Enchanting Englee, NL – Celebrating Come Home Year August 14-21, 2011

Englee may be at the end of Route 433; however, it should not be on the end of your travel list. This quaint little Town is another destination on the Northern Peninsula East surrounded by group of mountains, rugged shoreline and islands off in the distance.

On June 19, 2011, I spent time at Englee with a friend from Salmon Arm, British Columbia. It was evident that he enjoyed seeing the vernacular architecture, which included several churches, salt-box homes and Barnes House (Englee’s Heritage House).  We took the trail that would lead us to magnificent views of Bar’d Island. After 164 stairs we reached the top, getting a magnificent viewpoint of the Town, islands and sea depending on where you venture. Even the modest hiker can reach the top, as there are several rest places, landings, benches and picnic tables along the way.

View of the Town:

View of the Coastline:

View Along the Trail:

Vantage Viewpoint:

The Town has ensured there are picnic tables for the traveler wishing to have a snack –  watch whales, icebergs and birds while hearing the waves crash. They even have a swing for you to unwind and take in the natural beauty. The forested throughout the trail is serene. One feels in tune with nature and your surroundings. A walk along this trail is good for the body, mind and soul.

The people of Englee have faced numerous hardships throughout time, especially with the closure of the fish plant that left many unemployed. Despite these challenges, the people of Englee are generous, warm and kind. The hospitality one receives when walking through this Town is authentic rural outport Newfoundland.

2011 marks Come Home Year for the Town of Englee and spirits are at peak. More than 1100 people are members of their Facebook group. An active committee, coordinator and volunteers are working tirelessly to put together a week on will never forget.  The group has a great looking schedule, as well they have a number of items for sale, including key chains, post cards,  hooked rugs, knitted items and traditional Newfoundland quilts. There are some big-ticket items, including a 12ft boat donated by local Allistar and Come Home Year Quilts. Hundreds are eager to pour into this Town at the end of Route 433! If you can participate or lend a hand email engleechy2011@yahoo.ca.

Englee will be a great place to discover, especially during Come Home Year, August 14-21, 2011

Live Rural NL –

Christopher C. Mitchelmore 


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

6:00pm Open Air Service at the Faith Pentecostal Church Parking Lot


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 & dessert ($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 & dessert ($7)

• Serving up to 100 people

7:00pm Variety Show

• Skits

9:30pm Teenager Open Mic/karaoke nightages 13-18. Located at the Tennis Court Shelter


Day 4: Wednesday August 17, 2011

Family Day


Finger foods at the Apostolic Faith Church Group House

5:30pm 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 Brewis 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

11:00am Flower Service United Church Cemetary (weather permitting) otherwise at Church

1:30 Closing Ceremonies

Open air service at the Salvation Army Parking Lot (time will be posted later)

• 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


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