In the early morning hours of Sunday, February 24, 1918, the SS Florizel, the flagship of Bowring Brother's Red Cross Steamship Line, ran aground on Horn Head Point, just off Cappahayden, on Newfoundland's Southern Shore. 94 of the 138 people on board perished in the disaster.
Anyone who knows anything about iconic American Author Ernest Hemingway will know that he has lived in Paris, France; Key West, Florida; and Havana, Cuba but few know that, in the 1920s, he twice lived in Toronto, Canada.
On August 1, 2018, the Royal St. John's Regatta, the oldest organized sporting event in North America, celebrated its 200th anniversary. This is a brief history of this famous and prestigious annual rowing competition.
There is probably no holiday in the world more steeped in tradition then Christmas. Here are just a few of these traditions, and there origins.
Buddha said "The trouble is, you think you have time". This is true for pretty much all of us. We put things off believing that there will always be time to do them later, that it is never too late. But one day it will be. What better reason to do the things we have always wanted to do, NOW.
Given the Hemingway's love of Key West and their beautiful home there, it is not surprising that many people have reported seeing the couple's ghosts— individually and together—in the building and around the grounds of their former tropical estate.
Most people have heard of Mother's Day, Christmas Day, and Memorial Day, to name just a few, but how many know about Global Beatles Day, or International Beer Day. In this article we will look at 12 lesser known observances that you probably never heard of.
As these seven people can attest to, it's never too late to try something new, and you are never too old to do great things.
Aesop was a slave, storyteller, and collector of fables, who lived in ancient Greece around 600 BCE. Originally meant for adults, his fables have become popular as a means to impart morals to children. Many of our everyday expressions are statements of the morals from these fables.
Mary Surratt, the owner of a boarding house in nineteenth century Washington, D.C., was convicted of taking part in the conspiracy to assassinate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and thus became the first woman to be executed by the US federal government.
Ghosts and witches, murders, suicides, and kidnappings, paranormal experiences, psychics and fortune tellers, it's all at the theatre, and that doesn't include what happens on onstage.
Deadman's Pond, on Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland, was once used to dispose of the bodies of people hung on nearby Gibbet Hill. Is it any wonder that it has more than its share of ghosts?
The legend of Princess Sheila NaGeira is well known throughout Newfoundland. She has inspired numerous articles, books, and even a couple of musicals. But just who was this mysterious person?
Most people have heard the story of the Mary Celeste but few know that of the Resolvin, A welsh merchant vessel discovered adrift and deserted off the coast of Newfoundland, August 29, 1884.
All our lives we are told not to be a quitter because quitters never win, but often times the key to our success is quitting.
Just inside the east gate of Bowring Park, in the west end of St. John's, NL, stands the Peter Pan monument. This is the story of how this most beloved feature of the park came to be there.
Mummering, in one form or another, has been a Christmas tradition in Newfoundland since the Nineteenth Century, when it was brought to the Island by English and Irish settlers.
Everybody loves a good ghost story but nothing quite captures the imagination, or sends chills down the spine, like an eerie, true tale of a haunted hotel.
Annie Palmer, known as the White Witch of Rose Hall, is Jamaica's most famous ghost story. But, was she really the cold-blooded murderer and cruel slave owner that legend makes her out to be?
Imprisoned for helping the Jews and aiding the resistance in Nazi-occupied Holland, Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom survived the Holocaust to found a worldwide ministry based on love and forgiveness.
Advertising is necessary to business It is how companies inform the public about there products and services. But do some ads cross a line? Some recent advertising would certainly seem to suggest so.
We return once again to St. John's, Newfoundland, one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America, for a visit to three of its haunted locations.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the oldest cities in North America, and, by many accounts, one of the most haunted. Presented here are three of the many spooky tales from the old city.
On May 20, 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in her Lockheed Vega, and landed in Ireland nearly 15 hours later, making her the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
The English language abounds with expressions that have been in common usage for so long that everyone knows exactly what they mean. Known as idioms, many of these expressions have surprising origins.
In this article we explore 13 out of the literally thousands of amazing things to do in Canada—one amazing thing for each province and territory.
Pareidolia is a condition in which one perceives familiar patterns in inanimate objects. One of the most common examples is seeing faces. This is known as facial pareidolia.
You do not have to be Catholic, or believe in the purported healing powers of Father Duffy's Well, to appreciate the story of this Catholic priest and his little roadside spring.
Marconi, Signal Hill, and the first transatlantic wireless communication.
Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site, is home to an accurately preserved 565-million-year-old sea floor that contains fossils of the oldest complex life forms on earth.
There are a lot of great cover songs out there, many of them just as good as, and some even better than, the originals. The 10 covers here are definitely not any of those.
432 Abercorn Street is considered by many to be the most haunted house in Savannah, Georgia—but just where does the reality end and the fantasy begin?
The charts are filled with music by so called one-hit wonders, a surprising number of which went all the way to number one.
The East Coast Trail consists of 26 developed wilderness paths along 300km of coastline on the East Coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Bay Bulls to the lighthouse is the first 3.5km of the Spout Path.
Located just 4.8 km (3 miles) from downtown St. John's NL, Bowring park is a 200 acre oasis, rich in history and scenic beauty; a must do for every visitor to St. John's, NL.
Begining at the Railway Coastal Museum in Downtown St. John's, NL, the Trans Canada Trail stretches more than 20,000km across Canada. From Mile Zero to Bowring Park covers the first 4km.
The vernacular of Newfoundlanders is rich in unusual words, sayings, and expressions, so much so that many people believe the province has a language all its own.
Many of Newfoundland's coastal communities have unusual place names. Here are some of the more interesting and colourful ones, along with their origins.
Signal Hill National Historic Site, in St. John's, has several excellent hiking trails. Rated from easy to difficult, they all offer panoramic views and breathtaking scenery.
The Skerwink Trail is a 5.3 km loop around Skerwink Head, following the coastline along beautiful Trinity Bay and Trinity Harbour.
Newfoundland is a hiker's paradise with more than 200 hiking and walking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, covering thousands of kilometers of this beautiful island.