History of Long Island

Lo1929149_7514480243_1489_nng Island is one of the largest of several islands located in western Notre Dame Bay, measuring twelve kilometers in length and eight kilometers wide.  Long Island has several small communites along the coast line and its interior.  These communities have been incorporated and is now recognized as the Town of Lushes Bight-Beaumont-Beaumont North.

The 1836 census recorded 14 people living in Ward’s Harbour. It was renamed Beaumont after World War I to honour the local fallen soldiers who fought in the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.

Cenus figures indicate that the total population of Long Island had increased by 679 by 1935.  There has been a gradual decline over the years.  In 2011 the recorded number of residents was 220.

The main occupation on Long Island continues to be the fishery.  Tourism has also become a slowly growing industry for the island as many past residents often return home in the summer time to help boost its economy.

This one of a kind community welcomes tourists with its authentic east coast charm.  When visiting the island you will have the opportunity to discover the Beothuck Hiking Trail or swimming at Beaver Park. Be sure to check out the Tea Room and Heritage Center for home cooked meal and a look back in time. The artifacts on display will transport you to a different era.  And to mark your trip be sure to check out the many local home made goods in the heritage shop for purchase.

The island also has a post office, municipal building, fire station, school and convenience store. The occasional siting of an eagle or an iceberg are kept for those that believe in the magic of the island.  Her raw and natural beauty will leave you wanting more.