Little Bay Islands

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Little Bay Islands
A dock in Little Bay Islands
A dock in Little Bay Islands
Little Bay Islands is located in Newfoundland
Little Bay Islands
Little Bay Islands
Location of Little Bay Islands in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 49°38′39″N 55°47′26″W / 49.64417°N 55.79059°W / 49.64417; -55.79059
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Population (2016)
 • Total 71
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 • Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Area code(s) 709

Little Bay Islands is a town in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It consists of Little Bay Island, Macks Island, Goat Island, Harbour Island, and Boatswain Tickle Island. The highest mount is Campbell Hill, which is 125 metres (410 ft) high.

It is located in Notre Dame Bay, near Springdale. A ferry, the MV Hazel McIsaac, serves the island several times daily.[1]

The island has a population of about 71 and is in rapid decline, down 27 percent from 2011.[2] There is a school (until 2016 used by two children and their only teacher), fire station, two churches and a bed and breakfast. The school and one of the churches are closed.[3] The main employment source, a crab processing plant, has been closed for several years, leaving the community with just 3 paying jobs by 2018.[3] While there is a bed and breakfast,[4] in 2018 the only paid employees in winter were the postmaster and two janitors.[3]

For its size, Little Bay Islands attracts a fair amount of tourism. There are several trails for hiking and all terrain vehicles.

In 2013, the provincial government began to offer local people money to leave the area. The remote location is difficult to provide with services. Residents are being offered a minimum of C$250,000 (US$189,000).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2018 Winter Ferry Schedule
  2. ^ Statistics Canada, 2016 Census profile. Accessed February 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Hopper, Tristan (February 1, 2018). "Haunting images of life inside Little Bay Islands, a depopulated Newfoundland town". The National Post. Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved 6 February 2018. 
  4. ^ a b Wingrove, Josh (22 September 2016). "Why Canadians are being offered cash to abandon their homes". National Post. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 

Coordinates: 49°38′41″N 55°47′55″W / 49.64477°N 55.79853°W / 49.64477; -55.79853 (Little Bay Islands)