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Torbay Community Profile 2010

Thank you for taking some time to find out more about Beautiful Torbay. We are a unique community with a long and colourful history, dating back to the late 1500’s. No doubt, we have a bright and prosperous future ahead of us. The Town has a sound economic base that has been described by the Newfoundland and Labrador Rural Secretariat’s Background Document as the richest area of the province based on a high median family income, a higher than average employment level, and a higher than average education level. Torbay is gradually moving away from the image of a small, rural, bedroom community. We are a twenty-first-century town with all of the modern-day amenities. We are experiencing rapid residential growth with unprecedented market values that continue to escalate. Planning is a major priority that includes a sewer treatment plant, a new municipal depot, a community centre, and a waste management plan. In addition, studies are ongoing in other areas, such as recreation and tourism, to determine the future needs of the town that will benefit both local residents and visitors. We are analyzing opportunities for the development of an industrial-commercial business park. Torbay is ideally located for such a development as it shares a common boundary with the City of St. John’s and the St. John’s International Airport. It is also only 1.2 km from the Outer Ring Road, a road which connects us to the entire province. Such development is further enhanced by the Torbay Bypass Road which is now under construction and will open up new areas for these projects. The Torbay Town Council will be charged with the responsibility of investigating all of these interests and moving forward with a development plan to further enhance the town as a welcoming place for businesses, tourists, and new residents wishing to call Torbay home. Come visit us in Beautiful Torbay! Yours sincerely,

Robert Codner Mayor


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beautiful HISTORY History of Torbay

Our town has an incredible history. Many Canadian towns have a recorded history of a couple hundred years. Torbay, however, has a history dating back to the 1500’s. Our shores have been influenced by wars, historic events, the rise and fall of the fishery, and most recently, an economic and population boom. As for our name, it comes from an area of the same name in Devonshire, England, first mapped almost 400 hundred years ago by John Mason. An extract from Bishop Field’s Journal states: “Indeed, there seems to be a little colony of Devon folk in Torbay.”


The community of Torbay experienced three French Campaigns, the first as early as 1696. These invasions contributed to the eventual construction of the Torbay Battery in 1781. The census of 1677 indicated residents from “Tarr-Bay”, Newfoundland. By 1794 the population totaled 108 English settlers and 99 Irish settlers. Colonel William Amherst and his troops landed in 1762, on their way to recapturing the capital city of St. John’s from the French. This event was officially recognized in 1978 when the first Mayor of Torbay, William Manning, unveiled a stone monument and plaque at the present-day Veterans’ Memorial. A storied history for a beautiful town.

A snapshot of days gone by – young girls on the beach, circa 1950.


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beautiful FUTURE Future Plans

A new resident family in Torbay, reviewing their house plans.


The future for the Town of Torbay is so promising. As the second fastest growing municipality in Newfoundland and Labrador, and with many developments being planned to contribute to the overall quality of life of the residents for the next few years. Torbay’s future is very bright. In fact, construction has already begun on a new bypass road that will connect Torbay to Flatrock with the intention of avoiding steep hills and reducing traffic in and out of town. Construction has also already begun on the new Holy Trinity Elementary School and is scheduled to be completed in 2010. Our Recreation Master Plan, Tourism Master Plan, and Heritage Plan will provide Torbay with a vision for a tremendous amount of development over the next ten years, including new trails and a new multi-purpose leisure and community centre. The Town of Torbay shows no sign of slowing down its progress for the next few years!


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beautiful PLACE Where we are in the world

Torbay is located in the Avalon region of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most easterly province in Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador is the youngest province in Canada, as it became a province in 1949. Torbay borders the Atlantic Ocean and offers breathtaking views not seen in any other parts of the world. The capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s, borders the Town of Torbay. We are within a very short drive from both the largest city’s retail centre and its international airport.


Torbay is the second fastest growing municipality in the province. From 2001 to 2006, Torbay experienced a 14.7% population growth. The town’s population is approximately 7,000 and, although it has the feel of a rural community, its proximity to St. John’s makes it seem to be more of an “urban community.” Torbay is home to over seventy businesses, two schools, and numerous clubs and organizations. In order to accommodate this growth, many new developments have taken place in the community and many plans are being finalized with regards to the future of the town. This town and this province are, indeed, a beautiful place.

A gorgeous view of Torbay Beach; an access point to the East Coast Trail.


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beautiful PEOPLE A snapshot of our people

One of our high school’s Art Classes working hard on its Mummers Float.


The Town of Torbay has highly skilled, employable, and educated residents. People in Torbay have a higher education, income, and employment level than the rest of the province. The majority of Torbay residents are employed and have obtained a high school diploma or better. With a strong and well-educated workforce, opportunities abound for businesses and industries. Our townspeople are highly involved in so many activities and have a deep pride in the history and culture of the area. Festivals and events are simply part of who we are. Our town council is proactive and progressive, and our friendly and industrious residents make this place one of the most special places you will ever visit.


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beautiful OPPORTUNITIES Doing Business in Torbay

The Town has experienced significant growth over the last twenty years, and has more than doubled its population since 1986. With an educated and skilled workforce and plans underway for the development of a business park, the business opportunity right here has never been better.


