Whitbourne, NL

According to the 2011 Statistics Canada Census:
  • Population: 916
  • % Change (2006-2011): +7.1
  • Dwellings: 478
  • Area (km²): 21.41
  • Density (persons per km²): 42.8

Whitbourne, Newfoundland’s first inland town, is named after Sir Richard Whitbourne, one of the most colourful early settlers of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Sir Richard was appointed by the High Court of the Admiralty to set up the first English law court in the New World in 1615 in Trinity. He was kidnapped and held by the notorious Pirate Peter Easton in Harbour Grace. He also described a mermaid that he saw in St. John's harbour. Later, he became governor of Renews on the Southern Shore. 

Present day, the town of Whitbourne, NL has many of the amenities of a small town that has traditionally been a regional service centre. The town’s Wetlands Conservation Trail is of interest to many visitors.   

Whitbourne is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway on Route 81. It has almost 1000 permanent residents and has a growing business and tourism sector.
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