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    Conception Bay Newfoundland

    by crummey Updated Aug 10, 2003

    Favorite thing: Western Bay is a broad deep bay. It is also an unincorporated community on the North Shore of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. Sheep, goats and horses can be seen in the stone wall lined fields.

    There are few trees and Western Bay is windswept. Within walking distance of Western Bay is the resettled community of Bradleys Cove.

    Western Bay was once much larger than it is today; It's large bay is arguably the best bay north of Conception Bay's Harbour Grace.

    In Western Bay ships were built on the beach from local lumber and the fishery was pursued by early settlers.

    Today, there is one seldom used wharf it Western Bay. The govt. boat basen is in Ochre Pitt Cove, a 10 minute drive away.

    It is a historic fact that NFLD's now extinct Beothuk Indians used to visit Ochre Pit Cove and collect the Red Ochre. Details are scanty, however atleast two Western Bay residents were killed by Beothuk Indians in a battle.There were other skirmishes recorded close by: at Hants Harbour and Salvage Trinity Bay.

    Western Bay is the birthplace of Canada's poet E. J. Pratt. His father was a Methodist missionary from Wales stationed in the community. E.J. Pratt's missionary father is on record for having a low opinion of Western Bay and it's inhabitants; Undoubtadly this was simply angst ridden home sickness because Western Bay is great.

    Western Bay. does not have a hotel or a bar but it does have a Pentecostal Church, a United Church, a Catholic Chapel, a pharmacy and a liquor store. Western Bay can be reached by a paved road. It is about one hour from St. John's.

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