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Quick Facts

Holyrood, Newfoundland. Canada

47 23N 53 08W

Population 2,005
% Change (2002-2006) 5.2
Dwellings 832
Area (sq/km) 125.57
Density (persons per sq/km.) 16.0

Did you know?

  • Holyrood Harbour was once an inland fjord.
  • The first historical account of Holyrood (or Hollyrode) was found on John Thorton’s map of Newfoundland in 1675.
  • Recorded settlement in Holyrood began in the late 1700’s.
  • Holyrood’s primary industry in the 1800 was in providing bait (capelin and squid) for the Grand Banks fishery. Agriculture was also an important facet of the local economy during this period.
  • The census of 1836 reports the town as having a school.
  • Development of the Newfoundland railway had a tremendous impact on Holyrood’s economy in the 1880’s.
  • Valero (formerly, Golden Eagle) established an oil refinery in the town in the 1950’s and employed about 75 full-time workers.
  • Newfoundland Hydro Electric Generating station was built in Holyrood in the 1960’s.
  • Today, Holyrood’s residents include: doctors, dentists, pharmacists, architects, engineers, money managers, nurses, social workers, teachers, artists, police officers and numerous other occupations.
  • In 2011,¬†Memorial University of Newfoundland’s,¬†Fisheries and Marine¬†Institute established a facility (HMB) at Holyrood for their Cold Water Research & Development facility. Plans are already underway for a new breakwater and wharf and well as a 40,000 sq/ft building expansion over the next few years.
  • 1000 acres of real estate has been frozen and earmarked for development of a business park.
  • A new town hall has been recently been opened with office space and resources to house (incubator space) start-up or satellite offices to companies looking to establish a presence in the Town.