There is a huge opportunity for Torbay to become a successful commercial destination based on our strategic location, the amount of growth taking place over the past few years, and the growth expected to take place in the coming years. Torbay is conveniently located close to Stavanger Drive, St. John’s largest retail location, and St. John’s International Airport. This location proves to be a competitive advantage for business owners in the community. We are open for tourists, we are open for growth, and most importantly, we are open for business.

A specialist in auto body work pursues her trade with a local company.


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beautiful LIFE Recreation and Lifestyle in Torbay The Town of Torbay is very impressive with regards to recreation and leisure. With a dedicated and motivated Recreation and Healthy Living Department working to provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the community to the fullest, Torbay is unique compared to many other towns of the same size. Plus, of course, the fresh air, hiking trails, and incredible scenery add to the mystique.

Local produce is wonderful and fresh, as supplied by a local vendor.


The Town is home to a new arena, four playgrounds, a multi-use activity park, walking trails, two soccer fields, and two softball fields. The Town also fosters leisurely activities such as fishing and hiking – all this in a town of 7,000 people. The two main events that take place over the year in Torbay are the Hillside Festival in mid-late July, and the WinterLights festival held from November to February. Torbay has big plans with regards to recreation and leisure. Recently a Recreation Master Plan was completed, with suggestions on how to add to the Town’s recreation program. Torbay values the health and well-being of its residents and likes to keep everyone entertained with something to do all year round. Living here makes for a beautiful life.


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beautiful VIEW Tourism in Torbay

The Tourism sector of the Town of Torbay is one of the driving forces behind the Town’s economy and heritage. Torbay has over 400 years of history as a community, has many historical landmarks to visit, hosts numerous events throughout the year, and, quite literally, has something to offer everyone.


The sights in Torbay are sights to behold. The coastline is magnificent, the historic sites are interesting and compelling, and the combination of small (but not too small) and quaint (but not too quaint) makes the Town one of those wonderful well-kept secrets for both tourists and businesses alike. We invite you to share in the history, culture, adventure, and spectacular scenery which make Torbay one of the most interesting places to visit in Atlantic Canada.

Winter in Torbay is majestic, as shown in this view of Torbay Beach and Ryan’s Dairy Farm.


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beautiful HOME Living in Torbay

A new Torbay subdivision, with a child out playing happily in her yard.


From Torbay’s history to Torbay’s business climate, we hope you gain a clear and concise vision of the Town. There are so many wonderful reasons to consider Torbay as a great place not just to visit, but to call home. The population and residential growth of the Town are increasing rapidly, yet we still have our eye on beautification and keeping cultural and historical sites as a major priority. There are businesses, schools, parks, trails, and so many other incredible things that are perfect for a family, yet we are minutes from an international airport and a city of over 100,000 people. If you are considering a visit, a business opportunity, or a change of pace, Torbay is indeed a great option. Our business owners, visitors, and residents agree: Torbay is a beautiful home.


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Notable Distances and Access

Notable Distances and Access

The Town of Torbay is accessible from St. John’s via Torbay Road. Construction is being completed on a bypass that will enhance the connection of the towns of Torbay, Flatrock, and Pouch Cove, while

reducing traffic in and out of the community. The distance from Torbay to other major areas in Newfoundland and Labrador are illustrated in the chart below:

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The distances from Torbay to major cities within Canada and the world are as follows:


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Climate and Population

Climate and Population

The Town of Torbay borders the Atlantic Ocean and experiences a typical coastal climate with warm summers and mild winters. Torbay has four distinct seasons: spring (March to May), summer (June to September), fall (September to November), and winter (December to March).

The average daily high and low temperatures (in Celsius) for each month in Torbay are reasonably consistent with the rest of the province. Below are the relative daily high and low temperatures for Torbay as compared to the province.



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Climate And Population

Income and Consumption

The Town of Torbay has a population of approximately 7,000 (Federal Census 2006: 6,281), and has experienced significant growth over the last twenty years, more than doubling its population since 1986.

From 2001 to 2006, Torbay’s population increased from 5,474 to 6,281. Based on demographic data, it is estimated that the population of Torbay may grow to at least 15,000 by the year 2050.

Torbay’s annual household income exceeds the provincial average. In 2005, the personal income per capita in Torbay was $25,800, compared to $21,600 for the province. As well in 2005, half of the families in Torbay had incomes of at least $75,000 while in the province, that figure was $53,600.

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The self-reliance ratio is a measure of the community’s independence from government transfers such as Canada Pension, Old Age Security, Employment Insurance, and Income Support Assistance (higher percentages mean less dependency). The 2005 self-reliance ratio for Torbay was 88.7%. The provincial self-reliance ratio for 2005 was 78.4%.












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Employment and Education

Employment and Education

The Town of Torbay has a very high employment rate, higher than both the provincial and national averages. The employment rate for Torbay in 2006 was 66.4%. At that same time both the provincial and national employment rate was 62.4%. The participation rate for Torbay in 2006 was 73.5%, compared to

provincial and national participation rates of 58.9% and 66.8%, respectively. In comparison to the unemployment rate for the province, Torbay’s is substantially lower. In 2006, the unemployment rate for Torbay was 9.7%, whereas the provincial unemployment rate was 18.6% and the national rate was 6.6%.

