Our 2 Astrolabes, dated from the early 1600's were discovered near Channel-Port aux Basques. They are both in mint condition and in working order. A very rare and valuable find for Newfoundland and all of Canada.

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Explore our connection with age-old astronomical instruments used by navigators. Two astrolabes are featured in Channel-Port aux Basques, dating from the 1600's.

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People & Culture

English & French Speaking

As Canada is considered a bilingual (English and French) country, approximately 95% of individuals living in Newfoundland and Labrador speak English as their primarily language. In this Province, French speaking individuals are mainly located in the Port-au-Port Peninsula regions, just North of Channel-Port aux Basques. The English spoke in Newfoundland and Labrador contains features that originate from the British Isles in southwestern England and southeastern Ireland.

Current Immigrants

Immigration is an important element of population growth in Canada. It is estimated that by the year 2030, 100 percent of Canada’s population growth will be attributed to immigration. According to the Atlantic Business Magazine, by 2026 the growth of the Canadian population will be dependent on the number of arriving immigrants.

In 2005, then Prime Minister Paul Martin stated ’Canada needs more immigrants, plain and simple, and we need them to succeed’. Too often, today’s new Canadians, despite higher levels of education on average, are not achieving economic success as quickly as in previous generations.

The 2006 Channel-Port aux Basques Census developed by Statistics Canada revealed 35 immigrants residing in the Channel-Port aux Basques area. This number consisted of individuals who had been granted the right to live in Canada by the immigration authorities. The majority of these people were born outside of Canada, however, a small number were born within.


In terms of Ethnic Diversity, Newfoundland and Labrador has been described as having a population of European origin. With an aboriginal population, Newfoundland and Labrador’s present inhabitants are descendants of individuals who migrated from southwestern England and southeastern Ireland in the mid-17th and mid 19th century.

Towards the end of the 19th century, a number of Chinese men came to Newfoundland and Labrador, despite discrimination. Several of these individuals opened businesses-primarily laundramats and later restaurants. The Chinese first landed in St. John’s and some decided to open businesses in some of the larger centers in the province such as Channel-Port aux Basques.
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We strongly recommend the Newfoundland & Labrador official Newcomers Guide as a highly valuable resource. This 94 page guide is maintained with useful information surrounding government, housing, transportation, travel, education, childcare, healthcare, legal system, employment and much more. This indispensible tool contains information about many essential facts which will greatly help your adaptation to our province & Channel-Port aux Basques.

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