The Eastport Peninsula
is a small extension of land into the central part of Bonavista Bay
in the Canadian province
of Newfoundland and Labrador
. The peninsula is adjacent to Terra Nova National Park
and contains seven small outport villages: Eastport
, Happy Adventure
, Sandy Cove
, St. Chad's Burnside
The Eastport Peninsula is a small peninsula in the central part of Bonavista Bay. The peninsula extends from Terra Nova National Park
and follows an irregular coastline along Newman Sound
to the south, around the community of Salvage
, around Salvage Bay to the east and then following Damnable Bay, Morris Channel, Fair and False Bay, Bloody Reach and Northeast Arm on the north.
Work in the region traditionally focused on the abundant natural resources. Inshore fishing, farming, and logging were still the chief source of employment for most of the inhabitants well into the 20th century. The lumber industry, however, faded away with the development of Terra Nova National Park
in the 1950s. Happy Adventure and Salvage are still sites of operational fishplants (2005).
Being adjacent to Terra Nova National Park and having the beautiful sandy beaches the Eastport Peninsula has become one of Newfoundland's most popular tourist destinations. The peninsula is home to motels, cottages, campgrounds, bed & breakfasts and inns.The Eastport Peninsula is part of The Road to The Beaches tourism region.
The area is also famed for a thriving art community rich with community theatre, concerts and gallery exhibitions. The peninsula is home to the annual Winterset in Summer Literary Festival.
This is just to inform you that there is also an annual SeaFest festival on Eastport beach, usually held on the last weekend in July or the first weekend in August.