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Tilting in Canada

By Linda Tancs

They say that there are more varieties of English spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador than anywhere else in the world. One of those varieties is the Irish lilt in Tilting. Newfoundland and Labrador’s first Heritage District, it’s located on Fogo Island, the largest of the offshore islands in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Irish settlers arrived in Tilting in the 1700s to fish its cod-rich waters, and their influence remains to this day despite becoming part of the Town of Fogo Island through an amalgamation of towns in 2011. In fact, the community’s Irish roots greet you from a roadside welcome sign (in English and Irish). For a more personal greeting, you’ll want to head to Foley’s Shed, a gathering spot teeming with Irish accents, where an illuminated shamrock in the window will usher you in.


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