Placentia is located on the Avalon Peninsula of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, on Canada`s East coast.


As early as the 16th century, Basque Fishermen and European explorers were quick to recognize the incredible potential that lay within Placentia`s sheltered shores. In addition to being one of Newfoundland`s best beaches for drying fish, the steep hills and narrow harbour entrance made Placentia a valuable military port. French and English settlers waged war for centuries over this prime piece of New World real estate, each vying for its share of the thriving fishery strategic location. In 1662, France had established the first permanent colony in what they called `Plaisance` or `the pleasant place`. In 1713, the English had won ownership, launching an era of booming trade and transportation. And in 1941, yet another chapter was written in the community`s history, with the construction of the nearby U.S. Armed Forces Bases at Argentia.

Unique Characteristics

Today, many historical landmarks and sites remain which showcase Placentia`s rich and colourful history. To name a few:

  1. Castle Hill National Historic Site: Preserving the ancient fortifications of the 17th and 18th century French and English military installments.
  2. The Placentia Courthouse: The cornerstone was laid in 1902, when this building replaced the original 1774 edifice.
  3. St. Luke`s Anglican Church and Cemetery: The Basque tombstones now on display at Castle Hill and O`Reilly House Museum originated here, the oldest dating back to 1667.
  4. The O`Reilly House Museum: Built in 1902 by well known architect W. J. Ellis for Magistrate William O`Reilly.
  5. The Ambrose Shea Bridge: At one time, the only one of its kind in North America, the lift bridge is the link that connects the amalgamated town of Placentia - consisting of Placentia, Jerseyside, Freshwater and Dunville.

Other Things of Interest

Some of Placentia`s greatest potential lies within its strong sense of community. It is a safe, friendly and comfortable place to live, work, and raise a family.


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