Interesting Facts about Witless Bay

  • 1675, the population of "Whittlless Bay" is 34
  • 1700s, Irish fishing servants begin arriving in the area and quickly start to outnumber the English
  • 1755, as Roman Catholicism is still outlawed in Newfoundland, priests disguised as fishermen, minister to the spiritual needs of the community.
  • 1836, the first official census of Newfoundland puts the population at 542, of which 540 were Roman Catholic.
  • 1845, Roman Catholic Church opens.
  • 1860, the Presentation Sisters open a convent and a school for girls.
  • 1871, population reaches 928.
  • 1960s, people are re-settled from Gallows Cove at the southern headland of Witless Bay to the community of Witless Bay.
  • 1986, Witless Bay is incorporated

Local Attractions

Colony of Avalon - Lord Baltimore’s 17th century colony in Ferryland is a 35 minute drive from our suites

The East Coast Trail is a coastal scenic walking and hiking experience that follows 220 kms of rugged coastline along the scenic shores of the Avalon Peninsula. It takes you past breathtaking scenery of whales, icebergs and puffins. This beautiful trail is within walking distance of Witless Bay Suites.

Whale and Bird Watching Tours- Several Whale and Bird watching tours available in the area. Take a voyage aboard one of the many boat tours engaging in an unforgettable tour of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, seeing tens of thousands of seabirds and the largest Atlantic Puffin Colony in North America.

O’Brien’s Dinner Theatre located in Bay Bulls, just a five minute drive from Witless Bay Suites - Enjoy a lovely meal while being entertained by local performers.

Several local Restaurants - Fully licensed family restaurant offering the best in delicious Newfoundland seafood dishes.

The Irish Loop Coffee House- If you enjoy a good cup of coffee and either a snack or a meal we can fulfill your needs. Within minutes walking distance from our suites.

The Five Island Art Gallery - located in a traditional early 19th Century schoolhouse in Tors Cove

La Manche Park- Picnic Day use, Swimming, Hiking, and Canoeing.

Picnic area overlooking the water

Playground area and beach 5 minutes walking distance

Ocean Kayaking

Craft Shops





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