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Welcome to St. George's

Wedding Anniversary Wishes
On behalf of the Town of St. George's it is with immense pleasure that we send congratulations and best wishes to Mary and Cecil Ryan as they celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary today. Cecil and Mary are beloved members of our community, .... [Read more]
Updated: Saturday, July 31, 2021   6:20 pm

Regular Council Meeting August 2021
We wish to advise that the Agenda for the Regular Council Meeting of August 3rd, 2021 has been published under the Municipality Tab - Council Meeting. Anyone from the Public wishing to attend may do so via Zoom at as per the information below. .... [Read more]
Updated: Friday, July 30, 2021   1:10 pm

Office Closure Monday August 2nd, 2021
We wish to advise our residents and the public that the Town Office will be closed on Monday August 2nd, 2021 for a Civic Holiday, the office will re-open on Tuesday August 3rd, 2021 at 9:00 am, appointments will no longer be necessary, however all other .... [Read more]
Updated: Friday, July 30, 2021   11:47 am

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Town History

The Town of St. George's (Incorporated in 1965) is located on the Southwest coast of St. George's Bay. St. George's (originally known as South Side or Little Bay) has its origins in the French fishery of the seventeenth century when the harbour would attract fishermen to spend the summer in the area and return to France for the winter months. Permanently settled in the eighteenth century, the community remained a fishing village for nearly 200 years until the advent of the railroad.

Sandy Point, a small uninhabited island a few hundred meters offshore from St. George's has a great deal of historical significance to the settlers in St. George's. In the 1700's and 1800's, Sandy Point was the commercial center of the West Coast of Newfoundland, until the railway went through in 1898. Because of the work that the railway created and the rapid transportation of goods, many people from Sandy Point settled at St. George's around the train station (commonly referred to as The Tank). The new settlement of St. George's rapidly became more prominent than Sandy Point.

St. George's grew rapidly and soon became a major center. The town became the distributor of goods for the surrounding area and the Port au Port Peninsula, as supplies were being delivered to the peninsula by the St. George’s Steamship Company. The St. George’s Lumber Company and Captain Sam Butt’s Cooperage operation were strong local businesses. Fishing, lumbering, and farming were the primary occupations and lobster factories also operated there. A brewery/distillery operated at Man'O War Brook for a short time at the turn of the century. The community also became the seat for the magistrate for the area and a courthouse was constructed.

St. George’s was the most prominent town in the Bay St. George area until the early 1900's. With the coming of the Ernest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville in 1941, Stephenville eventually replaced St. George's as the market center and Stephenville Crossing became the trans-shipment point for goods going to Stephenville by rail.

Early Photos of Our Town

The town of St. George's invites you to visit our special Facebook page to view photos taken before 1985 -  of our people, our buildings, our town. It's always fun to reminisce on how things used to be and to 'remember when'.

If you happen to locate some of your own older photos of our community, we welcome you to share them here.

[Visit St. George's Photos Facebook Page]

Town of St. George's
PO Box 250 , St. George's, NL A0N 1Z0
Telephone: (709) 647-3283
Fax: (709) 647-3180
Photography by Jonathan Bennett
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