Victoria is an incorporated town in Conception Bay located approximately midway on the Bay de Verde Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Take a look below for 16 awesome and amazing facts about Victoria, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
1. Victoria, located on Route 70, is often referred to as the “crossroads to Trinity and Conception Bays.”
2. Victoria may have been named after the Queen.
3. Dotted around Victoria and surrounding areas are small fishing communities that were established due to the proximity of each community to the fishing grounds.
4. Locally, Victoria goes by many nicknames, including “The Village” and “The Savage Hollar”, although the use of these names has decreased in recent years.
5. The community of Victoria is believed to have originally begun as a “winterhouse” for people from Freshwater and Carbonear.
6. People eventually built permanent dwellings around Beaver Pond, along the road between Carbonear and Heart’s Content.
7. In the nineteenth century the settlement was named Victoria Village, in honour of Queen Victoria.
8. Although Victoria is an inland community, it is in walking distance of Carbonear, Freshwater and Salmon Cove.
9. Most of the earliest settlers were fishing families (most of the men engaged in the Labrador Fishery).
10. A small amount of farming and livestock raising was also conducted where the produce was sold in Carbonear.
11. There was a camp built at Victoria to house prisoners of war during World War II.
12. The Americans felt this was a security risk for their bases in Newfoundland, so this structure was never used and it was taken down in 1943.
13. The climate of the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent land areas is influenced by the temperatures of the surface waters and water currents as well as the winds blowing across the waters.
14. Because of the oceans’ great capacity for retaining heat, the climate of Victoria are moderate and free of extreme seasonal variations.
15. Precipitation falls on the area both as snow in the wintertime and moderate rainfall in summer.
16. The Gulf Stream and Labrador Current converge just off the coast of Newfoundland and provide for very dense fog that can linger in the area for days.