The education level of the residents of Torbay is among the best in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Census 2006 reported 78.5% of people 15 years of age and older in Torbay have a high school diploma compared to 66.5% of people in the province. According to Census Canada about 61.2% of Torbay

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residents aged 25 to 34 have at least a college diploma or certificate compared to 53.1% in the province as a whole. In the age category of 25 to 64, 52.9% of Torbay residents have at least a college diploma or certificate compared to 48.2% in Canada.

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The Town of Torbay is committed to enhancing its business community through the Economic Development Department, by supporting businesses that are looking to get started or expand.

Torbay is open for business. With many services and amenities available and its close proximity to St. John’s, the climate for business in our Town has never been better.

The Town is working towards enhancing initiatives that support local business. These initiatives include the following:

For information or support for any current or prospective business, contact our Economic Development Department. We will coordinate a session to encourage and assist your company for success in the Town of Torbay. The Town of Torbay has representation from many different sectors in the business community. A breakdown of the number of businesses in specific sectors is as follows:


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Small Business Awards Small Business Week Development of a potential Business Park Increased public awareness of funding opportunities Business/professional development seminars Enhancement of current commercial area Business opportunity meetings/seminars

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One of Torbay’s most notable companies is Metal World. Metal World is 100% Newfoundland owned and operated and serves Eastern Canada, the United States, and other areas of the world. The facility in Torbay offers a wide range of fabrication services to the Commercial and Industrial Construction sector, the Offshore Oil and Gas industry, Pulp and Paper, Mining and Oil Refineries.

The business community of Torbay is a close and friendly environment. The Town of Torbay prides itself on its relationship with business owners in the community and is always ready to offer advice and support where and when it can. If you would like more information on becoming a part of the business community of Torbay, visit our website or contact the Economic Development Department.

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Torbay has over 70 businesses operating within the community. The businesses all vary in nature which adds to the diversity of Torbay’s business community. Businesses in Torbay represent many different industries including Oil and Gas, Manufacturing/ Construction, Transportation, and Agriculture.

Within the Food Services sector, Torbay has a popular restaurant, Coady’s Restaurant, which is famous for its menu that includes Newfoundland and Labrador’s classic fish and chips. District Drugs, one important part of the community, provides the residents of Torbay with pharmaceutical supplies, school supplies, and convenience items. Residents from the Town and outside communities love to visit Traverse Gardens Plant Nursery to satisfy their floral needs or just to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the nursery.

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The Town of Torbay is very supportive of the businesses in the community. The Economic Development Department commits to helping businesses and business owners in the community with support, guidance, and information. Further support can be obtained from the Northeast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board. The Board has information available for businesses throughout Zone 19 of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Canada/ Newfoundland and Labrador Business Service Centre also offers assistance to businesses in the province. Service Centres offer business owners access to a library catalogue as well.

The Town of Torbay hosts Small Business Week each year, offering free seminars to business owners in the community on various aspects of business (business creation and expansion, government funding, guidance and resources, and human resources and staffing). The Town also hosts the Torbay Small Business Awards that recognize and reward local businesses.

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Tapper’s Oil and Irving Oil represent the Oil and Gas sector of Torbay’s economy and contribute to the Town by offering gas bar and convenience store services. Torbay is home to a variety of construction companies as well, including Nino Construction, Coady Construction & Excavation Ltd., and Stan Codner Construction.

The business community of Torbay is continuously growing and expanding thanks to numerous business amenities. Some of the reasons business owners choose Torbay as the location for their businesses are: • • • • • • • •

Close proximity to the International Airport and Stavanger Drive Second fastest growing municipality in Newfoundland Rapid residential growth Low tax rates Low competition Friendly and loyal consumer base Supportive town staff and council Urban town with a rural feel


The Town staff can provide business owners with the information they need to succeed in the business world. The Town of Torbay website includes the permits and forms new businesses need to get started, as well as a breakdown of Torbay’s Tax and Fee structure. Tax rates in Torbay are among the lowest of the municipalities surrounding St. John’s. Property Tax: 8.0 mills with a minimum tax of $100.00 Business Tax: Minimum Tax: $400.00 GENERAL BUSINESS




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The Town of Torbay has many different industries and sectors contributing to its growing economy.

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For a complete listing of the Town of Torbay’s Tax and Fee Structure, visit the Town website:

OIL AND GAS The Oil and Gas industry within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador accounts for approximately 36% of the province’s nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 2% of employment. The province currently produces about 40% of Canada’s conventional light crude oil. There are three offshore projects in the province: Hibernia, Terra Nova and the White Rose. The province signed an agreement in August of 2008 with the Hebron consortium to develop the Hebron oil field. Construction of the Hebron project will create an estimated 4.1 million person hours of employment in the province.

MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION The Manufacturing industry accounts for 4% of the Newfoundland and Labrador’s GDP and 6% of employment. The three main manufacturing groups include food processing (mainly seafood), newsprint, and refined petroleum. The total value of shipments from Newfoundland in 2008 was $6.6 billion.

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The Town of Torbay is home to Tapper’s Oil. Tapper’s Oil provides residential and commercial oil and fuel products.

