Western Newfoundland

Town of Deer Lake
6 Crescent St.
Deer Lake, NL, Canada
A8A 1E9

Phone: (709) 635-2451
Alt. Phone: (709) 635-3222
Alt. Phone: (709) 635-3551
Fax: (709) 635-5857

Email: deerlake@nf.aibn.com

Web: www.town.deerlake.nf.ca

Crafts • Museum
Accommodations • Restaurants
Gas Station • Convenience Stores
Take-Out • Transportation
Campground • Recreation
Shopping • Regional Airport
Public Library • Salon
Bank • Pharmacy
Post Office • Groceries
High Speed Internet

The Town of Deer Lake has a rich heritage and a history which dates back to 1864 when the first settlers, under the leadership of George Aaron Nichols, arrived from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. These settlers were originally loggers and trappers, however, given the suitable climate and soil conditions, many later took up farming. Deer Lake derived its name from the many Caribou that could be seen crossing the large lake. These Caribou were mistaken for Deer, hence the name.

In 1922, a work camp was established to support the International Pulp and Paper Company. This camp would later become the Town of Deer Lake, with a formal townsite being constructed in 1925. Infrastructure at the time included a railroad terminal, places of worship and a small hospital. Incorporation took place in 1950. An airport was built in 1955. This has grown to be the main airport in the region, as well as a significant employer for the town.

The Town of Deer Lake, with a population of approximately 5000, has a rich heritage and you can explore it by visiting our local heritage museum. Throughout the town you can see glimpses of the past. From the Deer Lake Powerhouse to the Centagraph in honor of those who lost their lives in the wars of the past.


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