Welcome to our beautiful, historic town. Carbonear was first settled by people from West Country England in the early 1600's, making it one of the oldest European settlements in North America. The town offers many attractions and amenities for tourists that reflect the town's history and traditions.
Harbour Rock Storyboards - European Settlement of Carbonear
Descendents from hardy fisher folk and merchants from the West Country of England and the Southeast of Ireland make up 95% of the town's population. Many customs and traditions from the "old country" are still observed in Carbonear. People are very friendly and interested in telling visitors about their town, explaining about local customs, local food, and local expressions.
Music is a very important part of the cultural heritage. Newfoundland music with Celtic rhythms is widely heard and there are many local musicians who sing and play a variety of musical instruments, especially those with Irish roots. The Celtic Roots Festival takes place in July, as well as an outdoor concert in Paddy’s Garden. The Kiwanis Music Festival is held in Carbonear every spring. Talented individuals and groups of all ages from all over the Baccalieu Trail come to the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre to compete.
Bowman Family - Councillor Bill Bownan, (r) his sister Elaine, Neil O'Grady, and behind him Justin Bowman (Bill's son) See YouTube of "What Would You Do If I Married a Soldier?" - www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsGG0MNw1zU
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History of Carbonear
One of the towns most interesting features is the large number of heritage structures that are found in all parts of the town. A number of them have been declared .Registered Heritage Structures. A few are public buildings, such as the Railway Station Museum, the old Post Office Building and the Rorke Premises; others have been made into B&Bs, and still others are private residences..
Carbonear is among the oldest settlements in North America. The harbour was named by migratory fishermen before John Guy and the other settlers arrived in Cupids in 1610, to establish the first English settlement in Canada. The settlers mention Carbonear by name in their letters and journals.
Origin of Name - Carbonear
The name Carbonear may be French or Spanish. Some people think that the name comes from a Spanish word, “carbonera”, which can mean either “wood prepared for burning into charcoal”, “charcoal kiln”, or “woman who makes or sells charcoal”. If Carbonear is a French name, it might come from the French word “Carbonnier”, which is a family name from Picardy and Normandy in France. It might also come from “La Carbonnière”, which is a place-name in Normandy.
In 1812 Mr. H. C. Watts asked Governor Duckworth to give Carbonear three guns to protect itself from American privateers. The biggest gun was called "Watts Long Tom" and was mounted on Harbour Rock Hill. Today two cannons can be seen on Harbour Rock Hill.