Town of Witless Bay

Town of Witless Bay

Welcome to The Town of Witless Bay! 

Located on Route 10 as a part of The Irish Loop, Witless Bay is a small, scenic, traditional Newfoundland outport community that offers an abundance of Tourism


Hiking, camping, and fishing can be found along the East Coast Trail.  Sea kayaking is very popular in Witless Bay and for the amateur looking for adventure, we have private Sea Kayaking Tours available. 

Local sports organizations are available in the area for both adults and youth.  Soccer, hockey, figure skating, and softball are just some of the athletics to enjoy. Or, take a Boat Tour to view whales, icebergs, bird colonies and many other marine species!

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The Witless Bay Seabird Ecological Reserve consists of four important seabird colonies and includes the surrounding waters which the seabirds inhabit during the breeding season.   


Four islands make up the terrestrial component of the Reserve - Gull Island, Green Island, Great Island and Pee Pee Island. They provide breeding habitat for the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America and the world?s second largest Leach?s Storm Petrel colony.

Thousands of other seabirds breed on these islands, including Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots and the first known Northern Fulmars to breed in Newfoundland.

In addition, the surrounding waters provide an important wintering area for Common Elders, King Elders, Thick-billed Murres and Dovekies.


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Interesting Facts:        

  • 1675, the population of Witless Bay is 34.
  • 1700's, Irish fishing servants begin arriving in the area and quickly start to outnumber the English
  • 1755, as Roman Catholicism is still outlawed in Newfoundland, priests disguised as fishermen, minister to the spiritual needs of the community.
  • 1836, the first official census of Newfoundland puts the population at 542, of which 540 were Roman Catholic.
  • 1845, Roman Catholic Church opens.
  • 1860, the Presentation Sisters open a convent and a school for girls.
  • 1871, population reaches 928.
  • 1960's, people are re-settled from Gallows Cove at the southern headland of Witless Bay to the community of Witless Bay.
  • 1986, Witless Bay is incorporated
  • 2006 Census Population: 1070