Head Cove, Bay de Verde, Baccalieu Island
to Conception Bay
Head Cove is a tiny community off Route 70 with spectacular
Bay de Verde Heritage House & Story Board
Bears Cove / Baccalieu Island Look-Outs
de Verde is located near the top of the Bay de Verde Peninsula.
The community is famous for its hospitality and spectacular scenery
that includes whales and icebergs in season. The name Bay de Verde
is a combination of the English, Portuguese, and French languages.
John Guy from Cupids Colony called the community Green Bay when
he visited the area in 1612. Bay de Verde was very important to
the English West Country migratory fishery. French raiding
parties destroyed the community and killed a number of inhabitants
in 1696 and 1705. The Bay de Verde Heritage House is a merchant-class
Victorian house built in 1896 which features many exhibits, including
one on the Baccalieu Island Bird Sanctuary.
de Verde Story Board
in Bay de Verde Harbour
Island Ecological Reserve
Island Ecological Reserve is located two miles off shore. It
is the largest seabird island in Newfoundland and supports the greatest
diversity of breeding seabirds in Eastern North America. Baccalieu
Island supports the largest known colony of Leach's Storm-Petrel
in the world, approximately 40% of the global population and about
70% of the western Atlantic population of this species.
on Baccalieu Island
island also supports globally significant populations of Atlantic
Puffin (45,000 pairs - approximately 12% of the eastern North America
population); Black-legged Kittiwake (13,000 - approximately 5 to
7% of the western Atlantic breeding population); and Northern Gannet
(677 pairs - approximately 1.5% of the North American population).