Things to know in Newfoundland the week of March 6-12


Cain’s Quest

Snowmobile teams from throughout Canada and Europe have returned to Labrador for the first Cain’s Quest race since 2020. The event began Saturday. Thirty-one teams will embark on the challenging adventure through 3,000 kilometres of Labrador’s rugged terrain. Cain’s Quest is the longest snowmobile race in the world, and is one of the most celebrated events in Labrador. It holds an important place in Labrador’s tourism landscape, assisting with rebuilding and revitalizing the industry by attracting teams and viewers from outside the province and country.

Kinky Boots coming

Kinky Boots is a big hearted musical extravaganza that won every major musical award, including the Tony, the Grammy and London’s Olivier Award. Kinky Boots features a joyous score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious script by Harvey Fierstein. It tells the story of Charlie Price, struggling to save his family shoe factory and Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos styled for a woman but strong enough to support a man. Through compassion, understanding and a lot of flair, this unlikely pair learn to embrace differences and create magic. Kinky Boots is a “dance in the aisles” show with the message that sometimes the best way to find a place to fit in is to stand out.

Check it out at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s March 11, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18, with performances at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are available at the Arts and Culture Centre box office.

Art exhibit

Chun Hua Catherine Dong: At the Edge of Two Worlds is now on display at The Rooms.

The work of Chun Hua Catherine Dong blurs the boundaries of here and there, the actual and the virtual, as she considers how ideas of home and self are changing with the rise of digitalization and globalization. Working in 3D printing, augmented reality, performance art, photography, video, and virtual reality, Dong explores the body—often her own body—to activate social commentary on gender, cultural identity, migration and digital diaspora. Throughout, envisioned futures dissolve binaries and borders as identity is lost, created and re-created.

The show is now on display until April 16 in the Level 3 Natural Light Art Gallery.

Celebrating Women

Mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8 at The Rooms with Remarkable Women: The Life of Anna Templeton.

Templeton made exceptional contributions to craft development and education in this province with a special focus on women and rural economies. Presenter Rebecca Howie unpacks the history of this remarkable woman, as illustrated by collections held at The Rooms, and asks the question, “Are there any learnings from Templeton’s life work that can applied to rural development today?”

This program is free for members, but space is limited so reserve your free ticket online or by calling 757-8090. Tickets are $11.50 for non-members.

Burger Battle underway

Take a bite into the best burgers downtown St. John’s has to offer. Running until March 31, try some specialty burgers and vote for your favourite from the more than 30 participating restaurants.

Learn more about participating restaurants at

Seal fishery closing

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans advises that both the commercial fishery and personal-use fishery for harp seals and hooded seals will close in all areas to all seal harvesters and all fleets based in Newfoundland and Labrador at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. This is the annual closure to allow time for seal whelping and nursing. Re-opening dates for the 2023 season for these seal fisheries, in both the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the Front off the northeast coast of the province, will be announced at a later date.

Legal presentation

A presentation by Public Legal Information of NL on the topic of wills and directives will take place Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at 10 Bennett Ave. (St. John’s Retired Citizens Association). To register email  [email protected] or call 709 746-2555.

Internet safety presentation

A presentation on safely surfing the Internet will take place Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at 10 Bennett Ave ( St John’s Retired Citizens Association). No charge and open to members and non-members. To register email [email protected] or call 746-2555.

Hunting guide

The 2023-24 Hunting and Trapping Guide is available online. The guide provides important information to hunters and trappers about big and small game hunting and trapping in Newfoundland and Labrador. Applications for the 2023-24 big game licence draw are open on the Wildlife Information Management System website until April 28. For more information, contact the Wildlife Division at 709-637-2025 or 709-729-2630, or email [email protected]

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