Growing Great Places Together

“Our Town” – Bay Roberts is a flourishing community with approximately 6,000 people. The people of our community take the initiative to ensure community prosperity while preserving our unique culture and history. The resourceful and expansive harbour of Bay Roberts captivated voyaging fisherman from the English country of Devon, and the Channel Island. Sections of the beach had flat rocks which permitted curing of fish without using flakes. The fishermen were assigned their respective sections which were called “fishing rooms”. By the 20th century, a thriving fishing community had developed in French’s Cove in Eastern Bay Roberts. Along the famous “Shoreline Heritage Walking Trail”, you can admire the remnants of the era, including fishing stages, rock walls and root cellars.

In 1910, Bay Roberts became an important link to the outside world. The Western Union Cable Company installed a relay station which connected England to the Western Hemisphere. The Bay Roberts station provided a private line between Sir Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The original red brick building still stands today and is now a National Historic Site. Not only this, but the building also houses our Municipal Offices, the Road to Yesterday Museum, the Christopher Pratt Art Gallery, as well as the Bay Roberts Archives. Recently, there has been considerable growth with respect to both housing and industry in the Town of Bay Roberts. Also, priority has been placed on the preservation of our history and culture, with the specific intention of expanding tourism endeavors. Our goal is to accommodate the growth of local industry while being deliberately attentive to environmental responsibilities. Our community is built on a strong foundation based on volunteer action, independence, and perseverance. Thus far, community pride is evident through the initiatives which have been completed and in progress.

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