St. Anthony

Location

St. Anthony is located at the northeastern corner of the Great Northern Peninsula on the Island of Newfoundland. It is approximately 430km by paved road (Highway 430) from the Trans Canada Highway at Deer Lake, about 5 hours drive, and by air from Deer Lake, Gander or St. John’s for about 1 hour.

History

The town of St. Anthony was first settled by Basque and French fishermen in the early 1500’s. This is how Jacques Cartier found it in 1534 when he named the protected harbour ’St. Anthony Haven’. A permanent coastal settlement did not begin until after the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. The initial growth period continued into the 1830’s and by 1857 the population of St. Anthony had grown to 71 people in 13 different families. The town became incorporated in 1945 with a population of 946.

Unique Characteristics

St. Anthony is often referred to as the gateway to the north. With its strategic, geographical location and its network of shipping and business activity, one can hardly dispute this fact. However, St. Anthony also is a town that is rich in culture, history, nature and industry. The many volunteer groups work to promote community pride. The church and hospital support groups, recreation and economic development committees all show a willingness to become involved. The modern recreational facilities attest to public spirit for fitness. St. Anthony offers a sense of security and community support. This is a great Town in which to live and raise a family. TheIcebergs/Whales are a major attraction for the area. The peak time for viewing majestic icebergs is May, June and July. Charter services are available for close up viewing. Throughout the entire summer whale watching is a favorite past time. Whales can be seen all year round along with our majestic wonders of nature.

Climate

Cold winters and cool summers are characteristic. The coldest months of the year are January and February, and August is the warmest month.

Population

The population of St. Anthony is approximately 3200.

Other Things of Interest

St. Anthony represents the end of the Viking Trail – Route 430 therefore it is expected to provide all the necessities and services that the traveling public require. Medical, educational and government services lead the way in providing mandatory services. Marine services, food, hardware stores and service stations are available. Modern technology in communication, banking services, law enforcement – RCMP all compliment community services. St. Anthony also leads the way in child care services for pre - school children. For more information please contact Gina Johnson: riddles&rhynes@hotmail.com

 

To learn more information about St. Anthony, please visit: http://www.town.stanthony.nf.ca/portal.php