Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove (NST) is a picturesque town of approximately 950 people located on the eastern shore of the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is nestled deep in the heart of Motion Bay, just south (approximately 15 minutes away) of St. John's. The town is approximately 200 years old and is the site of the first hydroelectric generating station (Petty Harbour Generating Station) in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Traditionally, Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove was a thriving fishing village. However, in 1992 the Canadian government declared a moratorium on cod fishing in Newfoundland, which greatly hurt rural communities, including Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove.
Since the moratorium, Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove has become more reliant on the tourism industry. Many tourists visit Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove for its beautiful scenery, icebergs, whales and hiking trails.
It has also become a popular location for television series and films. Some features have included "Hatching, Matching and Dispatching" ; Orca (film), A Whale for the Killing; Rare Birds and John and the Mrs. Parts of The Terry Fox Story were also filmed in Petty Harbour.
The Town of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove was also the Tidy Towns population category winner for 2007. This award is based on natural beauty, community involvement, environmental awareness and Heritage preservation.