Mount Pearl Mystery

On June 22, 2010 · 5 Comments

Why do I get such a disproportional number of visitors from Mount Pearl, a small city in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada? Is there something on the Twelve Mile Circle that resonates with its 25,000 residents, or are there a handful of amazingly dedicated readers who happen to live there and stop by the Twelve Mile Circle repeatedly.

I am sure there are numerous web traffic anomalies similar to this in my logs. However this one is much more noticeable than the rest. Mount Pearl sits way out along Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, just a stone’s throw from Canada’s (and North America’s) easternmost point at Cape Spear. It practically jumps from a web traffic map because it doesn’t get hidden amid any of the clutter.

What's up with all the Mount Pearl visitors?
That’s Mount Pearl, Right There, Standing All Alone

Mount Pearl sounds like a wonderful place. Their website boasts,

Mount Pearl…“A City Within A Park” – Enjoy over 60 parks, playgrounds, multi-purpose areas and numerous outdoor/indoor community and sports facilities throughout Mount Pearl’s neighborhoods. All parks and facilities, as well as Admiralty House Museum & Archives, are linked through a 70 kilometer beautiful forested walkway system.

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Wait. What about Saint John’s? It’s the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, and it surrounds Mount Pearl on three sides. It also has four times as many people. I don’t dispute those statistics but Mount Pearl generates four times more Internet traffic for my website than Saint John’s so clearly something is going on here. I do realize that IP geolocation isn’t an exact science so maybe the preponderance of Mount Pearl traffic actually originated in Saint John’s. I don’t know.

I also couldn’t discern much of a pattern. It been a steady, constant volume each day that didn’t seem to favor any specific page or topic. I saw no spikes or surges and I saw very few days where traffic fell to zero. The mystery continues.

The St. John’s metropolitan area, which includes Mt. Pearl, ranks 20th in Canadian population. It ranks 9th for cities in Canada visiting my website. Clearly the residents of eastern Newfoundland enjoy geo-oddities in a manner that’s way out of proportion with the rest of Canada. They should be congratulated for their discerning tastes.

Welcome Newfoundlanders.

On June 22, 2010 · 5 Comments

5 Responses to “Mount Pearl Mystery”

  1. Alex says:

    The answer is probably more prosaic. Whenever I do an IP trace from my mother’s house it locates her as being in Riverwood, NSW, a suburb of Sydney several tens of kilometres from her home. It turns out there is a cable telecomms node or hub of some description there serving a big area of S.W. Sydney.

    Maybe Mount Pearl is the site of a cable hub serving the whole of the St Johns metropolitan area, or even the whole of Newfoundland.

    • @Alex: That’s a good possibility. I also get hits identified to St. John’s (and other Newfoundland towns) albeit in much smaller quantities. I’m beginning to wonder if maybe terrestrial traffic leaving the island of Newfoundland via an underwater cable might identify to Mount Pearl while satellite services or mobile phone services identify elsewhere?

  2. Hamish says:

    There are whole bunch of these issues with the different ISPs in Canada. So you probably get a lot of vists from “Weston” Ontario as well, which is the Toronto node for one of the main ISPs. Montreal appears as Westmount for some ISPs, and my favourite is Sudbuy which comes up as some tiny suburb I can never remember. I am sure Mount Pearl is simply the location for one of the ISPs for St Johns.

  3. Miguel says:

    I think technically, Mount Pearl is completely surrounded by St. John’s now. It is essentially a tax haven.

    My wife is from Mount Pearl, and I’m from St. John’s. So there’s a lot of ribbing back and forth about the status of “the Pearl.”

    Mount Pearl itself is a geo-oddity 🙂

  4. Lincoln Ho says:

    There’s an ISP in North America that had a UK IP for a few months. Whenever was pulled up, it would test out of England lol.

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