Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Deer Lake
Town
The sun sets over Deer Lake, Newfoundland, June 2003.
The sun sets over Deer Lake, Newfoundland, June 2003.
Official seal of Deer Lake
Seal
Deer Lake is located in Newfoundland
Deer Lake
Deer Lake
Location of Deer Lake in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 49°10′28″N 57°25′37″W / 49.17444°N 57.42694°W / 49.17444; -57.42694
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Census division 5
Settled 1864
Incorporated 1950
Government
 • Type Liberal - M.H.A Dwight Ball
 • Mayor Dean Ball
Area
 • Total 73.23 km2 (28.27 sq mi)
Elevation 30 m (100 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 4,995[1]
 • Density 65.9/km2 (171/sq mi)
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 • Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Postal code span A8A
Area code(s) 709
Highways Route 1
Website Official web site

Deer Lake is a Canadian town in the western part of the island of Newfoundland in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The town derives its name from Deer Lake and is situated at the outlet of the upper Humber River at the northeastern end of the lake.

History[edit]

The first settlers in the area arrived from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia in 1864. Originally loggers and trappers, the settlers later took up farming.

In 1922, a work camp was set up to support the International Pulp and Paper company. The camp would later become the town of Deer Lake. A formal townsite was constructed in 1925 and included a railroad terminal, churches and a small hospital. The town was incorporated in 1950.

The airport was built in 1955 and is one of the town's major employers. In 2004, Deer Lake Regional Airport began plans to redesign the airport terminal, completed in June 2007. The primary population that the airport serves is approximately 55,000. The effect was from Rocky Harbour to Corner Brook and around Deer Lake.

Economy[edit]

Deer Lake
Salvation Army
Recreational Complex
St. Paul's United Church

The town is located in Division No. 5 and is the gateway to the Great Northern Peninsula, owing to an important highway interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is the closest major community to Gros Morne National Park and is home to the Deer Lake Regional Airport.

A hydroelectric plant was established on the Humber River in 1925 to provide electricity to a pulp and paper paper mill in Corner Brook.

Sights and tourism[edit]

Deer Lake offers accommodation for tourists as well as restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations. There is a stadium and a swimming pool in Hodder Memorial Recreational Complex. St. Paul's United Church, a wooden church dating from 1955 and the modern Salvation Army building are worth a visit. The Main Street offers a scenic view of the lake.

Demographics[edit]

Population 2011: 4,995[1]

Population, 2006: 4,827[2]

Population, 2001: 4,769

2006 to 2011 population change: 3.5 percent

Number of dwellings: 2,106

Land (square kilometers): 73.23

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Deer Lake
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14
(57)
14
(57)
19
(66)
23
(73)
28
(82)
31.7
(89.1)
35.6
(96.1)
32.2
(90)
29
(84)
23.3
(73.9)
21.1
(70)
16.7
(62.1)
35.6
(96.1)
Average high °C (°F) −3.3
(26.1)
−3.9
(25)
0.7
(33.3)
6
(43)
12.5
(54.5)
18.1
(64.6)
22
(72)
21.3
(70.3)
16.4
(61.5)
10
(50)
4.5
(40.1)
−0.5
(31.1)
8.6
(47.5)
Average low °C (°F) −11.8
(10.8)
−13.6
(7.5)
−8.9
(16)
−2.6
(27.3)
1.6
(34.9)
6.4
(43.5)
11
(52)
10.9
(51.6)
7
(45)
2.3
(36.1)
−1.9
(28.6)
−7.7
(18.1)
−0.6
(30.9)
Record low °C (°F) −33.9
(−29)
−37.2
(−35)
−35
(−31)
−22
(−8)
−10.6
(12.9)
−4.4
(24.1)
−0.6
(30.9)
−2.2
(28)
−5
(23)
−10.5
(13.1)
−20.6
(−5.1)
−29.4
(−20.9)
−37.2
(−35)
Precipitation mm (inches) 107.5
(4.232)
72.7
(2.862)
78.2
(3.079)
72.6
(2.858)
85.1
(3.35)
87.4
(3.441)
95.8
(3.772)
105.3
(4.146)
102.3
(4.028)
114.8
(4.52)
106.7
(4.201)
98.8
(3.89)
1,127.3
(44.382)
Source: Environment Canada[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Census Profile". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Population and dwelling counts
  3. ^ Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 15 July 2009

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°10′28″N 57°25′37″W / 49.17444°N 57.42694°W / 49.17444; -57.42694