Trepassey is centrally located within the Irish Loop approximately 140 km from St. John’s via the Southern Shore highway on route 10. The name originated from the French word “trepasse” meaning the “souls of the dead” and had a very colourful multicultural past, involving French, English, Welsh, Irish and Portuguese. It is believed that the name derived from the many shipwrecks that occurred off its coast.
The Trepassey area is home to some of the world’s most historical landmarks – perhaps the most famous being Mistaken Point. Mistaken Point is world-reknown for its remarkably preserved fossils believed to originate from some of the first multi-celluar organisms on earth.
If you visit Mistaken Point, it is a must that you drive the extra few kilometers to Cape Race. In 1908 the first wireless station in Newfoundland was built at Cape Race and played a significant role in transmitting to the world the sinking of the Titanic. The last S.O.S. call made from the Titanic was trasmitted to Cape Race and from here news spread that the Titanic had gone down.
Not only is Trepassey home to these historical landmarks, but it also plays a role in aviation history. In 1928 Trepassey was noted as the last place that Amelia Earhart left before making her transatlantic flight across the Atlantic – becoming the first woman to do so.
Trepassey is known for its’ excellent rivers in the area-Northeast Brook, Northwest Brook and Biscay Bay River which offer good fishing during the summer months and attracts herds of caribou on the outskirts, close to the highway. This small outport town is known for its’ friendly hospitality and despite the declining population, people from all over the globe want to retire and settle here because of it’s peace and tranquility along with it’s warm welcome from it’s residents.
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