bloodybaycove archaEology
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May to October

Operated by: The Burnside Heritage Foundation Inc.

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*Archeological evidence has been found for the presence of Maritime Archaic, Paleoeskimo and Beothuk peoples, and there exists anecdotal evidence that Bloody Bay Cove in Alexander Bay was so named because of a battle between the Beothuks and early European settlers.

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It starts over five thousand years ago: The island of Newfoundland was a very different place and the first humans began to arrive on the rocky shores to seek out the means to survive and to flourish as a culture.

What we now call Bonavista Bay was a great place to settle: an abundance of resources like seal, salmon and caribou, and perhaps the most important resource was a source of stone, that could be used for making all the tools needed to function in this harsh environment.

While the island of Newfoundland may be affectionately called the Rock, for aboriginals, most of this rock was too brittle or too soft to make a good spearhead or blade. But at a place called the Quarry, just seven kilometres from the Beaches by boat, near the top of a 300 foot-high mountain, there was a large Rhyolite stone outcropping that was mined for thousands of years by ALL* the different aboriginal cultures that once lived here.

In a research paper prepared for the Provincial Heritage Commemoration Program in 2011, the author, Robert Cuff, said the following about the sites, “ a multi-component site, it is illustrative of the sequence of all Newfoundland pre-history through contact to the early relationship between early European settlers and the Beothuk.” And that’s why the sites were awarded the prestigious designation as a “Place of Provincial Significance.”

Come out for a visit, take a hike along our trails or a boat tour of the sites, but first, stop in to our museum and we’ll show you all about this unique place and the people that flourished here at the Beaches and beyond.


In 2011, the cultural landscape that includes the Beaches and the Bloody Bay Cove Quarry was designated a Place of Provincial Significance

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Newfoundland & Labrador
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Mr. Laurie McLean