Placentia possesses a lush historical and cultural tapestry stretching back to the early 16th century. Back then explorers, fishermen and settlers discovered a place rich in opportunity and ideally situated to make the most of it.
Everywhere you turn, that rich heritage surrounds you: old fortifications, archaeological digs, museums, and national historic sites are all located within a leisurely distance from one another, dotted amongst forested hills and rolling coastal inlets.
Look around - there is an abundance of things to see and do.
Explore Castle Hill, the most prominent of a group of centuries old English and French fortifications that call Placentia home. With its famously commanding view of Placentia and surrounding coastline, Castle Hill offers a unique national historic site experience. You just might meet residents from 1696, or even the Governor himself, as well as merchant soldiers and fisherpersons of the period, as you tour this memorable vista.
Uncover that rich mix of French, English and Irish history that shaped our wildly colourful and tumultuous past. As the Old World battled amongst themselves to gain the advantage in the New World, strategically important areas like Placentia were essential possessions in the battle for supremacy. Tour our archaeology lab at nearby Fort Louis and the British New Fort and discover artifacts from French and English families dating back to the 1600’s!
Stroll down our beautiful Town square and drop into the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, one of Placentia’s key architectural landmarks and a lasting testament to the scores of Irish immigrants and labourers that shaped the very face of Placentia. Next door sits Our Lady of the Angels Convent, a snapshot of a bygone era. Across the square you will find the Placentia Bay Cultural Arts centre, one of the lasting legacies of Placentia 350, a celebration in 2012 of the Town’s rich French historical roots. And don’t forget to drop by the old courthouse, one of the oldest operating courtrooms in the country.
Placentia is also an easy driving distance from some other Newfoundland and Labrador’s historical treasures. Be sure to stop by picturesque Ship Harbour and view the Atlantic Charter Site and Monument, commemorating the famous meeting in 1941 between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt that changed the course of the Second World War.
Plan your visit to Placentia and discover the wonder for yourself. Our welcome mat is always ready.