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The Burin Peninsula (the ‘Boot’) extends to the southwest of the province, separating Fortune Bay to the west from Placentia Bay to the east. It measures approximately 130 kms in length and between 15 – 30 kms in width. The population of the Burin Peninsula was recorded as 20,962 in 2009. More than half the population (60%) live in communities that have a population of 1,000 or more.



There are 5 major municipalities on the Peninsula – Marystown, Burin, St. Lawrence, Fortune and Grand Bank – with Marystown being ‘the hub’. There are 19 other municipalities ranging in size and a number of local service districts (unincorporated communities). Marystown is the only community with a population over 5,000.



The Burin Peninsula is a region steeped in rich history, culture and tradition. Not unlike other areas in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Burin Peninsula has relied upon the exploitation of its natural resources to drive its economy. The fishery continues to play a major role in the region’s economy but other sectors such as marine fabrication, small based manufacturing and tourism are also prominent. The Burin Peninsula is also home to Mortier Bay, which is one of the deepest, most sheltered, ice free ports in the world. It is also home to the Provincial Seaman’s Museum and is the gateway to the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.



There are some 500 listed businesses, associations, church groups and organizations on the Burin Peninsula. These are disbursed throughout the region with the majority appearing in the 5 major centers.



For those of you who have stumbled upon this page as potential tourists to the area you may find the following links helpful:



The Journey Route 210



The Heritage Run Tourism Association



Burin Peninsula Trailway



Vintage Newfoundland




Community of Marystown



Our Facebook Page




You may also wish to visit some of the many community web pages. Feel free to give us a call to get the ‘insider’ view!

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