in Conception Bay and is the principal community on the island. The community grew up around the site of iron-ore mines opened in the 1890s and is said to have been named by a mining official for an Abenaki word meaning "place of first light." The community grew as a mining town and service centre for the island until the closing of the mines in 1966. Its population dropped quickly after the closure, but lately the decline has slowed. Since the 1960s, Wabana has been the site of the island's hospital and vocational school, and recently of a fish plant and a community co-operative which has engaged in diverse projects for the town.
ROBERT D. PITT
Links to Other Sites
The website for the Town of Wabana, historically known for it's extensive iron-ore mine.
Bell Island History
Articles and anecdotes about the history of Bell Island. From the bellisland.net website.
The Submarine Miner
View selected issues of the "Submarine Miner," a monthly publication of the Dominion Wabana Ore Ltd. From the bellisland.net website.
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.
Wabana, NL, incorporated as a town in 1950, population 2346 (2011c), 2418 (2006c). The Town of Wabana is located on the north end of