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Don't just tell your students about their history
- take them to it instead!
Through guided, interactive school programs, we help students of all ages learn about the history of transportation in Newfoundland, from the early days of coastal steamer service in the 1860s to the final days of railway operation in 1988.
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Heritage Fair Projects
THE NEWFOUNDLAND RAILWAY
Railway was one of the
developments in the
history of Newfoundland
and Labrador. It tied the
island together, opened
up new industries for development, and
became an important symbol for many
Understanding how the railway affected
Newfoundland and Labrador is an
important part of understanding our
THE COASTAL BOAT SERVICE
But the railway couldnít do it by itself.
Tied to the tracks, the railway could only
reach a small number of the hundreds of
small communities scattered about the
coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
People depended upon the coastal boats to
deliver goods, bring the mail, and transport
people to and from the outports.
Without the coastal boat service, the
railway would have been largely
inaccessible to much of the population.
The coastal boats are just as important to
Newfoundland and Labradorís Heritage as
There are many resources available to you
when researching your Heritage Fair project. A
good starting place is your local museum,
library, heritage site, or even town office. All
these places may have useful information.
People are often your best resource. Ask your
teachers, your parents, your grandparents, or
anyone else who may have information or
stories relating to your project.
Here are some more traditional research
resources to consider:
The Centre for Newfoundland Studies,
The Provincial Archives of NL, the
The Maritime History Archive, Memorial
The Newfoundland Room at the A. C.
Hunter Library in St. Johnís.
Your local library.
Many of these places have websites with
useful information, as well as pictures and
original documents. The Centre for
Newfoundland Studies has a Digital Archive
Initiative that has many such resources.
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