Island Cove, Bishop's Cove
to Conception Bay
Island Cove is a unique town in its physical location and
its culture. Once dubbed as The Walled City, Upper
Island Cove still provides residents and tourists alike with examples
of stone walls that served as boundaries separating one property
from another. There are three entrances / exits to the town from
Route 70: one through the Thicket Road between Harbour
Grace and Tilton and two entrances from Spaniards Bay including
one through the scenic Bishops Cove Shoreline and the other
through Cranes Road.
1675, the population consisted of 14 men, no women, and no children.
The current population is 1774 (2001 census). The residents today
have mostly all descended from these early fishermen from England
the early days of settlement, music, songs and stories have been
handed down from generation to generation. Stories of Fairies
or Little People who play evil tricks on inhabitants and ghost
stories still abound. Music and song is a very big part of Upper
Island Cove and the community is well known for its many musicians,
singers and story tellers.
from the community are know throughout the province for their
unique dialogue, their quick wit, and brilliant sense of humour.
scenic community of Bishop's Cove lies next to Upper Island Cove.
It is built on a winding road along the sea shore.
in many parts of the Baccalieu Trail, the homes seem to cling
to the hillside defying gravity and the North Atlantic storms
and gales that strike the shore during the winter months.