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Subject: George Shea, Avalon Peninsula Campaign, Brigus South, Province of Avalon, List of plantations
Collection: Populated Coastal Places in Canada, Towns in Newfoundland and Labrador
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Official seal of Ferryland
Motto: "Tolerance, Courage, Endurance"
Ferryland is located in Newfoundland
Location of Ferryland in Newfoundland
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Settled 1621
 • Type Ferryland Town Council
 • Mayor Leo Moriarity
 • Total 13.62 km2 (5.26 sq mi)
Elevation 48 m (157 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 465
 • Density 38.8/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 • Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Postal code span A0A
Area code(s) 709
Highways Route 10

Ferryland is a town in Newfoundland and Labrador on the Avalon Peninsula. According to the 2011 Statistics Canada census, its population is 465.[1] Addresses in Ferryland use the alphanumerically lowest postal codes in Canada, starting with A0A.


  • Seventeenth century settlement 1
  • Historic designations 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Seventeenth century settlement

Excavated foundation of mansion house.

Ferryland was originally established as a station for migratory fishermen in the late 16th century but had earlier been used by the French, Spanish, and Portuguese. By the 1590s it was one of the most popular fishing harbours in Newfoundland and acclaimed by Sir Walter Raleigh. Ferryland was called "Farilham" by the Portuguese fishermen and "Forillon" by the French—it later became anglicized to its current name "Ferryland." (This should not be confused with the Forillon National Park in Quebec, which still keeps its French name.)

The land was granted by Baron Baltimore who had obtained the holdings from William Vaughan.

Map of Ferryland in 1663
Map of Ferryland in 1693

Calvert appointed Lord Baltimore by James I. Dated 7 April 1623 it created the Province of Avalon on the island of Newfoundland and gave Baltimore complete authority over all matters in the territory. That same year Baltimore chose Ferryland as the principal area of settlement.

The town was destroyed by New France in the

  • Official Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Website - Ferryland

External links

  1. ^ Population and dwelling counts
  2. ^ Colony of Avalon
  3. ^ Colony of Avalon National Historic Site of Canada. Directory of Federal Heritage Designations. Parks Canada. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  4. ^ Colony of Avalon Special Preservation Area Municipal Heritage District. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  5. ^ Historic Ferryland Museum Municipal Heritage Site. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 8 July 2012.


See also

The Historic Ferryland Museum was designated a Municipal Heritage Site in 2006.[5]

The site of the 17th-century Colony of Avalon was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1953.[3] It was also designated a Municipal Heritage District in 1998.[4]

Historic designations


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