St. Brendans - Newfoundland and Labrador

Step back in time and experience the Old World Charm of St. Brendan’s. Originally known as Shoal Bay, St. Brendan’s was eventually named for a legendary Irish explorer.

St. Brendan’s was settled in the mid 1800's by Irish fishing servants who worked in the inshore and Labrador fishery. When the Newfoundland government introduced the Centralization Program in the 1950's and ‘60's, St. Brendan’s and Greenspond were the only islands in Bonavista Bay not to be resettled.

St. Brendan’s is located on Cottel’s Island, accessible by a 45 minute ferry ride which departs from the wharf in Burnside several times a day. This boat tour provides a wonderful opportunity to view the pristine waters and coastlines of Bonavista Bay. While visiting the island, arrangements may be made with local residents to see Newfoundland ponies.

St. Brendan’s is a great place to pass away an afternoon by picnicking and exploring this lovely island.

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