Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove

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Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove
Some houses in Petty Harbour.
Some houses in Petty Harbour.
Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove is located in Newfoundland
Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove
Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove
Location of Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 47°27′56″N 52°42′41″W / 47.46556°N 52.71139°W / 47.46556; -52.71139Coordinates: 47°27′56″N 52°42′41″W / 47.46556°N 52.71139°W / 47.46556; -52.71139
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Population (2011)
 • Total 924[1]
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 • Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Area code(s) 709
Website Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove
official site
Summer Day in Petty Harbour.

Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove (47°27′56″N 52°42′41″W / 47.46556°N 52.71139°W / 47.46556; -52.71139 NST) is a town of approximately 950 people located on the eastern shore of the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is nestled deep in the heart of Motion Bay, just south (approximately 15 minutes away) of St. John's. The present town is approximately 200 years old, though the site has been continuously occupied since at least 1598, predating the arrival of the Mayflower and making it one of the oldest European settlements in North America. During King William's War, the village was raided by Canadiens in the Avalon Peninsula Campaign.

Traditionally, Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove was a thriving fishing village. In 1992 the Canadian government declared a moratorium on cod fishing in Newfoundland, which greatly hurt the economy of rural communities. Since the moratorium, Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove has become more reliant on the tourism industry. Many tourists visit the area for its beautiful scenery, icebergs, whales and hiking trails, the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium, the popular seafood restaurant Chafe's Landing, and several tourist accommodations, including ShoreLark by the Sea, Harbour House, Home Away From Home, and Caplin Cottage. It has also become a popular location for television series and films. Some features have included Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, Orca, A Whale for the Killing, Rare Birds and John and the Mrs. parts of The Terry Fox Story were also filmed in Petty Harbour. Petty Harbour is home to Alan Doyle, lead singer of Great Big Sea.

Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove was also the Tidy Towns population category winner for 2007. This award is based on natural beauty, community involvement, environmental awareness and Heritage preservation. It is the site of the Petty Harbour Generating Station, the first hydroelectric generating station in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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  1. ^ "Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove Census Profile". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 

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