Capital Construction investment in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador reached $3.1 billion. Residential construction increased greatly due in part to the high demand for housing in the province. Construction workers have been in high demand in recent years due to the increase in construction projects. This demand will continue as the government has announced stimulative measures which should enhance the level of construction activity in the province. Torbay has a variety of construction and contracting companies including: Coady Construction & Excavating Ltd., Leo Keating Contracting, Nino Construction, SEA Contracting, Stan Codner Contracting, and W.R.H. Construction, just to name a few. These companies play a huge role in the business community of the Town.


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AGRICULTURE Newfoundland and Labrador has approximately 558 farms averaging 160 acres in size. The leading crops include vegetables (notably turnip, cabbage and carrots), greenhouse products, berries, and potatoes. The principal agricultural products are livestock, dairy, and poultry. Torbay is home to Ryan’s Dairy Farm, which provides dairy products to the community and province. There are residences available in Torbay with land that could be converted into farming fields.


AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE The Aerospace and Defence sector of Newfoundland and Labrador represents a great opportunity for growth. The investment attraction and export development potential

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for job creation and economic growth in the province are significant. In 2007 more than 30 companies employed over 1,000 employees in the sector. The sector generates annual sales of approximately $150 million. There is an opportunity for the Town of Torbay to contribute to the Aerospace and Defence sector of the economy due to Torbay’s relative proximity to the St. John’s International Airport. TOURISM According to the World Tourism Organization, international tourist arrivals to the province increased by 2% in 2008. Tourists arriving in Newfoundland are much more likely to fly than drive. St. John’s is home to an international airport, which is just 5 km away from the Town


of Torbay. Tourists who arrive in St. John’s can easily visit Torbay. Newfoundland is also becoming an increasingly popular port of call for cruise ships. The Town of Torbay offers an advantage to tourists visiting the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Being just 12 km away from Downtown St. John’s, Torbay is close enough to the capital city to be considered urban, but offers a rural community feel to visitors and residents alike. Every July, Torbay hosts the Hillside Festival which is a great opportunity to spend time with your family and local residents. During the winter months, Torbay participates in a national WinterLights competition, which

offers residents of the Town four months filled with activities. Torbay has a bed and breakfast, a fascinating museum, various outdoor landmarks (Torbay Beach, Father Troy Trail), and other locations that are worth a visit.



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Torbay is enormously rich in its unique history. There are various landmarks throughout the community that provide a snapshot of the historic roots of the Town.

Beauty is all around you in the Town of Torbay. Fresh air, events, culture, historic sites, and lots of friendly faces – Torbay is a wonderful place to visit, even for just a quick getaway.

TorBay Beach During the Seven Years’ War of 1756-1763, the English forces landed on Torbay Beach to take back St. John’s from the French, in what is now known as the Battle of Signal Hill. This eventually led to the ending of the Seven Years’ War. Because of this, Tor Bay is now a National Historic Site. The name, Tor Bay (Torbay), was named after Torquay, Devonshire, England. Holy Trinity Church There have been four churches built on the site of this building since 1830. Each has been named “Holy Trinity.” The most recent church was built in 1992.

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St. Nicholas Anglican Church The St. Nicholas Anglican Church was first built in Torbay 177 years ago and has since shared a long history with the community. It offers a beautiful view of the ocean from its doorstep. St. Michael’s Convent Torbay was once home to St. Michael’s Conventthe home of the Congregation of the Sister’s of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The first convent was opened on October 18, 1865. This building was torn down in 1889 and construction of a new building commenced. The new structure, which was built of wood, stood for 97 years. Tappers Cove (Treasure Cove) Tappers Cove was once known as Treasure Cove because of its known association with pirate John Nutt. It is said to be haunted by a black dog and a little boy. It is also said to have treasure buried on its shore. Gallows Cove (Little Gallows Cove, Cows Cove, Herring Cove) Gallows Cove is composed of three smaller coves: Little Gallows Cove, Cows Cove and Herring Cove. There are a number of stories attached to how Gallows Cove got its name. One story states that the Cove is named for the many pirates who



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met their end at the Gallows. Yet another story is that the residents constructed gallows (a structure with two upright posts, a crossbeam, and noose attached used for hangings) to warn ships that the community would not tolerate visitors partaking in any illegal activities.

Liddy’s Bar Liddy’s Bar is famed to be the oldest running drinking establishment in North America. Liddy’s is a great location to meet with local residents and experience Newfoundland hospitality at its finest.

Old Holy Trinity Parish Cemetery This cemetery has cultural value that bespeaks to the settlement of Irish immigrants in Torbay from the 1700’s and the coinciding role of Roman Catholicism over the last several centuries. It is also a Municipal Heritage Site.

Frenchmen’s Ridge Frenchmen’s Ridge, like Gallows Cove, has more than one story about the origins of its name. One story describes how the residents of Torbay would hide on this ridge when the French invaded Torbay, which the French did on several occasions. Another story explains that Frenchmen’s Ridge was the location of the first battle of the Battle of Signal Hill, 1762. This story is backed by the discovery of a French cannonball in a marsh close to the ridge.

Old St. Nicholas Anglican Cemetery Also referred to as the Church of England Cemetery, this municipally designated site is historically significant as it is the oldest known cemetery in Torbay. The earliest recorded burial occurred in 1674.

Prayer Garden The Prayer Garden is located at the site of St. Michael’s Convent. The garden has monuments of the Stations of the Cross and recognizes the 121 years of service of the Presentation Sisters to Torbay.

