Grand Falls-Windsor

History

Grand Falls-Windsor, a unique and historically rich community, was incorporated on January 1, 1991 when the two former towns of Grand Falls and Windsor amalgamated. In 1768, Lieutenant John Cartwright ascended the Exploits River and named the ’Grand Falls’. However, it wasn’t until 1905 that the town of Grand Falls was established. Unlike most communities in Newfoundland in which settlement occurred gradually, Grand Falls came into existence almost overnight. Fear of war in Europe forced the British Harmsworth family to search for an alternate source of newsprint to feed their publishing empire. In their search for a suitable location for the construction and operation of a pulp and paper mill, Harold Northcliffe and Mayson Beeton visited the Grand Falls. For more information on the history of the town, visit townofgrandfallswindsor.com/

Unique Characteristics

Grand Falls-Windsor, a major hub serving 98,000 people in Central Newfoundland, has a very active and vibrant cultural community with art shows, choirs, a community jazz band, local music and entertainment, drama club, dinner theatre and theatre festivals. The town has a number of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. There is a local cross-country ski club and trail, parks for camping, and waterways in the vicinity of the town for activities such as kayaking, canoeing and white water rafting. Hunting and fishing lodges are located in the central area (in close proximity to the town) and salmon fishing on the Exploits River is a favourite activity of many local residents. The town is home to two stadiums, ideal for both competitive and recreational ice hockey and figure skating. Tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields and an 18-hole golf course are also accessible within the town limits. Finally, the town has many indoor sports facilities, including the YMCA (gymnasium, weight room, squash courts and swimming pool), billiards room, bowling alley and curling club.

Climate

Above average temperatures in the summer and beautiful snow covered winters.

Population

Approximately 15,000.

Other Things of Interest

The town boasts a very low crime rate, good air and water quality and spectacular scenery. And no matter where you live in Grand Falls-Windsor, you are only a few minutes drive from the shopping and recreation centers, parks, schools and restaurants and health care facilities. The community takes a very active interest in educating youth and offering continuing education opportunities.

To learn more about Grand Falls-Windsor, please visit:  townofgrandfallswindsor.com/