For much of its history, Arnold’s Cove was a small fishing community in Placentia Bay but in the 1960s it became one of the primary “growth centres” under the resettlement program. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, its population doubled as 139 families – a total of 620 people – moved there from Tack’s Beach, Woody Island, Port Ann, Harbour Buffett, Kingwell, Spencer’s Cove and other communities from Placentia Bay islands. Many people floated their houses to Arnold’s Cove and installed them in neat rows on newly developed, suburban-style streets. These structures were modernized by their owners and, combined with the many new houses and commercial and institutional buildings, now give Arnold’s Cove a very different appearance from most Newfoundland fishing towns. With a new fish plant constructed by National Sea Products in 1978, an oil refinery at nearby Come-by-Chance and a phosphorous plant Long Harbour, Arnold’s Cove developed into a prosperous town with full employment for its new residents.
Arnold’s Cove will be hosting “Stories of Resettlement” in 2016, commemorating over 50 years since resettlement. However, the Town is again looking to the future and taking its place in a very significant event in our Province’s rich history. Because of our role as a Receiving Station for much of Placentia Bay, our narrative echoes that of other regions of the province. Our central location, being a short distance from the TCH, and abundance of natural assets positions the Town very well to become an experiential tourism destination focused around the Resettlement theme. We want to archive and preserve the stories for many generations to come.