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Ramea
—  Town  —
Ramea is located in Newfoundland
Ramea
Location of Ramea in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 47°31′10.29″N 57°24′04.28″W / 47.519525°N 57.4011889°W / 47.519525; -57.4011889
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Census division 3
Settled c. 1805
Incorporated (town) March 20, 1951
Government
 - Mayor Lloyd Rossiter
 - MHA Kelvin Parsons (Burgeo and La Poile)
 - MP Judy Foote (Random—Burin—St. George's)
Area
 - Total 1.89 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 618
 - Density 326.3/km2 (845.1/sq mi)
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 - Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Postal Code A0N 2J0
Area code(s) 709
Highways Highway 480
Ferry

Ramea, Newfoundland and Labrador (NST) is a small town located on Northwest Island, one of a group of five major islands located off the south coast of the island of Newfoundland, Canada. The Island is approximately 3.1 km long by 1 km wide. The remaining islands in the archipelago are Great (or Big) Island, Middle Island, Harbour Island, South West Island, and The Great Columbier.[2]

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History

The community, originally settled in the early 1800s for its proximity to rich fishing grounds and safe anchorages, was once a thriving fishing village. The town of Ramea was incorporated in 1951.[3] Since the cod moratorium of 1992, the isolated community has struggled to survive, having declined to about 50% of its peak population of 1,120 in the 1970s.

Wind Energy

In 2004 Ramea was chosen for the site of

Canada's first wind-diesel demonstration project was completed with the support of CETC-Ottawa. Six 65 kW wind turbines were installed on the island of Ramea , Newfoundland . The objective of the project was to demonstrate that the Wind-Diesel Integrated Control System (WDICS) can be used to displace diesel power generation by introducing wind to the island's grid and to show significant energy efficiency and reliability for northern, remote or isolated locations.

CANMET Energy Technology Centre-Ottawa (CETC-Ottawa)

The Wind-Diesel pilot program generates around 1 million kWh electricity / yr and removes approximately 750 tonnes of emissions annually.

Ramea has recently been selected as the pilot site[4] for a Wind-Hydrogen power system. The project is being undertaken by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Memorial University, University of New Brunswick and Frontier Power Systems.

Culture

Demographics
  Population in 2001     754  
  Population change from 1996     -30.2%  
  Median age     42.1  
  Number of families     255  
  Number of married couples     185  
  Total number of dwellings     290  
  Catholic     0.1%  
  Protestant     98.7%  
  Land Area (sq. km.)     1.89  

Statistics Canada detail demographics follow link here


2009 is Ramea Come Home Year

Flora and Fauna

Ramea is home to a large number of plants including the purple pitcher plant, bakeapple, ... Also the island and surrounding islands serve as a fall and winter home to many migratory seabirds.

Activities

There are a number of walks on the island, including a circular walk around the back of the island that passes by Northwest Head lighthouse, one of the few remaining manned lighthouses in Canada. The walk also includes the Wind-Diesel plant.

Ramea Trail.JPG

Walking to the island's highest point on top of Man O'War Hill offers excellent views of archipelago and across to White Bear Bay.

Ramea Newfoundland 2005.jpg

Every year the islands plays host to a traditional music festival on the second weekend of August.

Kayak trips around archipelago are available as well as trips to neighbouring White Bear Bay.

There is a small softball field near the school, in which many of the town's youth enjoy themselves at the sport in their spare time. The school's own team, the St. Boniface Bobcats, were the winners of the boy's AAA softball regionals for southwest Newfoundland in fall of 2007.

Many people living in the community enjoy hunting different species of seabirds, such as Eider Ducks and Murres (Turres).

