The town of Carbonear is located on route 70 of the Baccalieu Trail, about 40km from the Trans Canada Highway.


Settlement in the town of Carbonear dates back as far as 1620. The first permanent settler is believed to have been Nicholas Guy who arrived around 1630. The town was taken and burnt by the French in their raids of 1696 and again in 1705, but the inhabitants retired to an island in the mouth of the harbour and defied all attempts of the enemy to dislodge them. On both these occasions, Carbonear Island became the only British held soil in Newfoundland. In 1981, the island was designated a national heritage site. Some ancient cannons that were used to defend the town can still be seen.

Unique Characteristics

The Town of Carbonear, offers all the facilites that families seek in a modern town. The residential areas are safe, well kept and attractive. Town schools enjoy a provincial reputation for quality, and recreational facilities are second to none. Attractive walkways include a large Board Walk found in the center of the town. The Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre, the Carbonear Cinema, and Carbonear Public Library offer entertainment, and numerous churches, clubs, and services groups provide activities for citizens. Carbonear offers many regional services for the Baccalieu Trail including: the Trinity Conception Square Shopping Centre, the Regional Community Centre, the regional hospital, and the regional campuses of the College of the North Atlantic and Keyin College.


The weather in Carbonear is much like the rest of the Avalon Peninsula area having a moderate temperate climate.


The 2001 Census population for Carbonear was 5,415.

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