Cool facts about Twillingate:

Did you know…? Twillingate is one of the oldest seaports in Newfoundland, visited by the French fishing fleet around 1650. It was these fishermen who named the islands “Toulinquet.” Before the French came indigenous people had lived here for a long, long time - since 1500 BCE.

In the story, Gus is part Newfoundland Dog. Did you know…? Newfoundland dogs are great swimmers and love to rescue people. One Newfoundland ship dog is credited with diving off the deck of a boat in the dark and rescuing Napoleon Bonaparte after he had fallen into the water!

Did you know…? Built in 1876, Long Point Lighthouse got damaged in an EARTHQUAKE that struck off the coast of Newfoundland in 1929. They repaired the light house and put reinforced concrete all around the tower in case of another earthquake!

Did you know…? The glaciers of western Greenland, where 90% of Newfoundland’s icebergs originate, are amongst the fastest moving in the world, up to seven kilometres per year. Between 10,000 to 15,000 icebergs are calved, break off a glacier, each year. The tallest known iceberg in the North Atlantic was 168 metres high.

Cool facts about Gander:

Most of the streets in Gander are named after famous aviators, including English aviators Alcock and Brown.

They made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919 in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber. They left St. John's, Newfoundland and landed in Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.

Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean She set many other records and wrote books about her flying experiences.

Charles Lindbergh was an American aviator. He won a big prize, the Orteig Prize: making a nonstop flight from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, to Paris, France.
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker was an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient. He was America's most successful fighter ace in the war.

Marc Garneau, is a Canadian famous for his space flights, three flights aboard NASA Space Shuttles in 1984, 1996 and 2000.
Charles Elwood Yeager is a former United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight.

Gander is famous because of an award-winning musical called “Come From Away”. The authors set this play in Gander after the terrible attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Thousands of people were stranded in Gander. They could not fly back to their homes so the people of Gander looked after them and helped them in many ways.
An airport was built in1935 near what would later become the town of Gander. The builders chose this site because it was very close to the great circle route between New York and London.
Gander was once known as the "Cross-roads of the world."
A big aircraft crashed at Gander on December 12, 1985. It was call the Arrow Air Flight 1285, on December 12, 1985. Many people lost their lives in the Arrow Air, Flight 1285 accident. It was worst air disaster to happen in Canada.

Cool Facts about Bell Island

Did you know that people from England knew about the iron ore on Bell Island as early as 1578 (that's a long time ago) and the colonists at Cupids (1613) sent off samples of that ore to England for analysis. They even tried to have the iron deposits added to their colony's land grant.
Did you know that Bell island is 34 square kilometre island, 3.5 Kilometres wide and 9.7 kilometres long. There are over 3000 people living there.

Did you know there are any types of rodents? Here's a list of some of them you might not have guessed:
  • porcupines
  • chipmunks
  • squirrils
  • muskrats
  • woodchucks
  • hamsters
  • gerbils
  • and of course,mice and rats!
Did you know that mice and rodents can swim. A rat can tread water for up to three days and little mice can swim long distances.

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