Top 10 things I will miss when I move away from Newfoundland

11 Feb, 2011

In a few days I will be moving away from this great province. Here are the things I will miss the most.

  1. Fries, Dressing and Gravy
    Ask for this anywhere else and they give a look like you asked for motor oil as a condiment. I will have to start making it myself. Hopefully Ches’s will survive without my patronage.
  2. Zip-lining over Steady Brook Falls

    Trail Systems
    This is something almost everyone in this province takes for granted. We have some of the most beautiful trails in the world. I never ever came close to completing the East Coast Trail despite my fancy map.

  3. George Street
    One of highest concentrations of bars in the world, this really needs no explanation from me. Whether you want to let loose and ‘giver to the liver’ or want to relax and have a pint at a pub, this place has something for everyone.
  4. Jiggs Dinner
    Not sure what I am going to eat on Sundays as a substitute for jiggs dinner.  Maybe I can get my folks to overnight some jiggs on Saturdays?
  5. Beer
    Newfoundland beer is a staple in my diet. I know while I am away I will seriously consider couriering NL brews to the mainland. So delicious.
  6. Hospitality
    Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have made a name for themselves through their hospitality. I doubt any other place in the world would let masked people into their homes with wet, mucky boots on and still offer them drinks. I’m referring to mummering btw.
  7. Destinations, oh so many places to explore
    I’ve traveled most everywhere in the province and there is still so much to discover. Northern Bay Sands, Gros Morne, Marble Mountain, Trinity, O’Derin, The Spout, Golden Sands, Terra Nova, Cupids… I could actually go on and on. This should be a blog post in and of itself. If you are in Newfoundland I recommend you take some time and visit parts of the province outside of St. John’s.
  8. Sayings and slangs
    Whadda’yat? From what I understand most people outside of the province will have no idea what I’m saying, even when I try to speak slow.
  9. Weather
    Opps, that’s a typo.
  10. The Ocean
    Even when you can’t see it you can feel it in the air. It will be hard to adjust.

Addendum: It should go without saying that I will miss my friends, family, and family dog. Those items rank higher than this list can go.

Edit: Eversweet Margarine was the old number 9 until I learned Eversweet Margerine is available in Toronto.

About the author


I am an ex-pat Newfoundlander who has uprooted and moved to the big city of Toronto. I develop web applications for work and for fun. I play ultimate and ice hockey year-round and camp every chance my girlfriend will let me.

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  1. John Gushue
    February 11, 2011

    Don’t be a virtual stranger! Good luck with wherever the road takes you next.

  2. Amanda
    February 11, 2011

    Greg… you do know a couple of these wouldn’t be a problem if you picked the right province to move to and came to B.C… just sayin’

    My number one is my freinds… but heck that’s just me :)

    NL is going to miss you too Greg Pike!

  3. Murray
    February 11, 2011

    There are lots of great things in Ontario as well and I am sure you will have a great time!

    Looking forward to continued articles.

  4. February 11, 2011

    A friend of mine says Eversweet is available in Toronto, which is where I am going. I will hunt near and far to get it as regularly as I need it. Delicious.

  5. Steve
    February 12, 2011

    Have you ever gone to Twillingate, Greg? That’s a place in Newfoundland I think everyone should visit. I love it there!

  6. February 12, 2011

    I haven’t, but I plan to. Trust me I’m not done exploring this beautiful province.

  7. Beson
    February 14, 2011

    Best of luck Greg. Have fun, stay entertaining.

    There are lots of things to do in Ontario – it is a beautiful province outside of the cities – you won’t get bored.

  8. June 28, 2015

    You left out that wonderful homemade bread and all the beautiful girls (I married one).

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