Island Harbour

Located off the beaten path, this little community is stretched along a large harbour dotted with many islands. As the closest community to Twillingate on the mainland of Newfoundland, Island Harbour was once the hub for sealers from Fogo Island going to St. John’s to catch a boat to the front. When the ice came in, men from all around Fogo Island would walk to Island Harbour. From here they would travel across the ice to Twillingate where the train would take them to St. John’s. Once in St. John’s they would get on a sealer to go out to the front to hunt.

Island Harbour was a fishing town. Now that the fishery is closed, the fishing premises that once thrived remain unused and falling down. There has been little development in Island Harbour since the closure of the fishery - many of the homes are empty and the people have moved away.

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Intangible Cultural Heritage

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000