At the end Route 408 is beautiful Burgeo. One of the largest towns on the coast, it can also be reached by coastal boat from Rose Blanche on Route 407. Burgeo is built on an island and connected to the province by a short causeway. The sheltered harbour contributed to a fishing industry so prosperous that in the 1940s a fish-processing facility was built and the population grew. It wasn’t until the cod moratorium of 1992 that Burgeo, like so many rural towns, began to experience substantial out-migration. Families, young men, and young women left to find work.
Years later, the fishery remains a part of life in Burgeo. On sunny summer days the boats moored in the harbour rock gently, their images perfectly mirrored in the sea. Amble along a wharf, chat with a local fisherman, or take in the Sand and Sea Festival held annually at Sandbanks Provincial Park. The park boasts seven kilometres of sandy beaches to rival any in Florida. Outside the park, hike to the top of Maiden Tea Hill to experience a unique view of the town. Step back in time at the Burgeo Museum. Visit the war memorial, Seaman’s Monument, or any of the local cemeteries to trace the town’s colourful past.
From Burgeo, sail via coastal boat west to Grand Bruit, La Poile and Rose Blanche; east to Ramea, Grey River, Francois, Macallum and Gaultois.