Pouch Cove Heritage Society

The Pouch Cove Heritage Society is a non-profit community association founded in 2009 to assist residents of Pouch Cove identify and protect local heritage.


Since our inaugural meeting in the spring of 2009 the Heritage Society has completed many operational tasks as well as community events. We take great pride in the support our residents extend to us when we celebrate and share historic and community events. Some of our community activities to date include commemorations of the Waterwitch shipwreck and rescue, Pouch Cove Heritage Days, a tangible heritage night with storytelling, a kitchen party, a commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of The 1914 Sealing Disaster, many  interviews with our seniors, and our new book.


We are an active organization and are always looking for new members and volunteers. We are busy with many new activities on our radar including our veterans project. If you are looking for a place to volunteer your time and make a difference in the community, please join us.



We are proud to announce the completion of our Cod Liver Oil Heritage project. You can now discover and experience our Cod Liver Oil Heritage with our Smartphone app available through Google Play and the App Store.  With the app you can experience an audio-visual trip which will stimulate your imagination concerning the cod liver oil factories and production which took place in Pouch Cove, Biscayan Cove and Shoe Cove from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.


As members of the communities recall their memories you will learn about the location of the factories, the process of extracting the oil from the cod livers, the collection and use of the oil, as well as the importance of this supplementary income to local fishermen and their families. You will also hear about various incidents which our storytellers experienced as they reflect on this historical era in our community.

Click here to read about the app, view a video and read the history of cod liver oil production in the  Pouch Cove area.




On September 26, 27 & 28 the Pouch Cove Heritage Society celebrated our history again as part of Canada's Cultural Days. There was a night of film, a story telling session, an afternoon of music and a fun morning of children painting murals beside the town hall.

Click here to read about this and our other past events.



Thanks to contributions from dozens of people, we have a 186 page large format paperback book with more than twenty sections, telling about all aspects of the history of Pouch Cove, Shoe Cove and Biscayan Cove.  The book has wonderful stories from local residents and former residents along with 230 photographs.


We are very pleased and proud of the result.  The book is a labour of love, that will generate funds for future heritage projects. By purchasing a copy you are supporting the work we are doing as well as having your own record of the stories that have made Pouch Cove a place to be proud of.

Click here for more information on the book including ordering details.

Mission Statement:


To work in harmony with all citizens and service organizations to promote, protect, preserve and educate each other in all aspects of heritage; in the gathering or oral folklore and visual artifacts; the celebration and recognition of historic events; along with the identification and preservation of historical sites in our community.

Our Vision:


Protect and preserve historic value in our community in active partnership with other groups and individuals. This will be accomplished by educating and engaging people in identifying, understanding, protecting  and celebrating our history while working with agencies and groups that share our goals.


Membership is open to all local residents and anyone with ties to our town.  We are set up as a separate incorporated society, working independently from the Pouch Cove Town Council. We hope to advise Town Council on decisions that affect heritage.

WE NEED YOUR HELP - We are collecting photographs, finding people with stories to share and identifying places in our town that should be preserved as part of our local heritage.


Each time an older person passes, we know we are losing stories and memories that are part of the history of our town.