Marystown is a Canadian town in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador with a population of 5,436 as of 2006. Situated 306 km from the province's capital, St. John's, it is on the Burin Peninsula. Up until the early 1990s its economy was largely based on shipbuilding, and it is due in part to this that the town experienced a population increase of 295% in just over a decade The town was also dependent on the fish plant for employment.
Though the shipyard still holds a presence in the town, residents have had to look elsewhere for economic subsistency in the last decade or so. The closure of the fish plants in Newfoundland has also had its hand in the decline in economic subsitency.
Marystown and surrounding area is home to four public schools, Marystown Central High School, Sacred Heart Academy, Pearce Junior High, and Donald C. Jamieson Academy. Post secondary institutions include three public trade colleges, College of the North Atlantic, Keyin College and Centrac College
Marystown's public schools are serviced under the Eastern School District of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Despite the town's large Christian following, the school system has undergone changes from a Catholic school system to a non-denominational school system.
Though a community in one of the province's reporting one of the highest obesity rates in Canada, Marystown contends to be a leader in healthy physical activity and lifestyle choices. Sport enthusiasts in disciplines including Softball, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, and Hockey can find endless outlets to express support or participation in these active groups and clubs.
With a vibrant and active community spirit Marystown boasts a long list of attractions to both residents and visitors:
Surrounded by beautiful hills and wooded areas, Marystown has always been a playground for hunting, fishing, camping and ATV enthusiasts. As most homes are only minutes from the back country Marystown proves to be a great place to live for those looking to enjoy the outdoors with the luxuries of urban life at their fingertips.
While there is no theatre in the town of Marystown itself, there is a cinema in the neighbouring community of Burin. The Burin Cinema typically shows films on a nightly basis at 8:00 p.m.
With a majority of Christian faithfuls, the town contains a number of churches of varying denominations. The information presented here is from a 2001 census from Statistics Canada
The shipyard consists of two essentially independent facilities, namely the older Marystown portion (built in 1967) and the newer Cow Head facility (built in 1992).
First opening in 1967 Marystown's shipyard existed as the backbone of the economy up until the early 1990s when the yard was privatized by the provincial government.
Today the shipyard is seeing renewed interest as the current owner, Peter Kiewit and Sons, strive's to secure contracts for the facility.
|1967-1973||Newfoundland Marine Works Ltd.|
|1974-1978||Marystown Shipping Enterprises Ltd.|
|1979-1997||Marystown Shipyard Ltd.|
|1998-2001||Friede Goldman Ltd.|
|2002-present||Kiewit Offshore Services|
Upon its opening, the fish plant employed nearly 1,200 workers. Before cutbacks and the closure, the fish plant employed between 650 and 700 people. FPI had cut nearly half of the jobs at the facility before its closure, with a mere 350 seasonal employees left.
The fish plant of Marystown was closed on March 30, 2006 only to re-open nearly a year later June 25, 2007. The cause of the closure was partly due to Fishery Products International's rollback on wages by $1.16 to $12.50 an hour. This dispute has not only affected Marystown, but numerous towns throughout Newfoundland, including Fortune and Hr. Breton.
Attractions to the town include:
With a multitude of lounges and eateries Marystown has something for everyone.
Weekends come alive as lounges such as the Lil' Dory, Admirals Keg, 5 Dock Row, Chalkies and Club Beau Bois fill up with patrons.
Cravings for any taste can be settled with a choice of restaurants serving traditional Newfoundland, contemporary western, Italian, and Chinese dishes.