"Torbay was originally called Thorn Bay" Torbay by crummey

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Thorn Bay

Its commonly-held that Torday Newfoundland is named for Torbay Devon. However, Torbay was origionally called Thorn Bay.

The place is a good spot foe icegerg watching.

If you want to go for a scenic walk, there is a cart path leading from Torbay to Gallows Cove.

Torbay faces out onto the wild Atlantic Ocean.

Torbay Bight faces the icy North Atlantic.

The inlet has long-served as a residence of West Country fisherman and a refuge of English pirates.

Its most famous pirate was John Nutt who used it as a hideout from 1620-1623.

The place has a rich folklore. If you ask around I'm sure you'' hear lots of stories about ghosts, sprites, pirates and pixies.

D'Iberville burned Torbay in the winter of 1696-7

In 1696, the Quebec folkhero Pierre le Moine D'Iberville, invaded Newfoundland intent on expelling its residents.

Chevalier D'Iberville pillaged the northeast coast and sent an Abenaque was party to burn Torbay.

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  • Pros:A beautiful fishing community close to St. John's
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful, green grass contrasts nicely with the blue sea..
  • Intro Updated Feb 14, 2010
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