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Round Harbour

Round Harbour (pop. 1986, 37) was a fishing community on the Cape Shore of the Baie Verte Peninsula, about 5 km southwest of Tilt Cove.

By the turn of the century the English firm of Cox and Bound was operating a salmon fishery at Round Harbour, and a Humphrey Cole fished there in 1829. The first Newfoundland Census in 1836 reported three families, with a population of 18. By 1884 the community had a resident merchant as well as a Church of England school/chapel. Most services were more readily available at Tilt Cove. Although the mine closed in 1917 the local inshore fishery was relatively reliable, and enjoyed something of a resurgence during World War II. The peak population of 114 was reached in 1951.

In the 1960s, however, Round Harbour's isolation led many people to relocate to such larger centres as Baie Verte and La Scie. The decline in population made a local school impracticable, and difficulties encountered in providing bus service in the winter months was an inducement for young families to leave. By 1991 the winter population of Round Harbour was less than 20. However, the undeniable charm of the community -- accessible by road, but itself without roads and reminiscent of an earlier time -- had led several families to purchase summer homes.

From the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador

Commercial fishing cabins, Round Harbour

Commercial fishing cabins, Round Harbour
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