Discover the Symbolism of the Unique Coat of Arms of Newfoundland and Labrador
What are these very strange, very interesting creatures on the Newfoundland and Labrador coat of arms? No, they aren't Labrador puppies (as cute as that would be). They are actually two silver unicorns and two gold lions. The two crowned unicorns symbolize the monarch of Scotland, and the two crowned lions represent the monarch of England. The coat of arms of Newfoundland and Labrador was granted by King Charles I of England on November 13, 1638.
Various Facts about the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
Did you know that Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province in all of Canada? Newfoundland is actually an island, and Labrador is the mainland to the northwest. Most Canadians refer to the province itself as Newfoundland since approximately 94% of the province's population does live on the island. The ocean surrounding Newfoundland is home to twenty-two species of whales!
Newfoundland and Labrador has approximately 102 days of snowfall every year - that's the second-highest total in all of Canada's provinces and territories! Newfoundland also has a pretty unique food vocabulary. For example, do you have any idea what a Jigg's Dinner is? It is one of Newfoundland's most traditional meals, and consists of salt beef, vegetables and pease pudding. What is pease pudding? It is a savory pudding dish made from boiled legumes, of course. Naturally, you can't pass up Figgy Duff for dessert. You don't know what Figgy Duff is either? It is none other than raisin pudding! Besides its strange food names, Newfoundland and Labrador is also known for its mineral deposits. Did you know that nickel, copper and cobalt have all been found near Voisey's Bay in Northern Labrador? Quite a well-rounded province.