A Great Place to Discover – Town of Englee

The Town of Englee is a Great Place to Discover, nestled near the eastern tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. The scenic town has much to offer those who take the time to visit…

A Snapshot of Englee from the Gazebo. Photo provided by Doris Randell, Town Clerk

I enjoy driving through this quaint little fishing Town located on ocean’s edge. The fishing boats line the harbour and the craggy coastline is quite visible, with Barr’d Island just on the horizon. There are many older dwellings and buildings, some more than 100 years old. John Reeves General Store dates back to the early 1900’s, grew to many outposts, saw many close up shop, yet has maintained their operation in Englee. The Town has some unique vernacular architecture from the churches, salt-box homes and heritage houses; some are painted in splashy bright colours.

One could spend the day hiking a number of trails. If you are up for the challenge, you may even get to visit the gazebo at the top of the hill. The Town has thoughtfully provided a central parking area, free of charge, for any visitor to park and take in the beauty of the Town. Ensure to bring a camera, as the opportunity to get some great images is high! Make your own art. If you are lucky you will see some wildlife, whales and maybe an iceberg. As well, they have a wheelchair accessible day park with plenty of picnic tables and fire pits for cooking. This can provide you with some time to have a scoff (a great meal), rest and take in the beauty of nature.

This year adds extra excitement as the Town and Come Home Year Committee have been tirelessly planning and organizing a Come Home Year Celebration! The dates, Sunday, August 14th until closing day on August 20th, 2011. Mark your calendars!

Below is a tentative schedule as posted by Madeline Newman on the Englee Come Home Year Facebook Group: Englee Come Home Year 2011


Englee Come Home Year Tentative schedule

Subject to change

Day 1: Sunday August 14, 2011

1:30-3:00pm Opening Ceremony

Location: Playground (weather permitting)

• Prayer

• Ribbon & Cake Cutting

• Church Service

• Mayoral Address (Rudy Porter)

• Meet ‘N’ Greet


Day 2: Monday August 15, 2011

8:00-9:30am Registration

Location: Municipal Building

8:00-10:00am Breakfast at the Apostolic Faith Group House

10:00am Kids Day

Bike Parade

• 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded for decorated bikes

Location: Apostolic Faith Parking Lot (ride to the playground)

11:00am -4:00pm Games and Activities

Bounce House

Three Legged Race

• 50 Meter Race

• Sack Race

• Spoon Race

• Long Jump

• Bunny Hop

• Obstacle Race

• Other Games & Activities

All participants will receive a prize

Healthy Snacks will be provided

12:00pm-2:00pm Dinner at the Faith Pentecostal Church

• Potluck with tea or coffee ($7)

• Serving up to 100 people

6:00pm Little Mr & Little Miss Pageant

• 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes will be awarded for each category

Location: H. G. Fillier Academy

• 3-5 years of age

• 6-8 “ “

• 9-12 “ “

• 13-18 (?) “

8:30pm Community Bonfire

Location: Lockers Point


Day 3: Tuesday August 16, 2011

8:00am-9:30am Registration

10:00am Motorcade

Location: Municipal Building

• 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded for best decorated vehicles

1:00pm Grand Opening and Naming of the Town’s Heritage sites

• Barnes House

• Dr. B. T Gillard Memorial Park

• Harvey’s Stage

• The Replica of the Schooner the Nellie Reeves

4:00pm-6:00pm Supper at the Faith Pentecostal Church

• Cold Plates with tea or coffee ($7)

• Serving up to 100 people

7:00pm Variety Show

• Skits


Day 4: Wednesday August 17, 2011

Family Day


Finger foods at the Apostolic Faith Church Group House

6:00pm Light the Tree of Memories

• Make a donation in memory of a loved one & a bulb will be lit in their honour

7:00pm Gospel Fest

Location: H. G. Fillier Academy

10:00pm Entertainment

Location: Fire hall

• Dave McHugh


Day 5: Thursday August 18, 2011

10:00am-12:00pm Englee Day Festival

Games, booths ($20.00) and various activities

• Row-boat Racing

• Tug of War

• Log Throwing

• Log Sawing

• Dunk Tank

• Balloon/Dart game

• Money Ring Game

• Other Games & Activities

*Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each event*

12:00pm-3:00pm Dinner at the Salvation Army Church

• Meal Vouchers sold in advance (Soup & sandwiches, tea or coffee) $5.00

• Games will continue throughout the day

5:00pm-6:30pm & 6:30-8:00pm Supper at the Salvation Army Church

6:30 Open air service

Location: Apostolic Faith Parking Lot

• Fisherman’s Brew’s tea or coffee ($7.00 a serving)

9:00pm Open Mic at Fire hall (must be 19 or older)


Day 6: Friday August 19, 2011

8:30am-11:00 Breakfast at the United Church Hall

• Beans, bologna & fresh bread (tea or coffee)

• Or bacon, eggs, toast (tea or coffee)

2:00pm-4:00pm Seniors Social, visiting & tea

Location: United Church Hall

5:00pm Community Supper (meal vouchers will be sold in advance)

Location: H. G. Fillier Academy

9:00pm Entertainment (teenage dance)

Location: Fire Hall

• Jodi Rice & Band

10:00pm Fireworks



Day 7: August 20, 2011

8:00am-11:00 Breakfast at the Salvation Army

Beans, bologna & fresh bread (tea or coffee) or bacon, eggs, toast (tea or coffee).

10:00am Community Bobber Race

Pay $1 for a bobber. There will be 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes for the winners

Location: Batteau Cove Brook

2:00pm-4pm Family Picnic (everyone responsible for their own food)

Location: Ball Field (no pets allowed)

10:00pm Entertainment (adult community dance)

Location: shelter?

• Jodi Rice & band

Day 8: Sunday August 21, 2011

1:30 Closing Ceremonies

• Boat Tours will be available through Scenic Pursuit Ltd Bide Arm (ph# 709 457-2706 or 7678)

• Moose Burgers will be sold at Fire hall throughout the week

• United Church Hall will be open daily from 8:00am-8:00pm for tea, coffee , and to do some socializing

• Barnes House & Harvey’s Stage opened daily

Anyone with any suggestions or ideas can contact one of the committee members or send Madeline a message at engleechy2011@yahoo.ca. It will be brought to a meeting where a decision will be made if it will be added it to our schedule or not. Anyone wanting to take part in the Variety Show or Gospel Fest can do the same, only it will not be brought to a meeting.

There is always lots of activity in Rural NL on the Great Northern Peninsula. This summer ensure to add the Town of Englee to your list of places to visit and make your own discoveries.

Live Rural NL –

Christopher C. Mitchelmore


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