Welcome To Portugal Cove-St. Philips

Portugal Cove-St. Philips is a beautiful town located on the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. With a population of approximately 9,231 people as of 2021, Portugal Cove-St. Philips is a growing community with a rich history and a variety of attractions. Portugal Cove-St. Philips was founded in the late 1600s and was originally settled as a fishing village. 


The town’s boundaries extend from Middle Cove Beach to Outer Cove Beach and include a variety of parks, trails, and natural landmarks. 

5 Reasons You'll LOVE it:

  1. Scenic location: Portugal Cove-St. Philips is located on the eastern coast of the Avalon Peninsula, offering stunning views of the ocean, rocky cliffs, and rolling hills. The area is also dotted with quaint fishing villages, making it a picturesque place to call home.

  2. Outdoor activities: With miles of coastline and rugged terrain, there are endless opportunities for outdoor adventures in Portugal Cove-St. Philips. From hiking and biking to fishing and boating, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

  3. Community spirit: The town has a strong sense of community, with plenty of events and festivals throughout the year that bring people together. This makes it easy to make new friends and feel a sense of belonging.

  4. Proximity to St. John’s: Portugal Cove-St. Philips is just a short drive from St. John’s, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. This means that residents have access to all the amenities and services of a major urban center, while still enjoying a more relaxed, small-town lifestyle.

  5. Affordable cost of living: Compared to other parts of Canada, the cost of living in Portugal Cove-St. Philips is relatively low. Housing prices are affordable, and everyday expenses such as groceries and transportation are also reasonably priced.

5 Reasons You'll hate it:

  1. Harsh weather: Newfoundland and Labrador is known for its harsh weather conditions, including strong winds, heavy snowfall, and sub-zero temperatures in the winter. This can make outdoor activities challenging and limit the amount of time residents spend outside.

  2. Limited job opportunities: Portugal Cove-St. Philips is a small town, which means that job opportunities may be limited. Residents may need to commute to St. John’s or other nearby cities for work, which can be a hassle.

  3. Remote location: While the town is just a short drive from St. John’s, it is still relatively remote and isolated.

  4. Limited nightlife: Portugal Cove-St. Philips is a quiet town, and there are not many options for nightlife or entertainment. This can be frustrating for younger residents or those who enjoy a more vibrant social scene.

  5. Seasonal tourism: While the influx of tourists during the summer months can be beneficial for local businesses, it can also be a source of frustration for residents who have to deal with increased traffic and crowds.

Places of Interest

Portugal Cove-St. Philips has a variety of playgrounds and recreation facilities for children and adults. Rainbow Gully Park is a family recreational park located on Rainbow Gully Road and contains a turf soccer field, softball field, children’s playground, skateboard park, basketball court, trails, and more. Voisey’s Brook Park is a recreational park located on Indian Meal Line and contains a small and large soccer field, a small breed and a large breed dog park, a softball field, a children’s playground, a skateboard park, walking trails, a basketball court, and more. And the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Recreation Centre is a multipurpose building consisting of a large open room and a licensed canteen.

Smiling child at the bottom of a playground slide
Fish and Chips on a plate with lemon

Food and Lifestyle

Portugal Cove-St. Philips has a variety of restaurants and cafes that cater to different tastes and budgets. By the Beach Cafe is a cozy spot that serves delicious coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. Landings Seafood House, located next to the Bell Island Ferry Terminal, is a seafood restaurant that specializes in fresh, locally caught seafood. And The Gounds Cafe is a restaurant that serves homemade soups, sandwiches, and desserts and is located at Murrary’s Garden Centre.


Portugal Cove-St. Philips has several schools that provide high-quality education to its students. Some of the schools in the town include Beachy Cove Elementary School, Holy Family Elementary School, and St. Peters Junior High School. Beachy Cove Elementary School and Holy Family Elementary School are part of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and offer a range of academic programs and extracurricular activities.

To find out what public school you are zoned for, you can enter in your address and your grade level into the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District linked here:  WHICH SCHOOL DO I ATTEND?

Children lined up with their teacher in front of a yellow school bus

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