Battle Harbour really is a great restoration project and example of exceptional economic development. It all started when a local group decided to try and restore the church and it has gone on from there.
Battle Harbour is now run by the Battle Harbour Historic Trust and it is largely restored by donations. Corporations, government support and individuals have made this restoration possible.
I have provide to web site address below. One has more information on the trust and another link to were you can make an online secure donation.
Official Battle Harbour Web Site.
Make a Battle Harbour Donation.
Fondest memory: The Battle Harbour Historic Trust was incorporated on June 27, 1990 to assist the communities of Mary's Harbour, St. Lewis and Lodge Bay in developing the historic resources at Battle Harbour. The Trust's board members believe this diversification of the economy will greatly benefit the region. Working cooperatively with agencies of the federal and provincial governments and local development and historic associations, the Trust strives to meet the developmental goals of Battle Harbour.
In preparation for the restoration, a variety of research studies were conducted to document the unique historical features of the area. In 1991, the Battle Harbour property was donated by Earle Freighting Services of Carbonear, Newfoundland to the Historic Trust. In the summer of 1991, the first building restored was the St. James Anglican Church, the sole surviving church designed by the ecclesiastical architect William Grey.
Over he next five years, a number of other structures will be restored including the Grenfell Doctor's cottage, the complex of waterfront stores and sheds composing the fishing premises and the Newfoundland Ranger Station. This revitalization will provide tourists visiting Battle harbour with a rare historical experience, allowing them to become part of life in an 1800's northern fishing community.
Battle Harbour Historic Trust received a $1.58 Million contribution from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and generous donations from the International Grenfell Association, the Iron Ore Company of Canada and many other companies and groups.
In 1996, the Battle Harbour Historic Trust sponsored an undergraduate essay competition at Memorial University of Newfoundland through the Institute of Social and Economic Research. The topic of the essay was to be the Labrador Floater Fishery.
My favorite thing about Battle Harbour is the feeling you are going back in time.
The Battle Harbour Historic Trust is doing an amazing job of restoring this historic fishing village and in this picture you can clearly contrast the newly restored homes with the buildings of yesterday!
The site curator is Mike Earle he is also site entertainer and self professed "Jack of All Trades, Master of None".
In all seriousness he is a great guy and extremely knowledgeable about Battle Harbour. He has a life long history in the area and was involved in the site restoration since day one.
In this picture Mike is leading a tour of the site.
The staff in Battle Harbour are top notch and Mike and the rest of there team will help you with every concern. I trust you will ber very pleased with the hospitality.
The harbours in and around Battle Harbour are very deep and clear, it is easy to see the ocean floor.
It is interesting to see all the different life on the ocean floor. Sea weeds and kelp is very common in the area as you can see from this picture.
Walking around Battle Harbour can be done at various levels ranging from well constructed paths, to well beaten foot paths to a more difficult rock and barren type of walking.
As you can see from the picture along the waterfront the walk is very easy and the paths are well done.
Just watch your step on the natural paths, you don't want to twist your ankle!
The staff that work at Battle Harbour have some pets and this large dog is Rex. He is very freindly and like to relax on the waterfront or take refreshing dips in the Atlantic ocean.
He is a great swimmer, fetches no problem and adds character to Battle Harbour.
It is a great place to bring your own pet actually for some great hikes.
You have to remember when you visit Battle Harbour you are going back in time to the 1900s in a very busy fishing community.
In this picture you can see the very large fishing flake. A flake was used to dry the once plentifull cod fish.
When you enter Battle Harbour you will notice two towers and a pole on the hill. These are the two Marconi Towers that were once used to communicate to the outside world.
The pole has a Labrador Flag on it.
In this picture you see an old wood pile that local fisherman would have used for heat and to build fishing flakes and other infrastructure from.
You can see this wood is extremely dry now over the years!
Favorite thing: In various spots on the waterfront you will find murals of historic fishermen that once lived on this island, they bring you back in time and give you a sense for the people and what they were doing on Battle Harbour island.
Just behind the Church in Battle Harbour you will see this large house. It is not owned by the Battle Harbour Historic Trust and is not one of the cottages available for accommodations.
It is owned by a the local Jones family.
In front of the church you will see this small structure that is referred to as an "outhouse" a place where people used the bathroom years ago.
There are public washrooms today at various sites on the island.
Adjacent to the Grenfell Cottage you will see this house that is still maintained. It is not for rent like the other cottages on the island.
The local Rumbolt family still maintain and use there cottage to this day.
While walking along the upper walking path and ridge where most of the cottages are you will come across this building that isn't restored to date.
It is the old post office that was used one time.