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Sunday Drive to Port de Grave

Port de Grave is located on the eastern side of Conception Bay and is accessible via Route 72 through Bay Roberts.

The Port de Grave peninsula contains the communities of Bareneed, Black Duck Pond, Otterbury, Ship Cove, Blow Me Down, Hibb's Cove, Pick Eyes, and Hussey's Cove. Together there is a population of around 975.

The area has a history dating back to the 16th century when the French used the beaches to dry their catch.

The village was destroyed several times in the 1600 and 1700s during various English and French conflicts.

Port de Grave remains a large fishing community today.

Port de Grave is perhaps best known for the annual Christmas Boat Lighting. Every year over 50 boats are lit with thousands of Christmas lights from early December to January 6.

The event draws thousands of visitors every year.

Sunday Drive is a weekly feature that focuses on small to medium communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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