Codner House The Codner House is a painted, wooden, twostorey, single-family dwelling built in 1893. This mansard-roof house is a Municipal Heritage Site.

War Memorial The War Memorial is dedicated to the veterans of World War I (1914-1918), World War II (19391945), and the Korean War (1950-1953).

Father Troy Walking Trail Father Troy Trail takes you right along the edge of the our magnificent coastline, where you can see whales frolicking in the bay, observe icebergs in early summer or simply enjoy the natural beauty of the area. This trail is ideal for both the novice and expert hiker. For the avid hiker, the Father Troy Trail links into the East Coast Trail. Torbay Museum Founded in July 1988, the Torbay Museum is home to more than 2,000 artifacts, donated by residents, and archival items dating back hundreds of years. Its collection began with items donated by the Presentation Sisters in honour of their 121-year stay in Torbay (1865-1986). The Torbay Museum is the oldest established public museum on the Northeast Avalon.



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Throughout the year there are various events and festivals that take place in Torbay, from craft sales to the Santa Claus Parade, from seniors’ dances to softball tournaments. The two biggest, organized events that take place are the Hillside Festival and the WinterLights festival.


HILLSIDE FESTIVAL The Hillside Festival originated in 2001, and has become an annual event which is traditionally held for 10 days in mid-to-late July. A community event, the festival is a celebration of Torbay’s heritage and culture. Events in the past have included a Heritage Walk through the Town, a Neighbourhood Softball Challenge, a Seniors Social, Children’s Fun Day, boat tours,

a community barbecue, a community dance, and a fireworks finale, among others. Live music and popular local performers often set the stage for the Hillside Dance. The Hillside Festival is a great time for family and friends to come together, have fun, and appreciate all that the Town of Torbay has to offer. WinterLights WinterLights is a national competition promoting community involvement through the enhancement of neighborhoods and public spaces. This fourmonth celebration has a huge variety of events throughout the winter. The festival lasts from November to February, and each week features something for residents to participate in. While most of the events have a social nature to them, there is also a large portion designed to give back to the community. WinterLights typically includes food bank drives, clothing drives, events for seniors, a special needs Christmas party, and activities just for kids, just to name a few. Residents can also look forward to skating events at the new Jack Byrne Arena, Guy Fawkes Night, craft fairs, dance workshops, arts and crafts events such as make-your-own-outdoor-wreath, hockey games, a Santa Claus parade and many more. For more information visit our website and check out the Events Calendar.

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Facilities and Trails The Town of Torbay has a wide assortment of recreational facilities. A list of the facilities available to the residents is as follows:

There are several trails in and around the Town, including: •

In Torbay, we pride ourselves on our vitality and active spirit. With parks, trails, playgrounds, and the implementation of a recreation master plan in the works, Torbay is a fantastic, family town with so much to see and do.

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A skateboard park Kinsmen Ball Field Upper Three Corner Pond Park Ball Field (home to a provincial regulation size soccer field, lighted softball field and a clubhouse) A soccer field Four neighbourhood playgrounds The Jack Byrne Arena (the newest ice sheet facility on the Avalon. Owned by the four surrounding communities of Torbay, Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, Pouch Cove and Flatrock, this multi-purpose facility features an NHL regulation size ice surface, seating capacity for approximately 1250 spectators, a walking track, and parking for 424 vehicles.)

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54 km of trails (three developed trails around ponds; one partial trail around a pond) One coastal trail (East Coast Trail candidate) Several traditional walking, snowmobiling, ATV and biking trails

In the future, the Town of Torbay plans to create an integrated trail system throughout the Town, and a multi-purpose community centre.


The item with the highest level of priority is the development of an integrated trail system that recognizes traditional trails. The system will provide opportunities for a range of activities from walking, hiking, and rollerblading to more extreme sports such as Trikke carving.


The item with the second highest level of priority is the creation of a large, centrally-located,

The complete Master Recreation Plan is available on the Town of Torbay website.

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In 2009, Torbay created a Recreation Master Plan. The plan provides suggestions on how to improve the recreational program of the Town. The suggestions are ranked by priority (highest to lowest) and are based on a 10-year plan.

Other initiatives the Town of Torbay plans to complete within the next 20 years are the development of more community and neighbourhood parks and playgrounds, the addition of community gardens for residential use and education, the creation of more opportunities for outdoor water-based recreational activities at ponds, and more opportunities to participate in informal/ recreation level and competitive level sports.

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50+ Friendship Club Allied Youth Catholic Women’s League Girl Guides of Canada Heritage Committee/Museum Hillside Festival Committee Holy Trinity High School Holy Trinity Parish Council Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Fire Department Ladies Senior Softball League Northeast Minor Hockey Association Torbay Minor Soccer Torbay Minor Softball

The Town of Torbay is home to many clubs and organizations available for residents of the Town to join or volunteer with. The clubs and organizations in the Town of Torbay include the following: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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multi-purpose community centre. Ideally this community centre would include a single tank pool, a gymnasium, additional rooms for office space, an arts and crafts studio, storage space, etc. The centre could also feature a shared space for the Library and Museum, including a small gift shop.

