About Placentia

A storied past meets a bountiful future

Placentia - Who We Are

There are many unique threads that make up the fabric of Placentia.

We are the ancestors of explorers, fishermen and settlers who discovered a place rich in opportunity and ideally situated to make the most of it. We are French, we are English and we are even a little Portuguese. You see their legacy in fortifications like Castle Hill, a National Historic Site. You see their lives in archaeological digs and museums, dotted amongst our quaint streets, our forested hills and our rolling coastal inlets.

Meet their descendants as you stroll down our beautiful Town square and drop into the Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre, one of Placentia’s key cultural landmarks. Drop by the old courthouse, one of the oldest operating courtrooms in the country. Taste the local cuisine in one of our many eateries, restaurants and pubs. Enjoy a sunset walk on our famous boardwalk as the bounty of a full day passes with the tide.

Plan your visit to Placentia and discover the wonder for yourself. Our welcome mat is always ready.

Visiting Placentia

How to Get Here

Located along the south west coast of the Avalon Peninsula amongst forested hills and rolling coastline, Placentia is approximately 133 km from Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital city, St. John’s (roughly a 90 minute drive). The most direct route from the Trans Canada Highway (TCH). If you are travelling from the ferry terminal at Argentia, Placentia is mere minutes from your demarcation point, along Route 100.

A message from

Mayor Wayne D. Power

Mayor Wayne D. Power

Placentia has been welcoming explorers to our community for centuries. Our history and culture has been shaped by the many personalities and nationalities that have called Placentia home throughout our 350 years of existence. Their collective legacy has infused our community with a strong sense of pride in who we are.

Today, Placentia's residents enjoy all the quality services, facilities and community programs that make our town such a great place to live and do business. Our Town Council is committed to delivering an optimal mix of services to ensure a superior quality of life for all our citizens.

So if you are discovering Placentia for the first time, take some time and explore the many advantages our community has to offer. You will find that our town is truly your place to grow your family, your business and your future. 


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What’s Happening

Fall Bulk Waste Pick Up

Monday, September 29, 2014
Eastern Waste Management has scheduled the Fall Bulk Waste Pick Up starting on September 29, 2014.

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Fire Prevention Week

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - Saturday, October 11, 2014
Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives – Test Yours Every Month.

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Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Council Meeting - October 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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Town of Placentia
P.O. Box 99
Placentia, NL A0B 2Y0

townofplacentia@placentia.ca