Enchanting Englee on a November’s Day

Englee has made the news over the past year on many occasions, but not for its natural beauty but for the eyesore and environmental hazard of the fish plant falling into the harbour. The plant has now been removed,  site re-mediated and boasts a beautiful view of the harbour. This marks the end of era, as the plant was one of the province’s oldest fresh fish processing plants in the province. We must continue to build on the heritage of fishery, as it exists in and around every nook and cranny of this province.

Englee is at the end of Route 433, which was built around an abundant fishing resource. Some residents of re-settled Great Harbour Deep, Williamsport and Hooping Harbour.  There is a real opportunity to capitalize on the heritage, as there is an established Heritage Home and much research undertaken of events and oral history compiled of local residents.

I encourage visitors to take the trek from Route 430 onto Route 432 (Grenfell Drive or cross-country road) and then to Route 433. You will not be disappointed with the views of fishing stages, rooms, individually built wharves, saltbox houses and other pieces of vernacular architecture. Drop by one of the three convenience stores or Cross Rocks Cafe to have a yarn. Walk the trails, look-outs and shore lines. Even on a warm November’s day, Englee is enchanting.

Enjoy island hopping as you explore!

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North



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