BBS ICT Project Burgeo Page
Incorporated on June 15, 1950, the community of Burgeo was first settled by the
French in the late 1700s. The English followed a few years later. Some settlers
set up residents on several of the 365 islands along the surrounding coastline,
but later moved to the larger community of Burgeo. The town of Burgeo was
always a fishing community, with an excellent harbour, strategic for exploiting
the fishery. One of the first known fish buyers in Burgeo were the Clements,
who dealt with salt bulk fish for the European market. The first fish
processing plant in Burgeo was a ship owned by Fishery Products. Later, a fish
plant was built by Arthur Monroe who sold it to Burgeo Fish Industries, who in
turn sold it to the government. The plant was later operated by National Sea
Products and in 1978 they built a more modern plant. That plant, refurbished in
1999, is now owned by Seafreez Foods Inc. Working diligently toward a
diversified economy, Burgeo is now the home of Coastal Growers, a hydroponic
greenhouse operation. Burgeo has a strong volunteer spirit, evidenced by its
well-trained fire department, its community cable television co-operative and
its variety of community service organizations.
Burgeo has many exciting and fascinating attractions. Your adventure begins as
you drive along Route 480 - aptly named the Caribou Trail. You will observe the
tail end of the Long Range Mountains, deep ravines, open barrens, the
Annieopsquotch Mountains, beautiful rivers and lakes that are a photographer's
dream. Early mornings and evenings are great for observing moose, caribou, fox
and numerous birds. At the end of the Caribou Trail, enjoy the beautiful
scenery and the hospitality of the people who await you.
The Sandbanks Provincial Park, with its miles of spectacular beaches, is one of
Burgeo's main attractions. The park is a true gem for beach strollers, hikers
and families. Scenic walking trails through the park's wooded areas or along
the sand dunes are great for relaxing and enjoying the flora and fauna. The
park also has campsites and comfort and dumping stations. For those who like
the view from above, climb the steps to the top of Maiden Tea Hill located in
the center of town and experience the breathtaking view of Burgeo and the miles
of water and hills that surround the area.
Burgeo is the home of the Sand and Sea Festival - a three-day event held
annually on the first weekend in August. Enjoy performances by local musicians
and entertainers and delight in traditional Newfoundland cuisine. The Burgeo
Museum provides visitor information and a sense of Burgeo's history. More of
the town's history can be experienced by visiting the War Memorial, Seaman's
Monument or any of the town's cemeteries. Recreational facilities include a
ballfield and an outdoor multi-purpose rink. In winter, activities can include
snow-mobiling and skiing along well-maintained trails.
In Burgeo you will be struck by the mix of old and new. Enjoy the quaintness
of a traditional fishing outport coupled with the atmosphere of a modern-day
service centre. Beautiful Burgeo is the gateway to the Undiscovered Coast!
For more information about Burgeo:
Visit our Burgeo links page,
our Burgeo business directory
or our Burgeo email directory.