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20 Interesting Facts About St. John’s

Facts About St. John’s

  • St. John’s was the first house of worship built in the Village of Larchmont during its most dynamic growth phase at the end of the 19th century.
  • St. John’s is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • St. John’s is on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the large Canadian island Newfoundland.
  • The city spans 446.04 square kilometres (172.22 sq mi) and is the easternmost city in North America
  • The city name has been attributed to the Nativity of John the Baptist when John Cabot was believed to have sailed into the harbour in 1497 and to a Basque fishing town with the same name.
  • The city of St. John’s has Existed on maps as early as 1519, it is one of the oldest cities in North America.
  • St. John’s was officially incorporated as a city in 1888.
  • St. John’s is the oldest post-Columbian European settlement in North America, with fishermen setting up seasonal camps in the early 1500s.
  • St. John’s, in 1958, was one of the first Episcopal parishes in the country to elect women to its vestry and, in 1973, elected Anne Geary as the first female warden in Westchester County. She became senior warden in 1976.
  • As of 2012, St. John’s contained 21 National Historic Sites of Canada.
  • John Cabot was the first explorer to sail into the St. John’s harbour on June 24, 1497.
  • St. John’s is North America’s most easterly city, excluding Greenland.
  • The accents between Waterford, Ireland and St. John’s, Newfoundland are nearly identical.
  • The unemployment rate for St. John’s was 16.3% in May 2020, up from 7.4% as of April 2017.
  • St. John’s is along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, on the northeast of the Avalon Peninsula in southeast Newfoundland.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded in St. John’s was 33.9 °C on 14 August 1876. The coldest temperature ever recorded was −29.4 °C on 16 February 1875.
  • St. John’s is twinned with Ílhavo, Portugal & Waterford, Ireland.
  • The Estimated Population of St. John’s 113,948.
  • Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless message on Signal Hill on December 12, 1901. The test signal was sent from Poldhu, Cornwall, 3,200 kilometres away.
  • St. John’s is home to the IceCaps which is a professional ice hockey team that plays in the American Hockey League.
Facts About St. John’s
Facts About St. John’s

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