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Rocky Harbour is the largest community in Gros Morne National Park and is centrally located for touring our World Heritage Site. While our history has been closely linked with the fishing and the forest industries, Rocky Harbour has grown into Newfoundland's top tourism community. [More]

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Finds of arrowheads in the Salmon Point area, indicating that the Micmac Indian once inhabited the area. Then came the fishermen from England and France, some of whom eventually stayed all year round. As early as 1809, it is recorded that Mr. John Paine and his wife Sarah lived in Rocky Harbour Cove followed by the Youngs'. Common surnames of those that followed and who still have descendants in the area are: Decker, Shears, Parsons, Ellsworth, Pittman, Butt, Dodd, Wight, Watt, Sparkes, Cullihall, Major, Nicolle and Dyke which go back quite a number of years.

This fishing village, run by English Merchants, grew rapidly. Fishing during the summer and logging during the winter were the main industries. People grew their own vegetables, cured fish, preserved local berries and raised animals for food, clothing and for work. Woody Point was the "Commercial Center" of the area at that time and, everyone went there for the essentials, which they could not produce themselves. Everyone was busy and the village prospered.

The first Church, the Church of England, came in 1891. In 1898 the first school was built. As the village expanded, other churches and schools were built. Today there are five churches and a modern 10 classroom school, which includes a large gym, music theatre, public library and community internet access center.

The first Post Office opened in 1900 and in 1939 a Cottage Hospital was built in Norris Point. This building is now closed, and we have a beautiful new Hospital in Norris Point officially opened in June 2002.

With the expansion of the cod fishery into a modernized industry, requiring larger boats, local boat builders went into full production of long liners. They have produced well over two hundred long liners, cabin cruisers and sail boats.

The construction and opening of Highway 430 connecting north and south Bonne Bay in 1968 made travel to other areas much easier. Before this highway was completed residents of the north of Bonne Bay had to travel to Norris Point, cross by ferry to Woody Point, then get a bus to Deer Lake for the train to St. John’s or bus to Corner Brook for medical attention or even work. In winter the north side of Bonne Bay was pretty much isolated.

In 1966 the settlement of Rocky Harbour was incorporated into a Community and has since been designated as a town, with seven councilors, one full time and one seasonal clerk. At least 90% of the town is serviced with water and sewer, paved roads and street lights.

Since the establishment of Gros Morne National Park in 1973 many tourism related businesses have increased employment and have given the town a financial boost.

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Gros Morne Recycling Depot
Please be advised that the Rocky Harbour Green Depot will resume operations on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  Our hours of operation will be 1:00-6:00 pm, Tuesday thru Friday and 1:00-5:00 pm on Saturday.

Upon reopening, all Green Depot locations across the province will move to an Xpress only model of service and implement several precautions to ensure physical distancing and safety of staff. Traditional counter service, where a customer waits for their order to be counted followed by their cash payment, is suspended until Newfoundland and Labrador enters COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

Xpress is an account-based system available at all Green Depots that allows customers to quickly drop off beverage containers and claim their refund later. Customers who do not have an Xpress account will need to register prior to visiting a Green Depot.

For more information, including how to register for Xpress and operational details for each Green Depot, visit

Please note that dates for reopening and hours of operation may vary between other Green Depots across the province. 

Posted: May 11, 2020 12:04 pm NFLD

Recycling Depot Guidelines

1. All bottles are to have caps removed prior to drop off. Any bottles with cap still attached will be returned to the customer.

2. To avoid congestion at the depot, unless prior arrangements have been made with the staff, each customer is limited to 10 bags per drop off. Anything above will not be accepted at that time.

3. Groups wishing to hold a recycling drive must notify the depot 2 weeks prior to make sure they can accommodate a large amount of recyclables.

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Posted: Dec 4, 2015 5:22 pm NFLD

Safety During Power Outages

During extended outages, Hydro asks customers to please implement measures to stay safe. Safety information can be found at Here's tips for staying safe during a power outage:

·    Never go near or touch a fallen power line.

·    Don't use camp stoves or barbecues indoors as they produce hazardous fumes.

·    Turn thermostats to the lowest setting or switch them off; and keep only one light on to let you know when power has been restored.

·    Do not plug a portable generator into the wiring system of a home or building. This action could result in serious injury to utility workers.

·    Listen to the radio.

·    Stay warm with blankets and wearing layers.

·    Spend some quiet, quality time with friends and family while crews work to safely restore power.

Customers can get further updates on the Hydro Power Outages and Emergencies (24 hrs) line at 1-888-737-1296 or on Hydro’s website at Updates are also being provided to media and can be found by following us on Twitter @NLHydro, or through Facebook

Posted: Dec 4, 2015 3:50 pm NFLD

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Posted: Dec 4, 2015 3:50 pm NFLD