A Website and a Monthly Newsletter about the Outer Bay of Islands, Newfoundland

The Town of Lark Harbour


The Lark Harbour Summer Festival raised funds for the development of recreational Trails and was organised by the Multi-Purpose Trails Committee.  It was held in the parking area of the Town Hall and was a successful weekend with good weather.  In the foreground is the Outlander Boat and the giant polar bear of the beer tent.

Moon over Lark Harbour - 2011 November 27

Lark Harbour - General Information

Lark Harbour coordinates     49̊    06ʹ   17.03ʺ N
       (Town Hall)                   58̊    21ʹ   52.08ʺ W       [from Google Earth]

Lark Harbour is a picturesque small town situated on the shores of a sheltered natural harbour at the western end of the Bay of Islands.  The harbour is surrounded by mountains, many of them rising to an elevation of more than 400 metres.  The nearest major town is Corner Brook at a distance of about 50 km (30 miles) to the east by a paved road, Route 450.  The town of York Harbour is situated about 5 km or 3 miles to the south of Lark Harbour.

In the 2006 Census the Town had a population of 565 persons.

Lark Harbour received its name from a vessel of the Royal Navy, HMS Lark.  The squadron of which HMS Lark was a component, was assigned to the region in the mid 1700s and remained more or less continuously down to the end of the French Shore arrangements in 1904.  (See  The French Shore)

Lark Harbour is an incorporated municipality governed by a town council.  There is an Anglican church, a K-12 school, a post office, a part-time medical clinic, a public library, a residence for seniors, a general store, two restaurants, a public lounge, two public wharves, a trucking business and a Canadian Coastguard Station.  The beautiful Blowmedown Provincial Park is located near the community with 25 camping sites and a fully serviced utility building.  The Park is supervised from June to September.

Of interest to visitors are several hiking trails and ATV/snowmobile trails which provide access to the magnificent local scenery of rugged mountains and sea cliffs.

The main local employment is the harvesting of marine species including crab, lobster, herring, mackerel and cod.  (Unfortunately all are transported elsewhere for processing since the fish plant closed in the 1990s.)  Some residents find employment in the school and the local businesses while many others commute daily to Corner Brook.

Click here for a stunning panoramic view of Lark Harbour and its immediate surroundings, courtesy of Google Earth.

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View down the Bay

From Crow Hill, Corner Brook, looking west, you can see Blow-Me-Down Mountain in the distance.  Route 450 to Lark Harbour follows the south (left) side of the Bay for about 50km and is delineated by the white buildings along the shore.

Blow-Me-Down Mountain from Copper Mine Brook near York Harbour

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Congregation of St James Church, Lark Harbour, NL, sings "Silent Night", Christmas 2010

In 2010 the Anglican Church of Canada sponsored a project where churches across Canada could sing "Silent Night" and be presented on YouTube for all the world to see.

Click HERE to see and hear St James Church congregation singing.

Links to other pages on this website

The Bay of Islands  -  Information, pictures, map

The Town of Lark Harbour - History, Information, Pictures

The Town of York Harbour - History, Information, Pictures

The Church in the Outer Bay  - Early days of the Anglican Church

Some Interesting History   - Events & Items of interest in the Bay's History

Slide Show - Pictures around the Bay

Documents to Download - Past Blow-Me-Downers etc

Stuart's Newfie Webpage- Introduction to the archived page

Stuart's Newfie Webpage - direct link to the archived webpage

Guestbook - please sign it before you leave

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