Ramea, Newfoundland and Labrador

Ramea, Newfoundland and Labrador (NST) is a small town located on Northwest Island, one of a group of five major islands located off the south coast of the island of Newfoundland, Canada. The Island is approximately 3.1 km long by 1 km wide. The remaining islands in the archipelago are Great (or Big) Island, Middle Island, Harbour Island, South West Island, and The Great Columbier.


The community, originally settled in the early 1800s for its proximity to rich fishing grounds and safe anchorages, was once a thriving fishing village. The town of Ramea was incorporated in 1951. Since the cod moratorium of 1992, the isolated community has struggled to survive, having declined to about 50% of its peak population of 1,120 in the 1970s.

Wind Energy

In 2004 Ramea was chosen for the site for
Canada's first wind-diesel demonstration project was completed with the support of CETC-Ottawa. Six 65 kW wind turbines were installed on the island of Ramea , Newfoundland . The objective of the project was to demonstrate that the Wind-Diesel Integrated Control System (WDICS) can be used to displace diesel power generation by introducing wind to the island's grid and to show significant energy efficiency and reliability for northern, remote or isolated locations.
CANMET Energy Technology Centre-Ottawa (CETC-Ottawa)

The Wind-Diesel pilot program generates around 1 million kWh electricity / yr and removes approximately 750 tonnes of emissions annually.

Ramea has recently been selected as the pilot site for a Wind-Hydrogen power system. The project is being undertaken by Hydro in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Memorial University, University of New Brunswick and Frontier Power Systems.


  Population in 2001     754  
  Population change from 1996     -30.2%  
  Median age     42.1  
  Number of families     255  
  Number of married couples     185  
  Total number of dwellings     290  
  Catholic     0.1%  
  Protestant     98.7%  
  Land Area (sq. km.)     1.89  

Statistics Canada detail demographics follow link here

Flora and Fauna

Ramea is home to a large number of plants including the purple pitcher plant, bakeapple, ... Also the island and surrounding islands serve as a fall and winter home to many migratory seabirds.


There are a number of walks on the island, including a circular walk around the back of the island that passes by Northwest Head lighthouse, one of the few remaining maned lighthouses in Canada. The walk also includes the Wind-Diesel plant.

Walking to the island's highest point on top of Man O'War Hill offers excellent views of archipelago and across to White Bear Bay.

Every year the islands plays host to a traditional music festival on the second weekend of August.

Kayak trips around archipelago are available as well as trips to neighbouring White Bear Bay.

There is a small softball field near the school, in which many of the town's youth enjoy themselves at the sport in their spare time. The school's own team, the St. Boniface Bobcats, were the winners of the boy's AAA softball regionals for southwest Newfoundland in fall of 2007.

Many people living in the community enjoy hunting different species of seabirds, such as Eider Ducks and Murres (Turres).

Neighbouring communities

West - Burgeo East - Grey River


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