Conception Bay South was formed in 1973 through the amalgamation of nine communities (Topsail, Chamberlains, Manuels, Long Pond, Foxtrap, Kelligrews, Upper Gullies, Lawrence Pond and Seal Cove), all of which follow the coastline of Conception Bay.
The early residents, mainly English but some Irish, were attracted by good growing land, abundant supplies of firewood and the more temperate climate as compared to other parts of the Avalon Peninsula. Good communication with St. John’s was established by road in the 1830s and strengthened in the 1880s with the arrival of the railway. Residents of Conception Bay South grew crops and raised cattle for the St. John’s market and St. John’s residents established summer homes in Conception Bay South.
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This self-guided tour is a 1.3 km stroll through a quiet country neighbourhood in one of the oldest parts of Conception Bay South. The quaint area was home to many of the region’s first settlers and today boasts historic homes well over a century old. Please note, the homes and gardens on this tour are all privately owned and are not open to the general public. This walk begins on Church Terrace, located off Spruce Hill Road.
How to use the Virtual Topsail Heritage Homes and Gardens Walk:
Please note: each stop contains the wayfinding signage for both the previous and next stops on the tour. You can use these to travel along the tour, or you can use the Table of Contents on the right hand side to skip to a specific stop.
Thomas Ricketts, V.C. was an ordinary person thrust into extraordinary circumstances. As the youngest army soldier ever awarded the Victoria Cross, his enlistment in The Royal Newfoundland Regiment on September 2, 1916 at age 15 and his decision to fight overseas was life changing.
Following a path taken by hundreds of others, Ricketts’ own journey took an notable turn in October 1918 when he participated in a battle near the Belgian village of Drie-Masten, during the advance from Ledgehem. It was for his actions during this battle that he was recognized with the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.
The memorial park is located at 925 Conception Bay Highway.
*Provincially designated Heritage Structure.
Municipally Designated Heritage Person or Group
Municipally Designated Heritage Event
Many people have stories about family members and local places that often go untold. Digital storytelling helps interpret and make community history accessible. Listen to the stories of Conception Bay South residents by watching the videos below.