Roberts, Coley's Point
to Conception Bay
Photo: Dennis Brown
Bay Roberts Interpretation Centre
The Cable Office Heritage Structure
Christopher Pratt Art Gallery
"The Road to Yesterday" Museum
Cable Office Concourse Area
Veterans Quay Marina
The Klondyke Causeway
Bay Roberts East Heritage Hiking Trail
The Coish Walking Trail
Spring into Summer - June 8th
Canada Day Festivities - July 1st
Klondyke Days - July 25 - Aug 5
Halloween Activities - October 31st
Bonfire Night - November 5th
Festival of Lights - Dec 1- Jan 6
Winter Carnival - March 21 - 24
Roberts, population 5237 (2001 census), is the 10th largest
town in the province. The towns new Interpretation Centre
on Veterans Memorial Drive features information, displays,
arts, and crafts from all over the region.
addition to an extensive organized recreational program, the community
has a number of planned activities during the summer, including
Canada Day Celebrations and Klondyke Days with the Klondyke Concert,
one of the largest Provincial Summer Concerts.
from Klondyke Concert
Veterans Quay Marina, located in the heart of the town,
is used by many pleasure craft visiting the area. The Coish Walking
Trail follows the shoreline around the bottom of the harbour.
The Coish, which means riverhead in Ireland, was named by the
early Irish residents who settled there.
Roberts Canadian Legion Marina
Photo: Bev Gleeson
restored Bay Roberts Cable Building (the former Western Union
Building), a Provincial Heritage Structure, contains the "Road
To Yesterday" Museum, the Archives, and the Christopher
Pratt Art Gallery on upper level; and Town Council Chambers
on the lower level. Across the street is a beautifully constructed
concourse area which overlooks Bay Roberts harbour.
Concourse Across From Cable Building
museum exhibits are the Kopper Kettle Tea Room and the General
Store from the Mercantile Exhibit. Exhibits were donated by the
community and reflect the town lifestyle before Newfoundland joined
Canada in 1949. The general store contains elements from a number
of the towns general stores.
General Store from Mercantile Exhibit
Roberts East Shoreline Heritage Walk is a trail that winds
through the earliest settlement of Bay Roberts (Juggler's Cove
and French's Cove). Along the trail are remains of rock walls,
foundations, root cellars and grave sites. The trail includes
picnic areas and washrooms.
Roberts East Shoreline Walk
Roberts provides major transportation, distribution, and services.
The harbour, one of the largest and safest in the province with
year round operations, contributes to the town's economic growth.
The town has superior recreational and park facilities and programs,
including an indoor swimming pool, the Bay Arena, 5 playgrounds,
a large recreational field with outdoor lighting, and tennis courts.The
town's growing resential areas show a pride of ownership which
contribute to overall impression of peacefulness and beauty.
Area of Bay Roberts
People(people who have summer homes on the Baccalieu Trail)
and weekend visitors are important tourists in Bay Roberts. Businesses
such as Morgans Furniture and Wescal Department Store offer
services to people all across the province.
Inn & Donna's Country Kitchen (Motel), Photoshirts,
Gifts, Framing, Bay
Roberts Heritage Museum, Morgan's Furniture & Appliances,Neville's
Laundromat & Hairstyling, and Wescal Department Store are members who provide services in Bay Roberts.
Roberts at Sunset
Point with Klondyke Causeway
Photo: Dennis Brown
Point, part of the municipality of Bay Roberts, is located on
a tip of land on the South side of Bay Roberts Harbour.
In 1896 the Klondyke Causeway was completed across the harbour
to Bay Roberts, facilitating transportation and providing easier
access for the residents of Coley's Point to the services and
facilities offered by the larger community.
Klondyke Causeway was built by hand by local residents. People
began building the causeway on a volunteer basis; however, in
1897, there was a complete failure of the Labrador fishery,
so many people in the community were without employment or money.
The government agreed to pay people to finish the causeway.
People compared the project to the Klondike Gold Rush, and so
the Causeway got its name - with a slightly different spelling.
of Newfoundland’s well known writers were born on Coley’s Point.
Ted Russell wrote "The Chronicles of Uncle Mose" and other radio
plays including ” The Holdin' Ground.” He is recognized as one
of the first and foremost writers to use Newfoundland outport
settings and characters as personifications of themes which,
while appearing to be local, are actually universal in their
scope and appeal.” ( Quoted from Memorial University of Newfoundland,
Archival Treasures from the Files of The Gazette.) Award-winning
playwright David French, author of the critically acclaimed
Saltwater Moon, was also born at Coley's Point.
Churches of various Christian denominations played an important
role the development of Coley’s Point, as they did in all communities
on the Baccalieu Trail. Around the Trail, the Church still plays
an important role in community life.
John the Evangelist Church