History of Torbay

This place we call home is the unceded, ancestral territory of the Beothuk and Mi’kmaq peoples. We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. As First Peoples have done since time immemorial, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land and to respect the cultures, ceremonies, and traditions of all who call Torbay home. As we open our hearts and minds to the past, we commit ourselves to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to make a better future for all.

The first Europeans to visit these shores were the crews of English vessels who came here seasonally to fish during the early-17th century. Irish settlers followed a century later, and with them came traditions of song, story, and celebration that continue today.

The Second World War brought Canadian and American servicemen to Torbay, and the postwar era was a period of momentous growth and change. Today we welcome newcomers from far and wide, and we welcome you too to Beautiful Torbay.

To learn more about the history of Torbay, explore our exhibits and visit our archives here at Torbay History House & Museum.