St. John's Regatta

HSMBC Plaque Location


St. John's, Newfoundland



Date Designated:  1989

Plaque Status: Plaqued in 1992

Reason for Designation

 Canada's oldest organized sporting event, held since 1826


Other Info




Plaque Text


Considered the country's oldest organized sporting event, the St. John's Regatta has always had the atmosphere of a country fair.   Developing from boat races held on the harbour as early 1816, the Regatta soon became  an organized event with both rowing and sailing contests.   By 1826 the rowing matches of the "Day of the Races" were moved to Quidi Vidi Lake where, with few exceptions, they have been held annually ever since.   The Regatta's tune, "The Banks of Newfoundland," was adopted by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment as its march in World War 1.



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