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Newfoundland and Labrador Facts and Figures


Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on June 20, 2024

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 Newfoundland and Labrador ranks 108th among provinces and states with markers in this database. Newfoundland and Labrador is a province in Canada located in the Atlantic Provinces. Newfoundland and Labrador is some 653 thousand square kilometers in size with a population of around 520 thousand people. The province is divided into eleven divisions and seven of them have entries in this database. In Newfoundland and Labrador we have discovered historical markers in 15 cities and towns lying in 15 postal delivery areas.

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There are at least 52 historical markers in Newfoundland and Labrador, by our count. We have cataloged 52 historical markers—each individually presented on illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Newfoundland and Labrador marker in the database, Castle Hill, was added November 15, 2014. It was photographed in Placentia in Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland. The last one added was submitted on December 16, 2014, and titled Port aux Basques - North Sydney. It is near Channel-Port aux Basques in Nunatukavut, Labrador and had been erected in 1998. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Newfoundland and Labrador was erected in 1961. It was this one: Battle of Signal Hill, and one of our correspondents found it in St. John's in Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland on November 16, 2014.

Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Topics
9 • Communications
9 • Settlements and Settlers
8 • Industry and Commerce
8 • Forts and Castles
6 • Waterways and Vessels
5 • Exploration
4 • Science and Medicine
3 • Railroads and Streetcars
3 • French and Indian War
2 • Colonial Era
    ... and others ...

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians don’t want to forget their Communications history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Newfoundland and Labrador about Communications—nine of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is Settlements and Settlers with nine markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Communications topic was First Transatlantic Wireless Signal, added November 15, 2014. It had been erected in St John's in Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland. The last one submitted was submitted on December 15, 2014, and titled Fox Point Lightouse. It had been erected in St. Anthony in Great Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland. The earliest marker erected with the Communications topic that we have listed was erected in 1985. It is Transatlantic Radio Signals, found in St. John's in Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland on November 16, 2014.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Newfoundland and Labrador? What we know is that Noon Day Gun is the most viewed entry in the database from Newfoundland and Labrador since it was added in 2014. It is located in St. John's in Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland. It is also the most viewed entry so far this year.

Divisions, Cities and Towns

The Newfoundland and Labrador division with the most historical markers listed in this database is Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland, with 35 of them. It is followed by Great Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland with seven markers. The St. John's area of Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland has the highest number of markers within its limits, 23. In Great Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland the area with the most markers, 3, is St. Anthony.

Historical Markers in These
Newfoundland and Labrador Divisions
35 • Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland
7 • Great Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland
5 • Labrador
2 • Humber Valley, Newfoundland
1 • Nunatukavut, Labrador
1 • Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland
1 • Central Newfoundland

Checking the database for the city or town in Newfoundland and Labrador with the most markers we again find St. John's at the top of the list with 23 markers in or near it. It is followed by Placentia in Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland with six markers. For the postal code with the most markers it’s A1A at the top of the list with 12 markers in its delivery area. It is followed by postal code A1C with nine markers.

Historical Markers Near These
Newfoundland and Labrador Cities and Towns
23 • St. John's
6 • Placentia
3 • L'Anse-au-Loup
3 • Ferryland
3 • St. Anthony
2 • Red Bay
2 • Blackhead
2 • Corner Brook
2 • St Lunaire-Griquet
1 • St John's
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland, the first marker added to the database from there, Castle Hill, was added November 15, 2014, and was also the first one submitted in all of Newfoundland and Labrador. in Placentia. The last one submitted was uploaded on December 8, 2014, and is titled The French Attack Ferryland, in Ferryland. The earliest marker erected in Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland that we have listed was erected in 1961. It was Battle of Signal Hill, found in St. John's on November 16, 2014.

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By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2014
Latest Entry from Newfoundland and Labrador
“Port aux Basques - North Sydney”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Placentia. The first we touched on earlier: Castle Hill. The last: Port Royal and Castle Graves added on November 19, 2014.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers province-wide in Newfoundland and Labrador today. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada has erected numerous historical markers in Newfoundland and Labrador. Also, a number of divisions have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Tourist Attractions? Or Something Off the Beaten Path?

Newfoundland and Labrador offers both and there is plenty of history to check out. If you live in or are visiting Newfoundland and Labrador, hit the road and check out places where something of interest once occured, or where famous or infamous people once stood. Our database can help you find some of these places. And perhaps you’ll find some we don’t know about and will take the time to photograph them and add them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Jun. 20, 2024