St. Alban's

Location

St. Alban’s is located in the Bay D’Espoir estuary (Coast of Bay Regions) on the south coast of Newfoundland, Canada on Route 361, approximately 180 kilometers from the Trans Canada Highway along Route 360 commonly known as the ’Bay D’Espoir Highway’ and more recently designated a theme touring route named ’The Coast of Bays Passage’.

History

St. Alban’s is the major service centre for the Bay d’Espoir area. Formerly known as Ship Cove, the community’s name was changed in 1915 at the suggestion of parish priest Father Stanislaus St. Croix, in order to avoid confusion with numerous other Ship Coves. The present name of the community honours an English martyr and was chosen to reflect the fact that St. Alban’s is one of the few predominantly Roman Catholic communities in Newfoundland where the majority of inhabitants are of English (rather than Irish or French) origin.

Unique Characteristics

St. Alban’s offers a pleasant and uncomplicated way of life where everyone is your neighbour and community spirit is strong. The communities of the Coast of Bays offer all the services that are needed for both business and family, coupled with a quiet rural lifestyle that’s second to none.

Population

In 2002, St. Alban’s had a population of 1,372 people and that is projected to increase significantly as a result of the increased aquaculture activity planned for the next five years.

Other Things of Interest

For the land lover, the area around St. Alban’s offers scenic hiking trails with spectacular views of the bay and communities below. On occasion, one may even meet the mighty moose which is abundant in the woods around the town. One friend you are sure to have along the way is the grey jay, always looking for a morsel of food. Birds of every description frequent the area during the summer and early autumn when Mother Nature does wonders with her paint brush. The St. Alban’s area is a year round playground for the outdoors person. In winter, the hiking trails become excellent snowmobile and cross country skiing trails. Some trails behind town provide a good downhill ski run of about 2.0 kilometers. A short snowshoe hike cross country ski run or snowmobile ride will bring you into the winter grazing grounds of hundreds of woodland caribou of the Grey River Herd. Whether you are an artist, a nature lover, a physical fitness enthusiast or just want to get away from it all, St. Alban’s is the place to be. All you need to bring is YOU and remember, there are no strangers here - just friends you haven’t met YET!