BBS ICT Project Ramea Page
In the early nineteenth century, settlers formed several small independent
communities on the Ramea Islands. In the early 1940s, all inhabitants
moved to Northwest Island and formed the town of Ramea, which was
incorporated in 1951. The location provided an excellent harbour and was
strategic for exploiting the fishery.
In the mid to late 1800s, John Penney & Sons developed a salt fish
operation, which rapidly grew into fresh fish processing with deep-sea
trawlers. There was year-round employment for nearly 400 people. Since the
moratorium on the east coast fishery in 1992, Ramea's plant has operated
in 1993, 1995 and 1998 only.
Ramea is working diligently towards building a diversified economy and
attracting new industry. It is the home of Newfoundland Aqua Products
Inc., a pioneer in Newfoundland's seaweed-kelp industry. Ramea also has a
strong volunteer spirit, as evidenced by its well-trained fire department,
its community cable television co-operative and its variety of community
Ramea is a fascinating place to explore by hiking or by mountain bike. A
scenic walking trail provides a splendid view of the coastline and leads
to the 100-year-old lighthouse where ancient granite rock formations lie
below the lighthouse tower.
For those who like the view from above, climb the steps to the top of
Man-o-War Hill and experience a breathtaking view of the Ramea Islands
and miles of clear blue Ocean. Ramea is a stopover for many migratory
birds and home to a variety of seabirds. Bald eagles nest on the
surrounding islands and two puffin colonies are nearby. Residents of
Ramea have long been known as "Ramea Puffins" and the puffin is its
recognized mascot. There have also been sightings of rare and unusual
birds in Ramea.
The Ramea Heritage Centre provides visitor information, a sense of
Ramea's history and a selection of locally hand-crafted and
manufactured items. More of the town's history can be experienced by
visiting the war memorial, the town's history board and any of the
Recreational facilities include a ballfield, an outdoor multi-purpose rink
and an outdoor swimming pool, which is a major summer attraction.
White Bear Bay is just a short boat ride away. This spectacular fjord is
home to an excellent salmon river and an abundance of wildlife, including
moose, caribou and black bear. A boat ride along the coast near Ramea can
also include visits to the cemeteries of several resettled communities.
For a sample of raw outport talent and a "rousing" good time, visitors
can take in the Rock Island Music Festival - a three-day event held
annually on the second weekend of August. Enjoy performances by local
musicians and entertainers and delight in traditional Newfoundland
For a sense of real outport life and hospitality, join the residents who
frequent the wharves and fishing stages. There you can participate in a
"yarn" and be informed on all of the latest happenings. Ramea remains a
strong and unified community. Its citizens are always ready to welcome
visitors with warmth and hospitality.
For more information about Ramea:
Visit our Ramea links page,
our Ramea business directory
or our Ramea email directory.