Dildo is a small community located between South Dildo and New Harbour. The community is located on Route 80 about 50 minutes from St. John's and 30 minutes from the communities of Bay Roberts and Carbonear.
For updated information about the town of Dildo and the surrounding area and tourism in general, see our blog: An Outport Called Dildo
How the town got its name is a source of interest to many people. The town's unusual name brings many visitors who have their pictures taken with the town sign. These visitors are pleasantly surprised to discover they have found a real treasure! Not only does Dildo have an unusual name, it is an unusual place. For thousands of years, people have visited and resided in the area because of its rich harvests from the land and the sea.
Dildo Island - A Place of Provincial Significance
Dildo Island, which represents more than 2,500 years of occupation by various cultures, was commemorated as a Place of Provincial Significance in 2010
In a letter written in 1613, Henry Crout, one of John Guy's colonists, he describes seeing the home and canoe of a Beothuk on Dildo Island. In 1995, when archaeologists from the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation were searching for remains of these camps, they found instead evidence of a group of people who were ancestors of the Beothuk, and inhabited the area as long as 1300 years ago. They also found evidence of Dorset and Grosswater Eskimo people who lived there as long as 2800 years ago.
These people migrated with the seasons and came to the region because of its rich environment to hunt for caribou, seals, whales, seabirds, fish, and berries.
Harrowsmith Magazine has named Dildo one of prettiest small towns in Canada .
Lloyd George House
Registered Heritage Structure
Dildo: A Growing Community
The community includes a Canada Select 5 star bed and breakfast – George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast. Next door is a Canada Select 4 ½ star country inn – Inn By The Bay.
Tourists enjoy the craft store, restaurants, the antique store, and the marina, as well as the hiking trail and nearby golf courses. Marine mammals, seabirds, and other wildlife have populated the area for centuries, and it is common to see whales and dolphins frolicking in the harbour, bald eagles swooping down for herring, and in the early part of the year you may chance a sighting of a seal or an iceberg.
Business and Services in Dildo include:
Dildo Dory Grill is a casual dining establishment situated right on the waterfront of the picturesque community of Dildo Newfoundland. Whether you are from just around the bay or you come from abroad, you can experience all the beauty and serenity of rural Newfoundland. A convenient five minute walk from George House Heritage Bed and Breakfast. www.dildodorygrill.com
Blue Whale Lounge & Eatery is located on Route 80 in South Dildo adjacent to the Dildo River and offers the best fried chicken on the Baccalieu Trail. Whether you eat in or get food to go you'll not leave hungry. Call 709-582-3123 or visit www.whalerswarf.com
Kountry Kravings n' Krafts is a craft store in the heart of Dildo located at 90 Front Road
Mom's Kitchen is a cafe located on Route 80 in Dildo with real home cooking as a specialty.