Until the 1890s, when Port aux Basques became a railway centre, the settlements were mainly fishing communities settled by the French and later by Channel Islanders and the English. The community expanded as a trade centre, especially later when Port aux Basques was chosen as the terminus of the transinsular Newfoundland Railway in 1892. In 1898 the railway was completed and linked by the gulf steamer service to the Canadian railways. A number of fish processing plants were built by the 1950s but the industry was hit hard with the collapse of the COD fishery in the early 1990s and without the fishery's recovery the last large operation closed in 2007. Since incorporation, Channel-Port aux Basques has been the administrative centre for the Burgeo-La Poile region.
Author JANET E.M. PITT
Links to Other Sites
Channel - Port aux Basque
The website for the Town of Channel - Port aux Basque, named by Basque fishermen who visited this region in the 1500's.
Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce
The website for the Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce (APCC), formerly the Maritime Board of Trade. Formed in 1896, this organization promotes and supports business and economic development in Atlantic Canada. Click on "Chambers" for links to local Chambers of Commerce.