Discovery Day in Newfoundland and Labrador

Posted by on Sunday, June 26, 2016

Discovery Day this year falls on Monday June 27. It is celebrated in Newfoundland and Labrador on the nearest Monday to June 24.

It is also known as Cabot Day and remembers Giovanni Caboto’s (also known as John Cabot) discovery of the province’s island portion. Although no one knows for sure if John Cabot actually discovered Newfoundland, it is a widely held conclusion that the landing site was at Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland.

Many communities choose to hold their own celebrations but it is in Bonavista where many events take place. Some people may visit the Matthew legacy site during this period.

Discovery Day is a paid holiday for government employees in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Most government buildings and banks are closed.

The Team

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