During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society are hoping that you are enjoying the simpler things of life while staying home if possible and staying in your bubble. There are many trails on the Peninsula that we hope you take advantage of! Enjoy a walk around the harbour, or down by the pond. Take a hike to the Lighthouse, enjoy the scenery, sit and watch the waves, they may even sing to you.

We look forward to when this is all over and we can get back to some normalcy in our lives!

We salute all Essential workers, healthcare workers, truckers, grocery workers, janitors, first responders, everyone who is doing their part and keeping us safe.

We want to send out a special thanks to all our Spiritual leaders, you are doing an awesome job, and helping us through these dark days, with your prayers, on-line services. We really appreciate it!

We especially would like to send out a huge thank you to our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his staff, our Premier Dwight Ball, Dr. Haggie, and Dr. Fitzgerald, you are all doing a wonderful job in keeping us safe, our country and our province.

May God Bless you all! Stay Safe and Stay in Your Bubble!


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Staycation on the Peninsula

Staycation? Consider our beautiful community for a staycation or a day visit on a weekend.

Our community offers some stunning views of conception bay and places to visit for those of all interests. Pack a picnic and enjoy it at Green Point Lighthouse, visit the Fishermen’s Museum and Porter House once we open up date will be announced soon. Enjoy the views of our busy modern fishing harbour, this year we ask you to view from your car to keep our fishermen and workers safe during COVID19 our Harbour Authority as signage stating what areas are prohibited. Please watch for signage.

Take in the breath taking views while enjoying a delicious meal from a food truck located by ship cove pond. Take a hike around jail house mountain, you may happen to see a boat steaming up the bay or visit the rock that’s naturally shaped like the island of Newfoundland.

Bring the family and enjoy a day on the Port de Grave Peninsula. See you then!

Just an hour from St John’s, with a world of difference!

Port de Grave Annual Boat Lighting & Community News
Destination St. John’s
Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland
Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism
McCarthy’s Party Ltd
Kathi’s Road Trips

Launching Shalloway

We are excited to launch the Shalloways on Friday, June 12th at 11:30am from the foot of ship cove pond in Port de Grave.  When launched you will be able to observe one of the Shalloways sculled and the other rowed to the recently upgraded dock in the middle of the pond.

These Shalloways have been generously sponsored by Clarence and Eleanor Andrews and Shawn and Nancy Batten.

We welcome you to come out and observe a short ceremony as we unveil the names chosen for the boats.  Rev. Linda Budden will offer a blessing for a safe venture and a successful way of remembering out past as we build a tourism destination.

If you come down, please ensure you follow social distancing.  You can always stay in your vehicle or watch from across the pond.

NTV have confirmed they will be onsite and will bring a report on the Evening Newshour.

Remember Social Distancing will be strongly inforced.

The Shalloway Project

The Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society Inc. is very proud to share with you their latest project. Special thanks to Board member Vernon Petten for all his hard work.

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Development Coordinator/Project Manager

The Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society Inc., have in the process of looking for a Development Coordinator/Project Manager. Please see the following job description and if you are interested please contact the society.

Development Coordinator/Project Manager

(Job Description)

The Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society Inc. (PDGPHSI) is seeking an experienced Development Coordinator/Project Manager to guide implementation of the Peninsula’s Tourism Master Development Plan and to manage roll-out of a number of initiatives in 2020. Responsibilities include:

Development Coordinator

  • Oversee contract and other staff while supporting the Board in the implementing the human resource, capacity and governance plans
  • Oversee development and initial implementation of the experience program
  • Oversee marketing, communications and stakeholder engagement activities
  • Manage Canon Richards Tearoom operations

Project Manager

  • Lead implementation of 2020 project activities
  • Prepare detailed Scope of Work (SOW) and associated Request for Proposals (RFP) for external consultants/suppliers and develop and oversee procurement processes including advertisement, evaluation/screening, and contracting
  • Manage and monitor consultant/supplier contracts, ensuring project schedules, milestones and deliverables are achieved
  • Act as primary liaison between PDGPHSI and funding partners, ensure contract compliance, prepare reports and claims as required, and prepare final report for submission to funding partners
  • Manage overall budget and disbursements for deliverables with each project contract
  • Prepare ongoing activity reports on project activities for review by the Project Management Committee (PMC), attend meetings and serve as an ex-officio member of the PMC and related sub-committees, and maintain a record of PMC decisions


The ideal candidate would have demonstrated experience and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Experience and understanding of the province’s tourism industry
  • 3-5 years’ experience managing or playing a leadership role in not for profit tourism organizations
  • Understanding of board operations and governance
  • Project management experience, including engaging with funding agencies
  • Financial administration and a working knowledge of Simply Accounting
  • Understanding of relevant legislation and compliance requirements including Workplace NL, CRA
  • Staff training and orientation
  • Some background in interpretive planning and heritage preservation would be a definite asset
  • A certificate or diploma from a recognized college or university, preferably in Business Administration or Business Management (equivalencies will be considered)


This position is for an initial period of one year with the possibility of an extension, commencing notionally on June 22, 2020 at an annual salary of $52,500.

