcoming people and HUGE families in Newfoundland.

by Anonymousreply 12October 13, 2021 9:43 PM

Newfoundland is one of those places where one's faith in humanity can be restored. I've travelled a fair bit and have never been to another place that captures that the same way.

by Anonymousreply 13October 13, 2021 9:50 PM

I'be been to Nova Scotia but I've never been to me

by Anonymousreply 14October 13, 2021 9:57 PM

The Maritime provinces are wonderful places to visit. Warm, welcoming locals and lots of beautiful sights. It's quaint living compared to a Toronto/Vancouver/Montreal...but very charming. Almost 'Ireland-Light'. Especially if you head up to NFLD...there's a strong Celtic connection throughout NS and NFLD...a little less so with New Brunswick (which borrows more from its French roots) Prince Edward Island is a perfect place to visit in the summer months into September. A real ocean playground (as they themselves call it). And the seafood throughout is spectacular (and a STEAL compared to what you pay elsewhere).

Halifax is the main port city in Nova Scotia. Lots of great pubs, bars and restaurants. Several historic sights too. Plus you're only 40 minutes away from Lunenberg and Chester...gorgeous towns along the south shore. Peggy's Cove is a worthy trek too. Again, really lovely people. Lovely sights.

Ps. if you're in Halifax, be sure to treat yourself to a Donair. It sounds disgusting (and arguably IS) but ingesting one of these delicious 'shit bags' (as the locals call them) is a rite of passage. (Just watch Matty Matheson's YouTube video on them!) They're imitated across Canada, but you can only really experience the REAL thing in Halifax. The Donair pizza is also worthy. A lot of celebrities have actually purchased homes in and around Cape Breton Island (located in Northern NS). Alan Arkin has been a longtime resident, as has Ethan Hawke and reportedly Jennifer Aniston just bought property up there too.

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by Anonymousreply 15October 13, 2021 10:15 PM

Some good info here on Newfoundland English. It's not an accent, it's a dialect.

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by Anonymousreply 16October 13, 2021 10:21 PM

Fuck you, OP!

by Anonymousreply 17October 13, 2021 10:34 PM

This video is phenomenal for anyone interested in linguistics.

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by Anonymousreply 18October 13, 2021 10:36 PM

Beautiful landscapes, very warm and friendly people, very insular, very poor. (Halifax is an exception to the poverty but has its own ghetto-like areas). Parts of rural NS are truly Deliverance-like.

by Anonymousreply 19October 13, 2021 11:07 PM

Va te faire foutre

by Anonymousreply 20October 14, 2021 6:34 AM

Thank you all for your Halifax endorsements/suggestions. R9 you mentioned the exact same things that a friend of mine, who lived in Halifax for a bit, said i.e. rent a car, Peggy's Cove etc.

by Anonymousreply 21October 14, 2021 11:35 AM

[quote]Where is OLDfoundland?


by Anonymousreply 22October 14, 2021 11:58 AM


Exactly or approximately where?

by Anonymousreply 23October 14, 2021 2:05 PM

Poole, Dorset

by Anonymousreply 24October 14, 2021 2:19 PM

Leif Erickson named Newfoundland, so old land is probably one of the Nordic countries. The remnants of old Viking settlements still exist and they're worth a visit.

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by Anonymousreply 25October 14, 2021 2:25 PM
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by Anonymousreply 26October 14, 2021 2:26 PM

[quote]lmost 'Ireland-Light'. Some parts perhaps, and NFLD's accent may sound a bit Irish but is actually closer to accents in Cornwall.

Nova Scota? No. I mean it's literally called "New Scotland", or Alba Nuadh if you're one of several thousand Scots Gaelic speakers in the province. There's also a small black community in the province, most are descendants of slaves who moved from the U.S.. One of the most famous, Viola Desmond, is now depicted on the $20 bill.

[quote]New Brunswick (which borrows more from its French roots)

Only about a third of the population is Francophone/Acadian, the rest are either British or United Empire Loyalists who moved there following the American Revolution. In southern NB you're as likely to see a Union (Jack) flag flying as a Canadian or provincial flag.

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by Anonymousreply 27October 14, 2021 2:28 PM

NFLD is Newfoundland

by Anonymousreply 28October 14, 2021 2:37 PM

Newfoundland accents are closely related to Irish, not Scottish accents, R27.

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by Anonymousreply 29October 14, 2021 2:46 PM

[quote]so old land is probably

IS probably could also mean IS NOT. That's the problem with the word probably.

by Anonymousreply 30October 14, 2021 3:54 PM

Paging The Fabulous Miss Lucy.

by Anonymousreply 31October 14, 2021 4:01 PM

R15, I've lived in Halifax for over 20 years and never once heard anyone call a donair a 'shitbag.'

Ethan Hawke owns property outside of Antigonish (on the way to Cape Breton). My mother saw him in a local coffee shop. He was wearing workboots and a plaid work shirt, very unassuming.