Torbay Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Institute Torbay Food Bank Torbay Environmental and Trails Company Holy Trinity Elementary School Senior Hockey League St. Nicholas’ Men’s Association Prayer Garden North Horizons for Seniors Library Board Men’s Senior Softball League Quilting Anglican Church Women


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The Town of Torbay is committed to serving its residents well through services and utilities. From clean water to health care from education to snow clearing and so much more, Torbay takes care of its people well.

Utilities WATER AND SEWER WORKS The Town of Torbay currently operates and maintains both a sanitary sewer system and a water distribution/reservoir system. The Town is committed to providing clean, safe water to its residents and continually monitors water quality, water levels, and consumption to ensure the water system is performing at optimal standards.


The Town’s sanitary sewer system is a complex system of piping and pumps requiring maintenance and upgrades on a regular basis. The Town is planning to complete these upgrades under a cost shared multi-year capital works project.

Commercial Fees:



$150.00 ANNUALLY $150.00 ANNUALLY $300.00 ANNUALLY 8.0 MILLS (MIN. TAX OF $100)

$200.00 ANNUALLY $200.00 ANNUALLY $400.00 ANNUALLY


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Torbay offers a number of services to residents in the community. Whether you are looking for a place to give back to the community, looking for a place to worship, or looking for a spot to stay, Torbay has something to offer everyone.


VOLUNTEERING Torbay has a number of clubs and organizations in the community that work with volunteers including: the Catholic Women’s League, Girl Guides, the Torbay Museum, the Hillside Festival, Knights of Columbus, Torbay Food Bank, Torbay Volunteer Fire Department, the Women’s Institute and many others. For a full list of clubs and organizations see the Recreation section of this document. LOCAL AND REGIONAL HEALTH CARE Torbay is home to a medical clinic, the Torbay

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Medical Clinic; two dental offices, Torbay Dental Office and Dr. Mithani’s Dental Office; and a physiotherapy clinic, Atlantic Physiotherapy. Torbay is in very close proximity to St. John’s and is approximately 12 km from both the St. John’s Health Science Center and the Janeway Children’s Hospital. EDUCATION Torbay has an elementary school, Holy Trinity Elementary School, and a high school, Holy Trinity High School. A new elementary school is currently being completed for the community and is scheduled to be opened in 2010. Post-Secondary Institutions: Memorial University of Newfoundland is 12 km away from Torbay, and a College of the North Atlantic campus is located 11 km away.

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Memorial University: Memorial University has six faculties: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine and a Faculty of Science. There are also seven schools of study including: Continuing Education, Graduate Studies, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Education and Social Work. There are available residence accommodations, a state of the art athletics facility (the Field House), a food court and an extensive library (Queen Elizabeth II Library). College Of The North Atlantic: College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest post-secondary educational and skillstraining centres. CNA offers more than 100 full-time programs and more than 300 part-time courses in Academics, Applied Arts, Business

Studies, Health Sciences, Engineering Technology, Industrial Trades, Information Technology, and Tourism & Natural Resources. Approximately 20,000 students attend the College of the North Atlantic annually. Child Care Stepping Stones Day Care is a local day care centre. The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon currently offers a school-age program at Holy Trinity Elementary School. CHURCHES There are two churches located in Torbay: Holy Trinity Church and St. Nicholas Anglican Church. Both these churches have a long and decorated history in the community. For more information see the Tourism section of the document.


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SENIORS’ RESOURCES Throughout the year, the Town of Torbay offers a variety of events and services for seniors living in the community: • • • • • •


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Senior’s tea and local entertainment nights Christmas at Liddy’s Bar for seniors Senior’s dinner and dance during the WinterLights festival Senior’s bus tours Senior’s card games New Horizons for Seniors (a club for seniors to socialize and volunteer together) North Pond Personal Care Home (local senior’s home complex)

TRANSPORTATION Torbay has two independently owned taxi services, Torbay Taxi and East End Taxi & Courier. Both operate in Torbay and St. John’s.

ACCOMMODATIONS If you’re looking for a place to stay during a visit to Torbay, visit See the Sea Bed and Breakfast. With a fantastic ocean view, the B&B is just five minutes from the airport and two minutes from Father Troy’s walking trail. For more information, visit NEWSPAPERS The Telegram is a daily, provincial newspaper that, as well as The Globe and Mail and National Post, can be delivered to residents. The Northeast Avalon Times is a monthly newspaper that serves Portugal CoveSt. Philip’s, Torbay, Logy Bay-Middle CoveOuter Cove, Flatrock, Bauline, and Pouch Cove.

MUNICIPAL SERVICES AND OPERATIONS The Municipal Services and Operations that the Town of Torbay provides to its residents include: ROAD MAINTENANCE SNOW CLEARING AND ICE CONTROL The Town has two sanders, four loaders with snow blades and wings, and two backhoes that are all used in snow clearing and ice control operations. MUNICIPAL DEPOT The Town of Torbay Municipal Depot houses the Town Garage, The Animal Control Shelter, and related storage facilities. MUNICIPAL ENFORCEMENT The Municipal Enforcement Officer is responsible for animal control, monitoring construction

STREET LIGHTING The Town, in conjunction with Newfoundland Power, maintains and operates an extensive street lighting system. Street and area lighting enhances our properties and our sense of security in neighbourhoods.

