In the late 1500’s, it was reported that as many 60 Basque fishing vessels were already using the waters of Placentia Bay. Over the next centuries, control passed to the French, then the British. 1940 the largest American military base outside of the United States was constructed at Argentia, which is now within the town of Placentia. During the war, this base was known as the \"the Gibraltar of the Atlantic.\" It was decommissioned in 1994.
With its broad rocky beaches (once famous for drying cod in the open air) and coastal forests, Placentia is known as one of the most picturesque places in Newfoundland and is a popular tourist destination. There are several archeological sites of interest, some of which have been reconstructed. Across the tumultuous tidal race called ‘the gut’ at the harbour mouth, there is a unique lift-bridge. Cape St. Mary\'s Ecological Reserve, the Irish Loop, St. Mary\'s Bay and Conception Bay are within easy reach of Placentia. In addition to two museums, there are several well-preserved examples of late-19th century Newfoundland architecture. The summer stock theatre troupe, Placentia Area Theatre D\'Heritage performs historical plays of significance in the Placentia area, in addition to cabaret dinner theatre and ghost walks. Popular CBC host Rex Murphy was raised in Placentia. Come and enjoy the friendly local atmosphere and marine air along the mile-long boardwalk.
There are two ferry links from Placentia to Nova Scotia and the Canadian mainland. It is 130 km from the capital city, St. John\'s.
Heritage waterfront Bed and Breakfast
Castle Hill features the remains of French and English fortifications from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Your Home away from Home!
While staying in the Placentia area, be sure to see the work of local Newfoundland artist, Christopher Newhook.
Watch our archaeology crews at work uncovering artifacts and buried structures!
I design and create unique pieces of handcrafted jewellery.
The Placentia Area Theatre d'Heritage Group (PATH) is a non-profit organization established in 1994.
The Centre is a newly constructed multipurpose facility established by the Town of Placentia to celebrate the cultural and artistic...