An era draws to a close

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there are still a few communities accessible only by boat. Next year, there will be one less:

This is expected to be the last winter people will live in the isolated community of Grand Bruit on Newfoundland’s southwest coast.
The provincial government is backing a plan by the 31 residents who live in the community, which is only accessible by boat, to relocate.
The province is offering each household of at least two people $90,000 to leave the community and live somewhere else.
The chair of the local service district, Cindy Billard, said relocation talks have been going on for more than two years.
“We are relieved,” she told CBC News, “we know that government is going to help us out, and now we can kind of make some plans.”
Billard said the money will allow people from Grand Bruit to start anew in other larger south coast communities like Burgeo or Port aux Basques.

Many photos here. I wish I’d gotten to see it in person.

5 thoughts on “An era draws to a close

  1. Jim Whyte says:

    A friend that worked at Hope Brook said the Grand Bruit speech was so unusual even the other South Shore employees couldn’t understand it.
    I do hope someone has made an organized effort to pickle the outport culture for future generations.

  2. David says:

    Your home is no longer viable so you move. People do that all over the world. Why does the government have to pay for it? 90 Grand and a free summer cottage (your old house in Grand Bruit).

  3. Ran says:

    Not Grand Bruit!
    I was there – and at La Poile – in my geology days. Yes, by boat. Hey, both towns had their own identifiable accents. Kicked our asses at baseball.
    Wouldn’t it be better to build a road from Burgeo?

  4. Ran says:

    Hang on. La Poile, check. I don’t recognize GB at all… There was another, a smaller hamlet. We did meet people from GB at LP – family members of our friends at the local post office or general store.
    Anyway, it sure is a beautiful place. There has got to be a better option than to simply lure folks away, yes? I wonder what options have been considered?

  5. Hagbard Celine says:

    Why should the taxpayer pick up the tab? Elsewhere people move all the time as a given community wanes. Why ought it be the responsibility of the province to relocate these people? Are they afraid the people of Grand Bruit will get lost and starve to death if they leave on their own? damn, I wish someone would pay me a big hunk of cash to relocate somewhere from Vancouver!

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