ClarenvilleClarenville is a town of 6,300 people (2016) in Newfoundland at the base of the Bonavista Peninsula. It is the last town with most major amenities on the way up to historic Bonavista town. It is a quaint town with friendly well-to-do people.
The town is a gateway to the Discovery Trail, extending down the Bonavista Peninsula to Trinity and Bonavista, reputed site of the first landing of European explorer John Cabot. The trail is a panorama of scenery, historic sites, coastal towns and villages.
Clarenville has developed in a narrow strip between the coastal ridge and the sea. The average width of the corridor is between 450 and 600 m. It is at the most westerly end of an in-drift called Random Sound, extending 25 km inland behind Random Island. As probably the deepest, best sheltered, ice-free port on Newfoundland's east coast, Clarenville is suited for commercial shipping and recreational boating.
HistoryThere is no definite date for the first settlement of what is now Clarenville. There was a sawmill at Lower Shoal Harbour around 1848. Clarenville's name has been attributed to a memorial to the Duke of Clarence, eldest son of the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) who died in 1892.
The first settlers of Lower Shoal Harbour, the Tilleys, travelled from Hants Harbour in 1848 because of the abundance of timber here. Along with the saw mill, the Tilleys became involved with fox farming, gardening, coopering, blacksmithing, fishing and fish canning. John Tilley and Sons were the tinning operation to tin salmon in Newfoundland.
Clarenville is 190 km from St. John's, which has the nearest major airport.
DLR bus runs once a day from the Memorial University Student Union Centre in St. John's to Clarenville (2 hr 50 min, $39 as of June 2019).
Clarenville Cabsphone: +1 709 466-1900
Benoit's Taxiphone: +1 709 425-3600
Seaview Taxiphone: +1 709 466-2666
Clarenville Heritage Society Museumphone: +1 709 427-8216address: 7 Stanley’s Crescent off Marine DriveIn the former CN Railway station built in 1942.
The Transatlantic Cable MonumentThe monument was erected in 2005 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landing of the first Transatlantic Telephone Cable (TAT-1) connecting North America to Europe.
Nearby are three golf courses, hiking trails, snowmobiling country.
phone: +1 709 466-4555The only ski resort east of Corner Brook. White Hills is also home to the New Curtain Theatre Company at the Loft Theatre.
Bare Mountain Trailaddress: Manitoba Drive1 hr 15 min hike with lookouts.
phone: +1 709 466-3014address: 11 Shoal Harbour Dr
phone: +1 709 466-1555address: 2 Shoal Harbour DrFish and chips, deep fried seafood, burgers, sandwiches and wraps.
address: 134 Trans Canada HwyA full-service restaurant with a breathtaking view. Many local ingredients sourced directly from the market on the hotel property and surrounding local farms: fresh seafood, meats, and pastas.
Bella's Grillphone: +1 709 466-1717address: St. Jude's Hotel, TransCanada Highway
phone: +1 709-466-2929address: Tilleys RdChinese buffet restaurant.
address: 134 Trans Canada Hwy
phone: +1 709 466-1717address: 247 Trans Canada Hwy
Restland Motel and Suites5 rooms and 9 efficiency units with drive-up entrance. A shuttle service ride to the nearby White Hills Ski Resort. Some rooms air conditioned. Designated pet-friendly rooms, restaurant, pub.