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Welcome from the Mayor
A Brief Introduction to Elliston

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Welcome from the Mayor

Mayor Joe Templeman          Elliston is a beautiful little community situated on the tip of the Bonavista Peninsula. Our community, formerly known as Bird Island Cove, boasts many great attractions. First, is Elliston's beautiful Sandy Beach and with the Municipal Park and Playground just across the street it is a great place to vacation. Second, our community is a great place for bird watching. We have an excellent bird watching site and if you want to get close to the Puffins this is the place to be. Third, Elliston is visited by numerous whales during the summer months. These big and beautiful creatures put on a show that just has to be seen. Fourth, Elliston is very fortunate to be located on Iceberg Alley. Every spring and summer these ancient icebergs float virtually by our doorsteps.

         Elliston's fifth attraction is the annual celebration of the Bird Island Puffin Festival. This festival held in the middle of July draws large crowds from all over Newfoundland and elsewhere. The main feature is the continuous live music from local and area entertainers. In addition, we also hold the largest Jiggs Dinner in Newfoundland. There are plenty of games and prizes for all ages. Last but not least Elliston is the Root Cellar Capital of the World! Some of these cellars have been restored to their original condition, and have to be seen to be appreciated.

         The Town of Elliston, along with Elliston Recreation and Tourism Elliston, would like to welcome all visitors and tourists to our beautiful little town.

Mayor Joe Templeman & Councillors

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A Brief Introduction to Elliston

         Elliston is a small community located on the North eastern tip of the Bonavista peninsula. Elliston was once a busy fishing settlement but now is a quiet tourist destination with an approximate population of 400 people. The town contains many attractions including the beautiful beach at Sandy Cove, camping facilities at Elliston municipal park, puffin sites and of course many examples of traditional Newfoundland root cellars.

         The town of Elliston was formerly known as Bird Island Cove and is believed to have been permanently settled in the early 1800's. Between 1901 and 1902, the name of the community was changed from Bird Island Cove to Elliston in memory of Reverend Ellis, the first Methodist Minister to preach in the community. A church and schoolhouse had been constructed by 1829 and the first "Communion Set" used in this church was still in use in Elliston in 1981. The schoolhouse was replaced in 1878 and this building in turn was replaced by the Memorial School built at the end of the First World War. A Church of England School operated as well out of Maberly. The town had an Orange Hall and a Fisherman's Protective Union which were organized in 1909. Elliston has remained almost totally dependent on the local inshore cod fishery. Until the 1950's the catch was salted and sold to local merchants, the Bonavista agents, or the Fisherman's Union Trading Company based in Catalina. During the Second World War fish was trucked over the peninsula for export to European markets but this was only temporary phenomenon. In 1960 three-wholesale fish merchants, a building materials store, a hotel and a number of grocery and general merchandise stores were in operation. Elliston also had United, Anglican, Salvation Army (now in Bonavista), and Pentecostal (now also in Bonavista) Churches and several schools serving Elliston and Maberly.

         Various parts of Elliston area are known by different names. On the Northern section of town, one can find places such as Northern Cove (Norder Cove), Mark's Path, North Side and Bonavista Road. On the South Side of Elliston, you can walk down such interesting places as Trickem's Lane or Point Road. At Sandy Cove you can enjoy a swim in the beautiful waters or relax on the sandy beach. In Maberly, previously known as Muddy Brook, you can experience some of the area's best examples of traditional Newfoundland root cellars.

From all of us welcome to
The Town of Elliston

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