The rumour is that Jennifer Aniston bought property around Inverness in Cape Breton. It used to be a coal town but there's a golf course now and it's a big tourist destination. It's a beautiful place, as is all of Cape Breton.

by Anonymousreply 32October 14, 2021 4:04 PM

I would love to visit the Torngat Mountains in Labrador.

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by Anonymousreply 33October 14, 2021 4:14 PM

R25, John Cabot (Giovanni Cabotto), the Italian explorer working for England, "discovered" Newfoundland long after the Norse settlements disappeared. It was called Terra Nova (new land), which King Henry VII translated as "New founde land."

by Anonymousreply 34October 14, 2021 4:18 PM

Is Labrador named after the dog, or is the dog named after the land.

by Anonymousreply 35October 14, 2021 4:30 PM

A little history.

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by Anonymousreply 36October 14, 2021 4:46 PM

Anyone interested in Newfoundland may find this documentary on the architecture and building the amazing Fogo Island Inn an eyeopener.

The film of the locals,the hotel project, the artist cabins ,Fogo Island and Newfoundland itself is worth a look.

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by Anonymousreply 37October 14, 2021 4:57 PM

Newfoundland men aren't circumcised.

by Anonymousreply 38October 14, 2021 5:14 PM

R32 -- it might be a term before your time. It was commonly (read: drunkenly) referred to as a 'shitbag' by the 'kids' all thru the late 70s/80s (yes, I'm ancient). Robert's on the Dartmouth side and Tony's in Halifax (later Dartmouth) were the preferred go-tos.

by Anonymousreply 39October 14, 2021 6:00 PM

R35, Labrador is named after the Portuguese explorer, João Fernandes Lavrador. Lavrador means farmer. The labrador retriever is named after Labrador because it was bred from Canadian fishing dogs in Newfoundland.

by Anonymousreply 40October 14, 2021 6:09 PM

Went to the Maritime Provinces on a cruise a few years ago. St. John’s NB and Halifax, NS. Preferred the latter.

by Anonymousreply 41October 14, 2021 6:31 PM

Newfoundland (and Labrador) only joined Canada in 1949. For the longest time, the Newfies wanted to go it alone, until they ran into financial difficulties.

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by Anonymousreply 42October 14, 2021 6:46 PM


You make it sound like it wasn't their own fault.

by Anonymousreply 43October 14, 2021 7:12 PM

The men are hot. And it’s such a beautiful area. I’m a big fan of Prince Edward Island.

by Anonymousreply 44October 14, 2021 7:34 PM

I'm a Nova Scotian, living in the Halifax area. I'm a descendent of Loyalists who fled from the US (Connecticut) during the American Revolution. I will admit that at times I'm sorry they made that choice, but what the hell. I love it here, I've travelled all over the province, so I know it reasonably well. Halifax is just cosmopolitan enough to suit me, with a lot of historic sites in the area. Lots of ethnic restaurants,

Lunenburg is a lovely place to visit, settled by Germans in the early days. Cape Breton is a great place for hiking, lots of great forested areas. I've travelled through New Brunswick, but don't know it well enough to comment. I've never visited Newfoundland.

by Anonymousreply 45October 14, 2021 7:49 PM

R35, the dog is named after the land. I believe they were actually developed in England. Best dogs in the world in my opinion, smart, courageous, strong, loyal and intelligent. My black Lab died in 2020 at a good old age, Died in her sleep. I miss her terribly, haven't been able to bring myself to get a replacement. Great dog to take hiking.

by Anonymousreply 46October 14, 2021 8:09 PM

[quote]Newfoundland (and Labrador) only joined Canada in 1949. For the longest time, the Newfies wanted to go it alone, until they ran into financial difficulties.

They could've joined St.-Pierre et Miquelon.

by Anonymousreply 47October 14, 2021 9:17 PM

Peggy is barren.

And her pussy stinks.

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by Anonymousreply 48October 14, 2021 9:18 PM

[quote]Exactly or approximately where?


by Anonymousreply 49October 14, 2021 11:58 PM

Which city is better:

St. John or St. John's

by Anonymousreply 50October 15, 2021 12:13 AM

[quote] I'm a Nova Scotian, living in the Halifax area. I'm a descendent of Loyalists who fled from the US (Connecticut) during the American Revolution.

Were they bad spellers, too?

by Anonymousreply 51October 15, 2021 12:31 AM

[quote] Newfoundlanders are on half hour time. AND THEY LIKE IT. What a bunch of weirdos.

What's the reasoning behind keeping their time zone on the half hour?

[quote] make sure you hit up Durty Nelly's in Halifax. Great place.

I looked up the menu, and it looks amazing.

I'd order the fish and chips, and bangers & mash.

