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Birchy Bay North
Baytona is located in Newfoundland
Location of Baytona in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 49°20′32″N 54°45′56″W / 49.34222°N 54.76556°W / 49.34222; -54.76556Coordinates: 49°20′32″N 54°45′56″W / 49.34222°N 54.76556°W / 49.34222; -54.76556
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
 • Mayor Rex Quinlan
 • MLA Wade Verge
 • MP Scott Simms
 • Premier Dwight Ball
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 276
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 • Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Area code(s) 709

Baytona is a small rural community found in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is situated off of route 340, which runs from Lewisporte to Twillingate island, aptly named "Road to the Isles". A bay separates Baytona from a neighboring town called Birchy Bay. The first settlers of Baytona were fishermen, with women mainly staying home to raise children; however, with a depletion in cod stocks and lobsters, there was a shift away from the fishing industry.

Currently the majority of people living in Baytona made a living from the forestry industry[citation needed],but with the recent shutdown of Abitibi and the Grandfalls newsprint mill, many are left in hard economic situations. According to the 2006 census there are 276 residents, with a 15.1% population loss between 2001 and 2006 [1]

Baytona has a fire department, town council and a recreation committee. There is currently one running convenience store. The community has a playground, and a basketball court.

The community has an Anglican and a Pentecostal church.

Name change[edit]

Originally, Baytona was known as "Birchy Bay North". In 1958 the name was changed to "Gayside" to help the flow of mail delivery. The name was a play on the word "gay", which at that time meant happy, implying that Gayside was the more pleasant of the two communities. However, in 1985, due to a change in definition of the word "gay", and subsequent joking and harassment of neighbouring communities, the name of the town was, once again, changed from "Gayside" to "Baytona".[2]