Neighbouring communities

West - Burgeo East - Grey River

References

See also

External links

Coordinates: 47°31′N 57°23′W / 47.517°N 57.383°W / 47.517; -57.383

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Ramea
—  Town  —

Ramea
Location of Ramea in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 47°31′10.29″N 57°24′04.28″W / 47.519525°N 57.4011889°W / 47.519525; -57.4011889
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Census division 3
Settled c. 1805
Incorporated (town) March 20, 1951
Government
 - Mayor Lloyd Rossiter
 - MHA Kelvin Parsons (Burgeo and La Poile)
 - MP Judy Foote (Random—Burin—St. George's)
Area
 - Total 1.89 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 618
 Density 326.3/km2 (845.1/sq mi)
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 - Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Postal Code A0N 2J0
Area code(s) 709
Highways Highway 480
Ferry

Ramea, Newfoundland and Labrador (NST) is a small town located on Northwest Island, one of a group of five major islands located off the south coast of the island of Newfoundland, Canada. The Island is approximately 3.1 km long by 1 km wide. The remaining islands in the archipelago are Great (or Big) Island, Middle Island, Harbour Island, South West Island, and The Great Columbier.[2]

Contents

History

The community, originally settled in the early 1800s for its proximity to rich fishing grounds and safe anchorages, was once a thriving fishing village. The town of Ramea was incorporated in 1951.[3] Since the cod moratorium of 1992, the isolated community has struggled to survive, having declined to about 50% of its peak population of 1,120 in the 1970s.

Culture

Demographics
  Population in 2001     754  
  Population change from 1996     -30.2%  
  Median age     42.1  
  Number of families     255  
  Number of married couples     185  
  Total number of dwellings     290  
  Catholic     0.1%  
  Protestant     98.7%  
  Land Area (km2.)     1.89  

Statistics Canada detail demographics follow link here

2009 is Ramea Come Home Year

Flora and fauna

Ramea is home to a large number of plants including the purple pitcher plant, bakeapple, ... Also the island and surrounding islands serve as a fall and winter home to many migratory seabirds.

Activities

There are a number of walks on the island, including a circular walk around the back of the island that passes by Northwest Head lighthouse, one of the few remaining manned lighthouses in Canada. The walk also includes the wind-diesel plant.

Walking to the island's highest point on top of Man O'War Hill offers excellent views of archipelago and across to White Bear Bay.


Every year the islands plays host to a traditional music festival on the second weekend of August.

Kayak trips around archipelago are available as well as trips to neighbouring White Bear Bay.

There is a small softball field near the school, in which many of the town's youth enjoy themselves at the sport in their spare time. The school's own team, the St. Boniface Bobcats, were the winners of the boy's AAA softball regionals for southwest Newfoundland in fall of 2007.

Many people living in the community enjoy hunting different species of seabirds, such as Eider Ducks and Murres (Turres).

Wind energy

In 2004 Ramea was chosen for the site of
Canada's first wind-diesel demonstration project was completed with the support of CETC-Ottawa. Six 65 kW wind turbines were installed on the island of Ramea , Newfoundland . The objective of the project was to demonstrate that the Wind-Diesel Integrated Control System (WDICS) can be used to displace diesel power generation by introducing wind to the island's grid and to show significant energy efficiency and reliability for northern, remote or isolated locations.

CANMET Energy Technology Centre-Ottawa (CETC-Ottawa)

The wind-diesel pilot program generates around 1 million kWh electricity / yr and offsets approximately 750 tonnes of emissions annually.

Ramea was selected as the pilot site[4] for a Wind-Hydrogen power system. The project is being undertaken by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Memorial University, University of New Brunswick and Frontier Power Systems.

The wind-hydrogen system is due for completion in April 2010[5]

Neighbouring communities

West - Burgeo East - Grey River

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 47°31′N 57°23′W / 47.517°N 57.383°W / 47.517; -57.383


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Ramea is a small island village in Southern Newfoundland, with a population of 618. In 2004, Ramea was chosen as a wind-diesel generation project.

Get in

Ramea is accessible via the Provincial Ferry Service, from either Burgeo or Grey River.

Get around

The Ferry from Burgeo to Ramea is capable of carrying vehicles, and there are roads in Ramea for cars. The relatively small size (1.89 km2) of the town, however, means that any destination is within walking distance.

  • Operational wind-diesel generation plant
  • Northwest Head Lighthouse, one of the last remaining manned lighthouses in Canada
  • Several hiking paths can be found, including one that takes hikers on a circuit around the island
  • Eastern Outdoors provides guided tours of the island, including kayak tours
  • Food and amenities can be purchased from general stores
  • Food and drinks, including beer, can be bought at Eastern Outdoors
  • Rooms are available at Eastern Outdoors
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