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by Anonymousreply 52October 15, 2021 12:33 AM

A gay friend of mine spent several months in Newfoundland - he was from Toronto but went there to help open a shop or restaurant there.

I figured he'd been without any decent hookup his whole time there, but he smiled and shook his head no. I asked him if there was a gay scene there and he said no, nothing like that.

And then he said, "It's Newfoundland. They're a very warm people. If you aren't getting laid in Newfoundland, you're either not interested or dead."

by Anonymousreply 53October 15, 2021 12:41 AM

Is Grindr the main way to meet in Newfoundland, R53?

by Anonymousreply 54October 15, 2021 12:42 AM

St John's is bigger than St John so it's better. St John isn't even the biggest city in New Brunswick.

by Anonymousreply 55October 15, 2021 6:51 AM

R53, Newfoundlanders and Quebecers report the best sex lives in Canada according to the annual survey in Maclean's magazine.

by Anonymousreply 56October 15, 2021 9:52 AM

Donair sounds delicious.

by Anonymousreply 57October 15, 2021 10:11 AM

[quote] St. John’s NB and Halifax, NS. Preferred the latter.

The former must not have made much of an impression, otherwise you’d know it’s SAINT John, NB.

by Anonymousreply 58October 15, 2021 11:01 AM

I've never been to that part of Canada, but always wanted to visit. On 911, many planes were diverted to other areas....Newfoundland was one of them. The passengers were there for a few days...maybe a week? Many of the passengers have said the people there were lovely and very welcoming. They are a very warm people. I think there was a play about it.

by Anonymousreply 59October 15, 2021 1:59 PM

Stanksleeves that smell like ripe fish instead of ripe cheese.

by Anonymousreply 60October 15, 2021 2:54 PM

[quote] I think there was a play about it.

That would be the one that was mentioned upthread.

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by Anonymousreply 61October 15, 2021 4:18 PM

The location of the film JOHNNY BELINDA is Cape Breton IIRC. The film made the locals seem so provincial and backwards.

by Anonymousreply 62October 15, 2021 4:26 PM

Porn director and DL fave Jasun Mark is from NB. His current productions are under the “Trailer Trash Boys” label - perhaps he was inspired by “Trailer Park Boys,” which is set in neighbo(u)ring NS.

by Anonymousreply 63October 15, 2021 4:31 PM

eat shit troll!

by Anonymousreply 64October 15, 2021 4:32 PM

R59, I think Maritimers/Newfoundlanders are natural flirts, they love to tease and carry on.

by Anonymousreply 65October 15, 2021 4:38 PM

Cape Breton is apparently such a nice place they were willing to pay you to move there.

by Anonymousreply 66October 15, 2021 6:24 PM

r3=Shitty Little Anne of Green Gables

by Anonymousreply 67October 15, 2021 6:47 PM

My partner and I just finished spending10 months as COVID-19 "refugees", having left Toronto for Lunenburg, NS. My partner's entire family is from Nova Scotia, so we always considered it as a potential place to live in Canada when we retire (except for winters, of course...) So, our reasoning was "Well, we may as well give it a trial run being able to work from home and see if we like it." We first planned to spend only 3 months there but we liked it s much that we kept postponing the return.

The area around Lunenburg and Kingsburg is beautiful and extremely liveable, even if you're used to accessibility of good things. Lunenburg is a beautiful little town, surprisingly sophisticated, very gay-friendly, with lots of great restaurants, art galleries, interesting businesses, kind of reminded me of Provincetown but more serene. That whole area is speckled with lovely little harbor towns like Mahone Bay. We also spent a week in Cape Breton (Ingonish), and drove around the island, which is breathtaking. Then, there's the Annapolis Valley, Halifax, or you can drive farther south towards Liverpool, and that part of the coast has some lovely beaches. Staying in that part of NS was also great, in the sense that if there was anything you wanted to do but couldn't do in Lunenburg, like have great sushi, Halifax was only an 1hr15min drive In the end, we liked it so much there that we bought a piece of land to build our post-retirement house on. The only regret is that we had wanted to do a road trip to St Pierre et Miquelon but the ferry wasn't operational at the time.

by Anonymousreply 68October 15, 2021 6:52 PM

Does St John own Newfoundland?

by Anonymousreply 69October 15, 2021 7:08 PM

What is St. Pierre & Miquelon like?

by Anonymousreply 70October 16, 2021 12:09 AM

Socially, the Maritimes are a lot like the US South, where I live now. People are incredibly friendly and hospitable, but will rip you to shreds as soon as you turn your back. Incredibly gossipy and back biting - God forbid you achieve any measure of success!

And the poster above who noted the poverty is right - sometimes it's quite stunning. My sister lives in the equivalent of a shack up towards New Germany.

It's weird reading this praise for Lunenburg - growing up nearby (in the 80s), I always thought of it as a shit hole. Times sure have changed.

by Anonymousreply 71October 16, 2021 6:43 AM
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