The Setting

  • WELCOME TO THE ROCK

    The island of Newfoundland is known as "The Rock"

    The story of Come From Away is set in Gander & the surrounding towns of Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.

    When the U.S. shut down its airspace, Canada offered to house inbound planes flying from Europe. Planes were diverted to fly into Gander International Airport.

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  • Community

    Gander and its neighbouring towns Glenwood, Lewisporte, Appleton, Gambo, and Norris Arm all welcomed “Come From Aways” into their homes.

  • BY THE NUMBERS
    • 6,579

      NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT WERE GROUNDED IN GANDER ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

    • 10,000

      APPROXIMATE GANDER POPULATION IN 2001

    • 38

      NUMBER OF PLANES DIVERTED TO LAND IN GANDER

    • 100

      NUMBER OF COUNTRIES REPRESENTED BY THE PEOPLE GROUNDED IN GANDER

    • 19

      NUMBER OF ANIMALS IN CARGO

    • 317

      NUMBER OF MINUTES THE “COME FROM AWAYS” INITIALLY WAITED TO EXIT THE PLANES

    • 4

      NUMBER OF HOURS IT TAKES TO GET TO THE NEAREST STARBUCKS (IN ST. JOHN’S)

    • 550

      NUMBER OF HOTEL ROOMS IN GANDER

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Speak like a NewfoundLander

Roll over each phrase to learn more about each "Newfinese" phrase (the Newfoundland insider language)

  • Come From Away A traveller to Newfoundland - someone who wasn't born there
  • Sweet Jesus in the Garden I'm surprised
  • Long may your big jib draw May you have good fortune
  • God love your cotton socks You're good man
  • A scoff and a scuff Dinner and a dance
  • Who knit ya? Who's your mother/parents?
  • Like a birch brooms in the fits Messy hair
  • I'm gutfoundered. Fire up a scoff. I'm hungry. Make me some food.

The Screech In

Kissing the cod or a “Screech-in” is a Newfoundland tradition used to welcome newcomers, so it is fitting that the “Come From Aways” were welcomed in this way.

The ritual is typically performed at a pub by a Newfoundland resident.

The newcomer kisses a codfish and is asked by a resident, “Is ye a Screecher?” The newcomer must reply “Deed I is, me old cock, and long may your big jib draw!” which translates to “Yes indeed, my friend, may there always be wind in your sails.” At that point, they consume a shot of Screech (a type of rum) and receive their certificate from the Royal Order of Newfoundland Screechers.