Keels, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Keels is located in Newfoundland
Location of Keels in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 48°36′N 53°25′W / 48.600°N 53.417°W / 48.600; -53.417
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
 • Total 6.54 km2 (2.53 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 51
 • Density 7.8/km2 (20/sq mi)
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 • Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Area code(s) 709

Keels is a small town in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, located about 3 kilometres from Duntara. Its population in the 2016 Canadian National Census was 51 down from 61 in 2011 and 73 in 2006. The earlier population figures show it had 85 in 2001, 101 in 1996, 128 in 1991, 115 in 1986, 206 in 1956 and 372 in 1940.

Like many outport villages in Newfoundland[examples needed], population has been shrinking with the collapse of the cod fishing industry[citation needed]. Some of the highlights in Keels are the geological features known as "the Devil's Footprints" that are found on the rocks surrounding the town, the Anglican Cemetery that dates to the beginnings of the community, and a natural sea-spray phenomenon known as "Clark's Chimney Hole" on the coast. The one and only store located in the middle of the community has been owned by the Mesh family for generations. The Way Office was established in 1885 and the first Waymaster was Edward Penny.[citation needed]

There is also an Anglican church and a small wharf which was used for commercial fishing until the cod fishery moratorium in 1992. The community is somewhat of a tourist attraction[clarification needed] because it is one of the smallest and oldest communities in Newfoundland[citation needed] and because of a few small beaches perfect[peacock term] for collecting sea shells. In addition, there are several restored homes that are excellent examples of outport architecture, including the restored "Orange Hall" which was once a meeting hall for the Orange Order.

Population History

  • Population in 2016 - 51
  • Population in 2011 - 61
  • Population in 2006 - 73
  • Population in 2001 - 85
  • Population in 1996 - 101
  • Population in 1991 - 128
  • Population in 1986 - 115
  • Population in 1956 - 206
  • Population in 1940 - 372

Coordinates: 48°36′N 53°24′W / 48.600°N 53.400°W / 48.600; -53.400