Old Perlican

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Old Perlican

Marina of Old Perlican
Marina of Old Perlican
Old Perlican is located in Newfoundland
Old Perlican
Old Perlican
Location of Old Perlican in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 48°05′09.53″N 53°00′08.23″W / 48.0859806°N 53.0022861°W / 48.0859806; -53.0022861Coordinates: 48°05′09.53″N 53°00′08.23″W / 48.0859806°N 53.0022861°W / 48.0859806; -53.0022861
Country Canada
Province Newfoundland and Labrador
 • Total633
Time zoneUTC-3:30 (Newfoundland Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-2:30 (Newfoundland Daylight)
Area code(s)709

Old Perlican is a fishing village on the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Incorporated in 1971, it is one of the oldest fishing communities in Newfoundland, serving as the major fishing station in Trinity Bay for migratory fisherman from England in the 17th century.


Its name was recorded as "Parlican" as early as 1597, with the "old" being added sometime later to distinguish it from New Perlican further up the bay.

It was settled by at least 1640. A "planter" (An early settler or colonist) named John Barrett (1654-1714) lived there after arriving from Poole, England in 1711. One of, if not, the oldest recorded English land transaction in Newfoundland archives is between John Barrett and John Carter in 1711 in Old Perlican. The original is in the St. John's archives and a photocopy hangs in the Old Perlican Town Hall.


  • 1597 - Old Perlican first mentioned as "Parlican". At this time, Old Perlican is a summer fishery station for migratory fishermen.
  • 1675 - First Newfoundland Census lists fourteen planters.
  • 1697 - (February) - French under D'Iberville capture Old Perlican. They report that there are "19 houses, several stores, more than thirty head of horned cattle, and a number of sheep and pigs". During King William's War, the village was destroyed in the Avalon Peninsula Campaign.
  • 1729 - Old Perlican is one of 11 harbours in Newfoundland to warrant the appointment of justice of the peace.
  • 1856 - Way Office established.
  • 1883 - First Postmaster was George Tuff
  • 1937 - First Radio Receiver comes into Older Perlican. Radio is currently in the private collection of Matthew Gillie

Towns and communities nearby[edit]


  • Old Perlican Harbour Authority
  • Beckett Heritage Property
  • Historical Graves
  • "The Captains Inn" bed and breakfast

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