The Best of Newfoundland

The Canadian island of Newfoundland lures visitors to North America's easternmost point, where they fall head over heels.

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Become One of the Newfies
Photo: Michael Hanson

Become One of the Newfies

"Congratulations," the bartender says with a wink, passing me a yellow certificate. "You've kissed the cod and done the shot, and now you're an honorary Newfoundlander."

I've just been "screeched-in," a tradition that—according to the makers of Screech rum—started in the 1970s, when departing sailors would kiss a cod before heading south to Jamaica to bring boats full of rum back to Newfoundland (pronounced new-fin-LAND).

Pictured: A local fisherman holds cod, a staple on most Newfoundland menus.

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