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activities, enforcing snow clearing regulations, and enforcing the municipal regulations.

TOWN FACILITIES The Town of Torbay operates and maintains several facilities including the Town Office and Fire Department, The Municipal Depot and associated buildings, the Kinsmen Community Centre, and the Upper Three Corner Pond Recreation Facilities. The Town also maintains pumping and processing buildings related to water and sewer. ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES The Town of Torbay is committed to maintaining a clean, safe environment for residents and visitors alike. As part of this commitment, the Town has a contracted household garbage collection/disposal service that is provided on a weekly basis. The Town organizes a yearly Spring Clean-Up program so residents can dispose of bulk garbage that may have collected over the year.


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The Town of Torbay also organizes a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Day. The primary objective of the HHW Program is to provide Torbay residents with a safe method to dispose of unwanted special wastes that cannot be disposed of with regular garbage.

The Town of Torbay is actively involved in Clean-up Programs and promotion of property beautification. Residents are recognized for their contribution to property improvement and the Town promotes a clean environment for all residents.


PURCHASING AND SUPPLY The Town of Torbay also prepares quotes and tenders for goods and services required to properly manage the various departments and activities. These supplies and services are essential to the operation of the Town.

CAPITAL WORKS Capital Works programs are also designed, tendered and administered through the operations arm of the Town. These works are completed in conjunction with municipal and/or provincial funding and vary from roadwork and water and sewer installation to upgrading of infrastructure and facilities. FIRE SERVICES The Torbay Volunteer Fire Department has been providing the residents of the towns of Torbay and Flatrock with professional emergency services for over 34 years. Services Provided: • Fire Suppression • Fire Inspection • Public Education • Rescue • Medical Response • Vehicle Extrication

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Bob is a former winner of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for volunteerism, and he spends much of his time dedicating himself to the Town of Torbay. Currently he is involved in all committees of council and numerous initiatives. He has held active membership in several professional organizations namely, the Association of Newfoundland Land Surveyors, Appraisal Institute of Canada, and the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists. DEPUTY MAYOR GEOFF GALLANT Geoff Gallant is a family man who grew up in Torbay, and in 2009, at the age of 33, he became the youngest person to ever be elected as Torbay’s Deputy Mayor. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Archaeology from Memorial University and a degree in Applied Information Technology from the Information Technology Institute. He is currently a senior consultant and

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Bob Codner retired from Newfoundland and Labrador Housing in 1997, the year he was elected to Town Council. He is a proud, lifelong resident of Torbay, who authored The History of Torbay published in 1997. In 2001, he was elected Mayor of Torbay and was re-elected in 2005 and 2009.

biographies IT professional with team leadership experience on several successful multimillion dollar projects. He is also an active community volunteer who currently serves on several political and environmental executives and board of directors, both locally and provincially. Geoff believes in a sustainable, long-term vision for Torbay. He takes great pride in his balanced approach to the issues and his reputation for being a strong proponent of Torbay’s rural character, wetlands, green spaces, and conservation zones.

Mike is presently actively involved in all community events supporting various volunteer groups and organizations. Mike was first elected to Council in 2002 and re-elected in 2005 and 2009. He has been a member of a number of different committees during this tenure. He is presently on the following committees: Human Resources and Development, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Land Use Development, and Heritage. Mike is Council’s liaison with the Torbay Volunteer Fire Department.

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33 years, he has been employed by Canada Post. For many years, he was involved in the Gonzaga Army Cadet Corps and was a Leader with the Boy Scouts of Canada.


COUNCILLOR PEGGY ROCHE Peggy Roche has been a Town Councillor for the Town of Torbay since 1997. She served as Deputy Mayor for the Town from 2001 to 2005, and has served on various committees. Peggy also sits as Chair for the Economic Development Committee, and is a founding member of the Torbay Tourism Committee.

COUNCILLOR MICHAEL BYRNE Mike Byrne was born and raised in Torbay and presently resides in the community with his wife. He has three sons and one grandson. For the past

Peggy is a true community leader. She has been heavily involved in the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, including a term as Provincial President, and is a founding member of the Holy Trinity


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Torbay and have two children. Ralph is a retired 37-year employee of Memorial University of Newfoundland, having spent his entire career at the Queen Elizabeth II Library in various capacities, including that building’s Manager of Facilities Services. During his time at Memorial he also spent fourteen years as president of the 800-member CUPE Staff Local 1615. 

Family Aid Group. Peggy has been married for 43 years and is a mother of two and grandmother of four. Peggy is no stranger to volunteering her time to the greater good of the community and is always doing what she can to better the Town of Torbay.

both the Public Works and HR/Administration Committees. Her previous Council committee experience includes Strategic Planning, Personnel, and Hillside Festival Committee. In addition, Carol Ann is the Town’s representative on Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador’s Urban Municipalities Committee.


Carol Ann just celebrated her 10th anniversary as Regional Director, Canadian Diabetes Association Newfoundland and Labrador. But as she’ll be quick to tell you, spending time with her family and friends, and spoiling her grandchildren still rank #1.

Ralph has also held leadership roles in the community, including local, provincial, and national sports organizations. He now volunteers in many town functions and activities, along with his duties as Councillor.



