La Scie is located at the head of the Baie Verte Peninsula, between White Bay and Notre Dame Bay on the northeast coast of Newfoundland.
La Scie was used by the Basque fishermen who called the fishing station Port de Sege. The French named the town La Scie, meaning The Saw. This refers to the hills around the community which resemble the teeth of a saw.
La Scie was part of the French Shore, Le Petit Nord, from 1504-1904. After the French stopped fishing the area, La Scie was settled by Irish and English fishermen, many of whom were previously living in nearby Shoe Cove.
There are several small islands near La Scie. The most noted are the Horse Islands, which are two large Islands surrounded in places by dangerous rocks. Local names such as Hit or Miss Point and Nervous Point tell you the kind of reputation that the Islands have among the people who fish and use the waters near Horse Islands. These Islands were the largest islands in the area and people lived there until 1967, when they were all relocated to La Scie.
La Scie is a great place to do some iceberg and whale watching. You can stand on it's rugged coastline and snap pictures you'll want to frame!
La Scie has 4 kilometers of walking trails that stretch around the hills and take you near the waters edge. This is a great way to view the area, breathe in some of Newfoundland's fresh air, meet some locals, and if in season, pick some wild berries!
You can experience La Scie's French history for yourself when walk up to a French forge - a place the French used to make their fishing hooks and other iron objects back in the 1700's-1800's. Come to the Outport Museum and view many artifacts recovered from the earth belonging to the French. Get your picture taken next to a big anchor from a French vessel that was left in La Scie so many years ago. See for yourself the "Hendaia, a 1640 replica of a small French fishing boat called a 'chaloupe' used to hunt whales and codfish.