Edition 2: May 31, 2001
In our second issue, the Bed and Breakfast Traveller visits Newfoundland and Labrador, whose hospitable hosts invite you to "Come into our homes; sit at our kitchen table; enjoy a cup of tea and get to know us."
There's never a dull moment when you visit Newfoundland and Labrador: skiing - downhill and cross-country - snowshoeing, snowmobiling. Swimming, hiking, and rockclimbing. Theatre, symphony, and rock concerts. Folk and traditional music. Festivals of all kinds - constructed around drama, music, and food. Sight-seeing, with sights like whales and icebergs, crashing seas and rolling hills, deep fjords and rugged plateaus. The list goes on.
Newfoundland and Labrador, the Far East of the Western World
The range of activities runs from the passive to the active, the sedate to the pulse-pounding. Where else can you experience the old world and the new, visit the past, present, and future in the same day?
Come to the Labrador Straits Bakeapple Folk Festival; best bakeapples you ever tasted, if you've ever tasted one. Join the folk at Corner Brook's
Celebration of Summer. Or celebrate the sea at the Mussel Bed Soiree, in Lewisporte on the northern shore. Festivals from June to October,
celebrations all year round. Spend a Strawberry Summer in Steady Brook, feel the romance of Une Longue Vielle in Cap St. George.
"Coming home to Badger's Quay"
The year 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of the receipt of the first transatlantic wireless signal by Guglielmo Marconi on Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland. That day, December 12, 1901, was the beginning of a new way of transmitting information over vast distances, thus shortening the gap between people and places.
"...where you'll always be welcome."
For the year 2001, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is planning celebratory activities to bring global attention to Marconi's story and accomplishments and to Newfoundland and Labrador's remarkable role in communications.
The province's Marconi celebrations, called Receiving the World, will celebrate Newfoundland and Labrador as a prime tourism destination with a host of events designed around Marconi and his contribution to our modern way of life. In addition, the Marconi celebrations will focus attention on the world of information technology with a series of activities to highlight and explore advances in wireless technology, marine communications, and other areas of the information technology sector.
In recent years the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has developed major year-long tourism initiatives beginning with the 1997 Cabot 500 Celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of John Cabot's arrival in the New World. This was followed by the Soiree'99 Celebrations in 1999 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the province's confederation with Canada.
"Receiving the World in 2001"
Most recently, in 2000, the Province held its highly successful Vikings! 1000 Years Celebrations marking the 1000th anniversary of the Vikings discovery of North America and their landing at L'Anse aux Meadows on Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula. While each of these celebrations focussed upon specific historic events, they also created a showcase of cultural activities and heritage programs to complement visitors' experiences. Each celebration was a tremendous success, evidenced by the dramatic rise in visitation to the
province since 1997.
Receiving the World in 2001, Newfoundland and Labrador will once again welcome the world - we are extending an invitation to participate in our Marconi festivities.
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
P.O. Box 8700,
St. John's, Newfoundland
Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL)
Phone : 1-800-563-0700
Fax : (709) 722-8104
107 LeMarchant Road
St. John's, NF
Photographs for this issue courtesy of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador