St.Vincent's-St.Stephen's-Peter's River - Newfoundland and Labrador

Route 90
Coordinates: 46.7742° N, 53.6167° W

St. Vincent's: First appeared on a Portuguese map in 1519, as Porta da Cruz. Until 1910, it was often called Holyrood South or Holyrood Pond to distinguish it from Holyrood, Conception Bay.

St. Stephen's: Previously known as Middle Gut was renamed in honour of Father Stephen O'Driscoll of St. Mary's.

Peter's River: Was named by French Fisherman.

Located at the eastern entrance of St. Mary's the communities of St. Vincent's-St. Stephen's-Peter's River were undoubtedly visited by French and Portuguese migratory Fishermen in the 1500s, 1600s and 1700s. Permanent settlement began shortly thereafter with the arrival of English and Irish settlers who established a local salmon fishery.

Interesting Facts
  • 1832, Peter's River and Holyrood (St. Vincent's) appear along with St. Shott's in the first official census of Newfoundland with a combined population of 42.
  • 1860, a school is built in St. Vincent's.
  • 1884, the first Roman Catholic Church is built and used by the three communities.
  • 1911, Middle Gut (St. Stephen's) population is first recorded at 24.
  • 1941, the sawmill begins operation in St. Vincent's.
  • 1941, the three communities are incorporated into one community.

Genealogy Information

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