Ralph Tapper is serving his second term on Torbay Council. He and his wife are lifelong residents of

Brian Whitty was born and raised in Torbay. He attended Holy Trinity Elementary and graduated

Carol Ann was elected in 2005, and re-elected in September 2009. As a lifelong resident and community volunteer, Carol Ann has been involved in a variety of groups, including 13 years with Youth Bowling at Holiday Lanes, Treasurer with the Torbay Swiler Days, and Chair of both Holy Trinity Parish and School Councils. Carol Ann currently chairs the Town’s Planning/ Development Committee, and is a member of

from Gonzaga Regional High School in 1974. He graduated from Memorial University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Education (Elementary). He completed Diplomas in School Resource Services and Technology Education.  Brian taught in schools all over Newfoundland and Labrador before settling back to his home in Torbay. He is currently a teacher-librarian at Cape St. Francis Elementary in Pouch Cove. Brian is an active volunteer in the community, having served on the executives of both the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society, and as a volunteer with both the Torbay Family Aid Group and Scouts Canada. Brian is active in his parish community through his participation in the children’s liturgy program. 


Town Crest


The Coat of Arms of Torbay, Newfoundland is the same as that of Torbay, England. The following is a description of the Coat of Arms in relation to Torbay, England. “The background of blue with the curved ‘chief’ of gold suggests the shape of Torbay and its sea and sands. The mural crown is familiar in civic arms as a symbol of local government; its red colour indicates that of the Devon earth. Here, it is shown with four crenellations, and suggests Torbay constituting one civic authority comprising four formerly separate ones. The gold lymphad refers to the many current and historical

The basic colours of the wreath, blue and gold, allude to sea and sands of Torbay. Blue is one of the livery colours of the arms of the Borough of Torquay and of Paignton UDC and also prominent in the unofficial arms of Brixham UDC, whose blue and gold livery recalls, in the colours of the arms of Nassau, the historic landing of William III at Torbay. The crosier is one of the three from the arms of Torre Abbey, whose gateway is seen in the Torquay shield. The dolphins, from the crests of Brixham and Paignton, represent the pleasure of the seaside and its activities. The horseshoe refers to Churston Ferrers and is from the arms of the Ferrers family. The sea-lions represent

the sea-lion, one of the supporters of the arms of the County Council. Its leonine part is red like that of the lion in the County arms and those of certain families connected with local history. Each has a cable round the neck from which hangs a Tau cross, resembling the letter T for Torbay and resembling in sound, when anglicized, the syllable ‘Tor’.”

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marine activities at Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and on the River Dart at Churston Ferrers, but particularly in Torbay proper. The ship bears the ancient St. George flags and streamers signifying associations with the Navy at various periods. Hanging from the masthead is a unique device representing the union of four marine authorities - a cross composed of the beams and stocks of four anchors, each limb resembling the letter T.

The sealion described in our Coat of Arms provides the inspiration for our town mascot: Ollie T, the Lion from the Sea.

Town Motto ‘SALUS ET FELICITS’: Health and Happiness. Granted May 19, 1986 to the Town of Torbay.


Town Directory P: 709 437 6532

Town Council Robert Codner Geoff Gallant Michael Byrne Peggy Roche Carol Ann Smith Ralph Tapper Brian Whitty

Mayor Deputy Mayor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor

College of the North Atlantic Website (2009)

Town staff Dawn Chaplin Ken Anthony Brian Winter Anne Picco Tina Auchinleck-Ryan Jeff Lawlor Roxane Waterman Lisa Niblock Sandra Parsons Jackie Brophy Contessa Small Jason Slade Mike McGrath

Chief Administrative Officer/Town Clerk Director of Programs and Services Development and Planning Officer Executive Clerk Supervisor of Recreation and Healthy Living Economic Development Officer Accounts Payable Clerk Accounts Receivable Clerk Assessment Clerk Clerk/ Receptionist Museum Curator Municipal Enforcement Officer Fire Chief

F: 709 437 1309 Street Address: 1288 Torbay Road Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1160 Torbay, NL A1K 1K4

Town staff (depot) Pat Hawco Donnie Hall Bobby Gosse Ed Brennan

reference list

Wayne Cole Scott Martin Leon Harris Bud Tapper

Dave Roche Boyd Coffin Stefan Swantee Glen Johnson

Found Locally: City of St. John’s (2009). Transportation: Distance Calculator. Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (2008-2009). Community Accounts Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Finance (2009). Projections for the Town of Torbay. Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Finance (2009). The Economy 2009. TheEconomy2009.pdf Holy Trinity Elementary School Website (2009) Jack Byrne Arena Website (2009)

Metal World Website (2006) Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency (2009). Road Distance Database: Community to Community Distance Finder.

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Memorial University of Newfoundland Website (2009)

NorthEast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board Website (2009). Rural Secretariat. Background Document; Poverty Profile of the Northeast Avalon region. October 2004. See the Sea Bed and Breakfast Website (2008) Town of Torbay Website (2009) Tract Consulting (2009) Town of Torbay Master Recreation Plan The Weather Network (2009). Statistics. Information contained within this document has been gathered from a variety of sources, all of which will be listed on a reference list at the end of the profile. The Town of Torbay assumes no responsibility for any actions or assumptions on the part of any individual pertaining to information reported in this Community Profile without prior consultation with the Torbay Economic Development Department and the original sources of information.


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