Paradise is a town on the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Take a look below for 27 fun and fascinating facts about Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
1. The town is a part of the St. John’s Metropolitan Area and borders the City of St. John’s, the City of Mount Pearl, the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, and the town of Conception Bay South.
2. According to the 2016 Canadian census the population of Paradise is 21,389, after recording a 21% increase in population over five years.
3. While parts of Paradise have been inhabited since the late nineteenth-century, mainly as farmland, its growth only took off in the 1830s and 1870s as a “bedroom community” of nearby St. John’s.
4. It grew at a slow pace until the early 1990s when the Town of Paradise was amalgamated with the Town of St. Thomas.
5. Other developed areas which had previously been administered by the Southern Metropolitan Board, an agency of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, were also amalgamated with Paradise.
6. These areas are Three Island Pond, Topsail Pond, Elizabeth Park, and Evergreen Village.
7. Recently, Paradise has been identified by Statistics Canada as the fastest-growing municipality in Atlantic Canada.
8. Precambrian bedrock underlies the town, with a belt of volcanic rock along the coast and clastic sedimentary rock inland.
9. The soil is for the most part a stony loam podzol mapped as Cochrane series.
10. Peat is common in poorly drained areas.
11. Paradise is the starting point for the annual Tely 10 Mile Road Race, one of the oldest races in Canada. The race begins near Octagon Pond in Paradise before heading towards Mount Pearl.
12. The town crest of Paradise was created by a former town council member and one time mayor, “Black” Arch Janes in 1986.
13. The War memorial located at the town hall was also designed by Arch Janes before his death in 1987.
14. The Paradise town council is made up of a mayor, deputy mayor, and five councillors.
15. The current mayor of the town is Dan Bobbett, a former Paradise town councillor.
16. Paradise is part of three provincial electoral districts; Conception Bay East – Bell Island, represented by David Brazil, and Topsail-Paradise, which is represented by Paul Dinn.
17. Sarah Stoodley, the MHA for Mount Scio, also represents a small part of the Elizabeth Park subdivision in Paradise, near the Mount Pearl border.
18. Dianne Whalen was the mayor of Paradise for 18 years before entering provincial politics in 2003.
19. The town is represented in Parliament by two MPs: Jack Harris, who represents the district of St. John’s East, and Ken McDonald, who represents the district of Avalon.
20. On September 29, 2009, Newfoundland and Labrador held municipal elections in its municipalities. Paradise had two people running for mayor – incumbent Ralph Wiseman and 19-year-old Kurtis Coombs.
21. On September 30, it was announced that Coombs had won the election, making him the youngest mayor in Canada.
22. He had beat Wiseman by three votes, having 1,821 votes compared to Wiseman’s 1,818. However, a recount revealed that the two were tied. Under Newfoundland and Labrador’s Municipal Elections Act, a draw is used to determine the winner if a recount results in a tie.
23. Wiseman was announced the mayor when a piece of paper with his name was drawn out of a recycle bin that contained both his name and Coombs’. Coombs planned on requesting a judicial recount and recommended that another election be held.
24. On October 6, a judge ordered that the results be recounted again, which took place on October 13.
25. The following day it was announced that the recount resulted in another tie. Joyce Moss, the town’s chief returning officer, stated that the result from the random draw will stand, resulting in Wiseman remaining as the town’s mayor.
26. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, Paradise is 96.2% White, 3.1% Aboriginal, and 0.7% Other.
27. Based on the 2016 Census, the median income for the Town of Paradise was $107,542 before taxes and a median income of $89,037 after taxes.