Hope, Harbour Grace,
Harbour Grace South, Bryant's Cove
to Conception Bay
Hope, off Route 70 between Carbonear and Harbour Grace, has
a picturesque harbour with many beautiful homes. Mosquito, as
it was first called, was actually the birthplace of Harbour Grace;
having been settled in 1583. The legendary Princess Sheila was
said to have settled there with her husband Gilbert Pike in 1603.
Settlers from the Cupids Plantation moved there in the 1620s under
the leadership of Newfoundlands first poet, Robert Hayman.
Mosquito School Heritage Structure is a rare example of what wooden
schools in outport communities looked like in the 1800s.
1910 during the celebrations of the John Guy Tercentenary the
name of the community was officially changed from Mosquito to
Hope Walking Trail
Kearney Tourist Chalet
Conception Bay Museum
Harbour Grace Airfield
Spirit of Harbour Grace, The Kyle
Railway Station Museum
Rev. L.Coughlan National Historic Site
The Heritage District
Victoria Manor Museum
Harbour Grace Regatta
Peter Easton Days
Conception Bay Kennel Dog Show
Trinity Conception Fall Fair
scenic town of
Harbour Grace has a rich history that spans almost
500 years. Visit the well stocked Kearney Tourist Chalet located
near Riverhead at the bottom of the harbour for information. Visitors
can take advantage of many services, including a large marina
and recreational facilities.
town's name is thought to have been derived from Harve de Grace,
illustrating the French influence in early European visits to
town, one of largest on the Baccalieu Trail (population 3380,
2001 census), has one of the most well developed harbours on the
Avalon Peninsula. From early exploration by Europeans, the harbour
has been a source of activity and wealth.
Grace has many sites of cultural and historic interest. The pirate
Peter Easton, one of the most successful pirates of
the 17th century, made the town his headquarters . The Conception
Bay Museum, which is near the recorded site of Peter Easton's
fort, contains a number of exhibits including one on pirates,
one on aviation, and one on fishing.
Harbour Grace Air Field figured prominently in the history
of Transatlantic flight. From 1927-1936, more than twenty flights
took off from Harbour Grace to fly the Atlantic, some of them
piloted by famous aviators such as Amelia Earhart.
Grace Air Field
“Spirit of Harbour Grace,” a DC-3 airplane, was restored and donated
to the town in 1993, by the Pike family to commemorate the town’s
rich past in aviation.
of Harbour Grace
Railway Station Museum commemorates the first railway line
to open between St. John's and Harbour Grace in 1884.
Harbour Grace Regatta is one of the oldest sporting events
in North America. The first Harbour Grace Regatta was held on
Tuesday, July 22, 1862.
SS Kyle, which is moored in the harbour, was built in 1913
and became the first boat to provide Labrador with a regular scheduled
service. The boat, which is immortalized in Ted Russell’s poem
“The Smokeroom on the Kyle,” is an icon in Newfoundland culture.
has a number of Heritage Structures such as the Cathedral of Immaculate
Conception, a Provincial Historic Site, and St. Paul's Anglican
Church, as well as the Court House building. In addition, there
is a Heritage District near the water front.
Anchor - Art/Crafts/Gifts is located in Harbour Grace.
Brook, Harbour Grace
The Harbour Authority of Harbour Grace was the
initiator of the Admirals Marina. It is a natural
harbour within a harbour, and has 150 berths available, fresh
water hookups, shore power, garbage services, 24 hour security,
a playground, and many exciting events happening throughout the
Marina was built to resemble a pirate fort taking you back to
the 1600s when the notorious pirate, Peter Easton, lurked the
waters of Conception Bay and built his fort in Harbour Grace.
The Admiral's Marina provides a safe haven for boats of all sizes
and is a world class facility. Great Easton Boat Tours leave from
the Admirals Marina, travelling around the harbour and as
far as Carbonear Island and back.
Easton Days, which are held in August, allow visitors to experience
the pirates who were a part of Harbour Grace history.
Easton Boat Tours operate from the Armiral's Marina.
Admiral's Marina, Harbour Grace South
Cove is a small fishing community with spectacular scenery. Off
the main road, it can be reached from both Harbour Grace South
and Upper Island Cove.