Dildo, Newfoundland and Labrador
Dildo is a town on the southeastern Dildo Arm of Trinity Bay on the island of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is about 100 kilometres west-northwest of St. John's. South Dildo is a neighbouring unincorporated community.
Dildo has a long history, going as far back as 2000 BC when Maritime Archaic aboriginal people resided at Anderson's Cove. By 700 AD Dorset had inhabited Dildo Island. In 1613, Henry Crout met the Beothuks, who were living on Dildo Island at this time. He traded with them and left gifts. In 1711 the inhabitants of Trinity Bay were ordered by Governor Crow to leave their homes during the winter, to defend themselves against the French who burned their houses. Dildo Island was one of the places designated for this purpose. The town of Dildo was created in the late 1700s and settled to use the marine resources such as fish (mostly cod), whales and seals.
History of All Saints' Anglican Church [change]
The first church was built in 1878 by the people of Dildo. It was a simple structure that had no tower and was 30 feet (9.1 m) wide by 80 feet (24 m) long. It had a seating capacity of 250 people, and was heated by two coal stoves at either end which shared a common chimney. This Church served the community until 1964 when the present (larger) building was constructed.
Dildo has a fast-growing tourist industry. Dildo offers picturesque scenery, several bed and breakfasts, eating establishments, the Dildo Museum interpretive centre, the Historic Dildo Days celebration in August, boat tours, the Society of United Fishermen, the Lions centre, several heritage structures, walking trails, many businesses and, of course, the road sign souvenirs.
Dildo has been in numerous media outlets such as beening featured on CBC's On the Road Again and Land and Sea as well as a live radio broadcast from the interpretation centre. In August 2006, Dildo was also the subject of the "What the...?" segment on the Australian television talk show Rove Live. The town is also mentioned in the song "A Night in Dildo" by The Arrogant Worms.
South Dildo [change]
South Dildo is an unincorporated community with a 1991 population of 272. At the beginning of the 20th century, South Dildo (pop. 205 - July 2008) was primarily involved in lumbering and supplied a schooner to the Labrador fishery. South Dildo had the roadside attraction of a wooden life-size humpback whale head, however after many years it was destroyed at the beginning of the 2006-2007 winter.