Little Bay Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador, is a quiet and laid-back outport community of less than 100 people. The community spans a series of small islands and is reachable by ferry from Pilley’s Island.
Other communities in Green Bay have small populations, but Little Bay Islands is different. In summer its quiet is broken only by seagulls, an occasional vehicle and the laughter of visitors. The water in the bay seems clearer. The pace seems slower. There is almost a sense of peace in the air.
Little Bay Islands is a special place.
But Little Bay Islands has most often been in the news in the last decade because of the question there of resettlement/relocation. Economic and population decline has led some residents to prefer to move out of the town. The move would be funded by government and, step by step, the community has been quietly inching closer to that big change.
Except for Aunt Edna’s B & B, there are no businesses in Little Bay Islands of any kind. If the resettlement does take place sometime in the future, anyone who remains in Little Bay Islands will also have no services such as sewage, electricity or a ferry.
The volume of material to be found online regarding Little Bay Islands is remarkable: home videos, tourist videos, news, slide shows, and music pieces. It is Green Bay’s most remote settlement, but online it has huge presence and reach for its small size. There has been an enormous amount of news coverage on Little Bay Islands’ situation, from local CBC coverage (quite a bit) to even Al Jazeera, and even a 15 minute documentary. (See below for more hyperlinks)
Type of Local Governance: Town
Population: 71 (StatCan 2016)
Location: Route 380, plus a ferry from Pilley’s Island
Lat/Long: 49° 38′ 40″ N, 55° 47′ 51″ W (Decimal) 49.6443361, -55.7974221
Multiple hiking and walking trails that crisscross the area (Photos on Facebook)
Natural scenic beauty and photo opportunities
Volunteer Fire Department
Small Children’s Playground
Canada Post Outlet
Cell Service: Spotty
Little Bay Islands on the Web
- Town of Little Bay Islands Facebook Page
- Ferry Schedule
- Little Bay Islands on Google Maps
- Little Bay Islands on Statistics Canada’s website
- Story on a Little Bay Islands Craft Group, from CBC NL
- Tourism-Oriented Post on bobsnewfoundland.com
- The ‘batman iceberg’, on o.canada.com
- News on the ferry running aground in 2015, from CBC NL
- Lobster Fishing at Northern Harbour, Video uploaded to Youtube by Robert Rector
- Issue with Signage at Ferry Dock for Long Island/Little Bay Islands
- A View to Belugas:
Uploaded to Youtube By sailormancat30
Uploaded to Youtube by Adventure Central Newfoundland
Uploaded to Youtube by Mike Parsons
Articles/Pieces on Proposed Little Bay Islands Residents Relocation
- Globe and Mail, September 2017: Is the sun setting on outport Newfoundland?
- Globe and Mail, September 2017: Sunshine sketches of a vanishing town
- CBC NL Article on Relocation Funds Might be Subject to Taxation
- Part-time resident Sharlene Hinz chats with CBC Radio (Dec.1 2016)
- CBC NL article on Government’s current policy on 90% threshold for resettlement (Late Nov., 2016)
- CBC NL article, on one resident’s reaction to 90% threshold (Dec.1, 2016)
- National Post (2015)
- Financial Post (2016)
- 15 Minute Documentary, uploaded to Youtube by Bravofact. An emotive video, well-made and a must-see
- Activehistory.ca (2013)
- Global News (2013)
- Al Jazeera English (Video, 2014)
- CBC NL: Aug.27 2014(A nice piece by Reg Sherren, has video), Sept.20 2015, Oct. 5 2015, Nov. 12 2015, Nov. 13 2015, Jan. 27 2016, Jan.28 2016, Jan. 30 2016, Mar. 10 2016, Mar. 17 2016(Radio), Mar. 17 2016,
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