Point Leamington

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Point Leamington
Town
Point Leamington from the top of Rowsell's Hill.
Point Leamington from the top of Rowsell's Hill.
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Government
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population
 • Total 619
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 • Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Area code(s) 709

Point Leamington is a small community of about 620 people located north of Botwood and Grand Falls-Windsor. The town is located on the shores of Southwest Arm, New Bay. The area was first settled by loggers in the late 1800s, who came for the vast amount of timber in the area. Several sawmills were constructed, and over the years the town grew and developed around the logging industry. Over the past several decades logging in the area has drastically declined, and is no longer a way of life for the majority of people, however few still do fine employment in the small sawmill that is located outside the town. In the 1980s, Superior Glove Works LTD opened a factory in the town, that is still in operation today and employs many people in the town, however many others commute daily to nearby Botwood and Grand Falls for work.

Attractions[edit]

There is a hiking trail at Rowsell's Hill, which leads to a scenic outlook of the town. There are a few swimming holes in town, including Mill River and Otter Pond. The Point Leamington Heritage Interpretive Centre is a museum that explores the interesting history of the town. It has a gift store and kitchen called Aunt Ethel's, where you can get snacks and refreshments. It is scenically located by the rapids of the Mill River, overlooking the bay.

Education[edit]

Education in the town is provided through Point Leamington Academy, which is operated by the Nova Central School District. The school houses nearly 100 students, grades K-12 from Point Leamington, Leading Tickles, Glovers Harbour, and Pleasantview. Post secondary education is available in Grand Falls-Windsor through many institutions, though most students leave to attend universities in bigger centers such as Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's.

Coordinates: 49°19′01″N 55°24′00″W / 49.317°N 55.400°W / 49.317; -55.400