Press Release

Visit the Torbay History House and Museum at 2 Convent Land from August 26th-28th for a weekend of music, community, and craft! The Torbay Land & Sea Heritage Festival celebrates Newfoundland’s unique culture and history with events for all ages, ending with a catered picnic on Torbay Beach.


August 26th
Join the History House for a Kitchen Party on August 26th to celebrate the opening of the Mannion Collection at the Jacob Bradbury Archives & Genealogy Room and take in an Irish musical performance by Sean Sullivan, Jim Bradley, and Sheldon Thornhill.
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Torbay History House, 2 Convent Lane

August 27th
Lovers of history can visit the History House on August 27th for Living History Exhibits of traditional Newfoundland crafts, along with live music and a kids craft station. Visit the back deck in the evening for storytelling hosted by the Torbay Folk Arts Council.

  • Living History Exhibits, 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Music from 1:00-4:00pm
  • Book Signing with Dr. John Mannion from 2:00-3:30 pm
  • Storytelling from 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Torbay History House, 2 Convent Lane

August 28th
The Land & Sea Heritage Festival culminates in “A Taste of Land & Sea” community picnic at Torbay Beach on August 28th, with an assortment of sandwiches, salads, desserts, snacks, and refreshments.
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Torbay Beach

Events from August 26th-27th are completely free. Tickets for the picnic are available online on the Torbay Townsuite website. For more information about the events, please visit our Instagram (@torbayhistoryhouse) or our Facebook group, which you can find by searching for the Torbay History House and Museum.

Torbay History House and Museum

June 10, 2022
News Release

Councillor Trina Appleby re-elected on FCM Board

Councillor Trina Appleby attended the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual Conference virtually which was held in Regina, Saskatchewan. Themed Together for Recovery, the conference allowed thousands of municipal leaders from across the country to gear up for recovery and focus on building stronger, more inclusive and resilient communities—together. During the conference, Councillor Appleby was also elected on FCM’s Board of Directors.

“After two years of working tirelessly on the frontlines to support Canadians during the pandemic, there’s still much work to do to tackle our country’s greatest challenges, like the housing crisis and protecting our communities from climate extremes, said Councillor Appleby. Municipal leaders were loud and clear in Regina: we’re eager to continue working with our federal partners to take these issues head on, because when our orders of government work together, we move this country forward.”

In her role as FCM Board member, Councillor Appleby will help set policy priorities that reflect the concerns of municipal governments and affiliate members from coast to coast to coast.

“If we want to get this recovery moving, we need to be in touch with what is happening every day in our communities and make sure that local issues are brought to Ottawa,” said Councillor Appleby. “We know that our country’s recovery starts in our communities—where people live, work, and raise families—and as frontline governments, we understand the challenges people face in their daily lives. That makes us key to Canada’s recovery and we’re coming back home from this conference energized and eager to work with our federal and provincial partners to get the job done.”

Over four days, Councillor Appleby and more than 2,200 participants took part in Canada’s fullest gathering of municipal leaders since 2019, where they had the opportunity to connect with their federal counterparts through a series of keynote addresses and meetings featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Dominic LeBlanc, Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Communities Andrew Scheer, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Attendees also prepared for the coming recovery through a trade show and numerous workshops focused on crucial municipal issues like housing affordability and rural growth—among others.

Delegates also passed resolutions calling for national action on four issues reflecting their local community needs: modernizing the Canada Community Building Fund; addressing period poverty in Canada; implementing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee relating to missing children and unmarked graves; and streamlining support for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

FCM News Release

May 24, 2022
Media Advisory

Atlantic Mayors Congress Meets in Torbay

Mayors from the four Atlantic Provinces meet in Torbay beginning Thursday evening, May 26th. Torbay Mayor Craig Scott will be hosting this semi annual gathering of Atlantic Mayors. This will be the 42nd meeting since the organization began in 2001. The Congress examines issues and emerging best practices. The Congress frequently finds consensus on issues that results in a united voice and collective initiative.

This week's meeting will feature the most current information on such topics as pandemic protocols, the current housing crisis, responding to the needs of Ukrainians displaced by the war, solar energy, initiatives through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, public private partnerships for community facilities and a report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities featuring Canada-wide municipal issues. At the opening reception Thursday, May 26th, the Honourable Krista-Lynn Howell, Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs, will bring greetings on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

An agenda is included with this briefing note to invite and guide access by all media outlets. Please alert us when you will join us for a presentation. For interviews, please contact us prior to arriving at the meeting site.


Matt Kerrigan
Atlantic Mayors Congress
902-789-8581 (phone or sms)


Mia Penney
Communications Coordinator, Town of Torbay
709-770-6098 (phone or sms)


TORBAY, JUNE 24, 2021 - The towns of Torbay and Flatrock in partnership with the Torbay Volunteer Fire Department are pleased to announce the winners of the Chief McGrath Award which will be presented annually to Grade 4, 8, and 12 students who are residents of the Towns of Torbay and/or Flatrock.

The Torbay Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1974 and is operated by dedicated volunteers who give freely their time and energy to serving the Communities of Torbay and Flatrock. One of the founding members and our current Fire Chief, Mike McGrath, continues to serve with the Department, offering leadership, support and dedication to the position since its inception.

The Chief McGrath Awards were created to honor and create a spotlight on youth in both communities who are involved in various community groups and activities, devote time to volunteer initiatives and go above and beyond, showcasing those leadership qualities that Chief McGrath has showcased and provided to the exceptional Fire Department team over the years.

A small Covid friendly award ceremony celebrating the many contributions and achievements of the youth within our communities took place Wednesday evening June 23, 2021 held at Torbay Common. Attended by family of the recipients and representatives from both Torbay and Flatrock, Mayor Scott of Torbay, Councilor Michelle Martin of Flatrock, MHA Joedy Wall and MP Jack Harris. Special guest Chief McGrath awarded the recipients with their plaques and awards.

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Chief McGrath Award. Eryn LeGrow received the Grade 4 Chief McGrath award for Community Leadership. Charla Woodford from Juniper Ridge Intermediate received the grade 8 Chief McGrath award for Community Leadership, and Ethan Decker a graduating PE member with Allied Youth NL received the grade 12 Chief McGrath award for Community Youth Leadership.


For more information, contact:
Mia Penney, Communications Coordinator, Town of Torbay
Phone: 709-437-6532
Cell: 709-770-6098

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