Carbonear was first settled by people from West Country, England in the early 1600s, making it one of the oldest European settlements in North America.
The town offers many attractions and amenities for residents and tourists that reflect the town’s history and traditions. The Harbour was named by migratory fishermen before John Guy. Descendants 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.
One of the town’s most interesting features is the large number of heritage structures that are found in all parts of the town. 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 many more are private residences.
Carbonear has excellent recreational, medical, and educational facilities. It has much to offer visitors and residents alike.