Apply To apply, please send a cover letter, a resume and three references to Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society by email: pdgphsi@gmail.com by 4:30, June 10th, 2020

22nd Annual Boat Lighting

Will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6 pm, on the Marginal Wharf located on John Efford Drive.

Here are some shots from 2019, one of the most successful Boat Lighting Events with almost 70 boats lit!

1st Annual Fisher Feast Nov 6 2019 Update

1st Annual Fisher Feast honoring former MHA/MP John Efford was a great success!

The 1st Annual Fisher Feast was held at St. Luke’s Hall, Port de Grave, on Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 2019 to honor one of our own former MHA/MP John Efford.  In attendance were Premier Dwight Ball, MP Ken McDonald, Senator Fabian Manning, MHA Pam Parsons, along, with family, friends and associates.  The night was one to remember with lots of stories, laughs and kind words for John.  A special video message came from former Prime Minister Paul Martin.  MC for the evening was Amy House who kept the event a fun filled evening.

The PDGPHS along with the Port de Grave Harbour Authority honored John by partnering together to name a road after him.  The road on the southside of the harbour will now be known as John Efford Drive!

During John’s time in Provincial and Federal Government he did a lot for the Port de Grave Peninsula and his district.  One of the things he is most proud of is his contribution to the development of the Port de Grave harbour.   John stated “ever since he was a little boy fishing with his Dad, it was his life long dream to make it a safe harbour” and that is exactly what he did!

We had a great evening last night at the Inaugural Fisher Feast Gala. We would like to thank everyone that attended and support John Efford and his family and supported the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society. We would like to take this time to again thank our partnering sponsors without you this event would not have been possible.

Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises
Russell Accident Law
Collingwood Downs
TriNav Group
Western Petroleum
Ocean Choice Internationa
The Root Cellar

Also a big thank you to all of our table sponsors you made for a special evening.

A big thank you to all of those who gave us a dessert for the dessert auction. They were very delicious.

To view pictures of the event please check out the following link Joyce’s Photos

Port de Grave Comes Alive with Passion & Purpose

Port de Grave Comes Alive with Passion and Purpose

Its rugged coastline and rolling terrain combine to make Port de Grave one of the most beautiful and engaging places in Canada. The scenic and welcoming peninsula is located on Conception Bay, no more than an hour’s drive from St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Home to European settlers since the 16th century, Port de Grave (French for Serious Harbour) shares the peninsula with Green Point Lighthouse which offers photographic opportunities that rival the most striking nautical paintings.
“Port de Grave is my home community,” said Ms Iris Petten, the Chair of the Master Plan Development Committee and Fundraising Events for the Port De Grave Peninsula Heritage Society. “In partnership with various funding agencies we are working to develop the area into a key destination for travellers while ensuring the sustainability of this incredible resource.”
Ms. Petten is also known as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Petten, a role that she fills with great integrity and enthusiasm. The tradition of appointing prominent and influential Canadians as Honoraries to military units has been common practice for over a century and no one could be a better representative of 37 Combat Engineer Regiment or wear the uniform with more pride.
37 Combat Engineer Regiment is an Army Reserve unit with garrisons located in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador as well as in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In association with their esteemed Honorary, the Regiment has worked tirelessly on the location, constructing viewing platforms and developing walking trails leading down to the Green Point Lighthouse, a historic landmark in its own right.
“We are very proud to be working with Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Petten to assist her group in the development of this remarkable place,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Shane MacNeil, the Commanding Officer of 37 Combat Engineer Regiment. “And the soldiers are thrilled to be part of a project where they get to apply the skills they have learned in a way that will have a lasting presence in one of their province’s communities…this is at the very heart of why people join the Reserves.”

For more information about the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society, please visit the website or their Facebook page of the same name or better yet, come to Port de Grave and see for yourself what can be accomplished when passion meets purpose.

PDGPHS Honors Oldest PDG Resident

Happy  103rd Birthday to Aunt Effie Petten, a former resident of Hibb’s Cove, located on the Port de Grave Peninsula now residing at the Long Term Care, Carbonear Hospital, Carbonear, NL.

Aunt Effie was made an Honorary Member of the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society yesterday.  Members of the Society visited her along with Rev. Linda, Priest in charge, St. Luke’s Church.  She was presented with a certificate.73524512_1355301324639238_4828285368103075840_n73370674_1355301194639251_5509031521241006080_n72609205_1355301241305913_1274665432103518208_n72069904_1355301274639243_715354832105373696_n

Important Announcement

Please read the following statement from the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society Inc.

The Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society wishes to bring to the attention of the Public that just recently a visitor to the Green Point Light House site came across a bag of garbage  which had been thrown there deliberately.
The Society has carried out there own assessment by cleaning up the mess and while doing so examined the garbage bag contents where the name of a person and their telephone number was discovered on at least two different pieces of paper. This will entail further investigation.
The Society wishes to advise those responsible that careful observation of the area will be implemented shortly.  We request the assistance of the General Public to keep a close observation of the area and report any suspicious activity to either of the Directors.  In addition we want to thank the general public for your tremendous support and concern regarding this matter
Roland Andrews
President–Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society