Bonne Bay Area
The Bonne Bay Area has a broad costal line rural geography that spans from Trout River north to Bellburns (187 kms /2 hours and 24 minutes). It is located on the western side of Newfoundland and separates the Great Northern Peninsula from the rest of the island. It is a part of Gros Morne National Park which supports many historical and culturally significant landmarks and wildlife. Gros Morne National Park is a world heritage site located on the west coast of Newfoundland. At 1,805 km2 (697 sq mi), it is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada (surpassed by Torngat Mountains National Park at 9,600 km2/3,700 sq mi).
The Bonne Bay Area is separated into two sections: Inner Bonne Bay and Outer Bonne Bay. Inner Bonne Bay consists of two arms, one which is south which has wooded coves and beach landings. Outer Bonne Bay consists of the entrance to the fjord of Bonne Bay. There are 17 communities located throughout the Bonne Bay Area, 1 rural health center (Bonne Bay Health Center located in Norris Point) and 5 rural medical clinics (located in Trout River, Woody Point, Cow Head, Parson's Pond and Daniels Harbour).
According to the 2011 Census, the population for the Bonne Bay Area was 4,545. This represents a population decline of 4.7% since 2006. The Bonne Bay Area has a median age of 46. There is a heavy reliance on seasonal work in this area with summer tourism, Parks Canada, and fishing remaining popular income sources. There is a continued outmigration of individuals from the Bonne Bay area; this is clearly evident considering the Residual Net Migration rate was -1.2% (-50 individuals) in 2011 - that means that 50 people migrated out of the area in 2011. In 2011 there were 25 births in the Bonne Bay Area; this is a 29% decrease since 2010 when there were 35 births.
Bonne Bay Community Advisory Committee
The Bonne Bay Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a non-profit group consisting of a variety of community partners throughout the Bonne Bay Area (Trout River north to Bellburns) whose main focus is on improving the health and well-being of communities and marginalized populations (e.g., seniors, low income or single parent families, individuals with mental health issues or physical limitations). Actions of the Bonne Bay CAC include the identification of local needs and supporting the implementation and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention initiatives with a focus on healthy aging, child/youth development, community development, community engagement, and sustainable partnerships with the local Primary Health Care team, seniors groups, Town Councils, Schools, and other community stakeholders and volunteers.
If you would like to become a member of the local Community Advisory Committee contact the Primary Health Care Manager for the area at 709-458-2211 ext. 209.