About Brigus

History

Reminiscent of an old English village, Brigus is one of the earliest settlements on the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. The early 1600’s saw the arrival of families predominantly from England, Ireland, and Whales. The town of Brigus went on to become one of the largest fishing and sealing ports in Newfoundland.


Today, Brigus is a picturesque, historic reminder of our vibrant past. The winding streets, old-world architecture, and magnificent views are all sure to amaze, inspire, and rejuvenate. 

 

Our premise was built in 1914, and in the early 1930’s the late J.W. Hiscock purchased the building as the centre of his Labrador fish business. The Country Corner as we know it today, opened for business in 1993 and we have been proudly serving up NL favourites ever since.   

Getting Here

  You may be from NL if you measure distance in time instead of kilometers! 

So just how far is Brigus from the capital city of St. John's? About a 1 hour drive!


Whether you love the open road of the highway, the winding streets of coastal communities, or the wind in your sails, there's a route to Brigus to suit one and all.


Once you're on Route 60 you'll find Brigus nestled between the town's of Cupids and Georgetown. You can turn down either Irishtown Road or Station Road; both roads connect to Water Street. You’ll find The Country Corner at 14 Water Street. Our “dory yellow” building with red doors is directly across from Wilcox’s Gardens. 

Your Experience

Welcome to Brigus, we're so happy to have you! Hop out, stretch, and breath in that salty ocean air. By now you’re surely “ready to eat the arse off a low flying duck”, so head on in and take a seat. One of our team will be right over to say hello and take your order.


You’ve just finished a bowl of our world-famous Cod Chowder and a fresh home-made bun. Now it’s time for a Blueberry Crisp and a glass of wine as the owner, Ben, cranks out some Irish, Newfoundland tunes. Don’t be afraid to sing along or to make a special request.


I think it’s safe to say that we’ve won you over by now. You grab a gift for mom, and head out for a stroll through our narrow streets. You capture some pics of our rugged coastline as the sun sets over the North Atlantic Ocean. You were planning on heading back out this evening, but now you just can’t, you’ve falling in love with this place.   

It's time to go back in time!

Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site

Built in 1830, this charming cottage was the home of Arctic Explorer Captain Bob Bartlett. Many artifacts commemorate the family and Bartlett's achievements as the greatest ice navigator of the century. The cottage itself has a rich and diverse history and is recognized for its architecture as a prime example of 19th century merchant housing.


Visitors to Hawthorne Cottage can visit the Arctic Room and view memorabilia from Captain Bartlet's famed voyages. Both the historical significance of Bartlett's work and the architecture of Hawthorne Cottage have been recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.    


Live on the Lawn - Parks Canada, in partnership with The Baccalieu Players, presents "25 Hands to Greenland" and "Emma Remembers". These 25-minute plays will take you back in time to the life of Captain Bob Bartlett, his family, and his famed seagoing explorations.  


www.historicsites.ca/hawthorne-cottage   

Landfall Cottage

Landfall Cottage, also called Kent's Cottage, or Freshwater, was constructed in the late 1700s and named after a gun placement site during King George's War (1740-1748). 


The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador declared Landfall a Heritage Structure in June 1988. Today, the property is used by the Landfall Trusts' artists-in-residence and writers-in-residence programs. For more information, please visit www.landfalltrust.org  

 Photo courtesy of: By Magicpiano - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28173593   

The Stone Barn Museum & Pinkston Forge

 

A unique showplace of Brigus history with artifacts, models, and audio visuals covering a period of almost 200 years. The museum boasts a showcase of local architecture and history, as well as extensive genealogy records.


Originally constructed in the 1820s by Charles Cozens as one of three stone buildings for his fishing operations, it was converted into a barn in the late 1800s. 


In 1889 Pinkston's Forge was erected. Originally used by a blacksmith to craft items such as horseshoes and tools. Today, Pinkston Forge has been restored and is now an operating forge helmed by an artisan blacksmith.


For more information, visit www.brigusheritage.ca  Contact: 709-527-3011 (summer), bhcsbrigus@gmail.com (off-season)    

Brigus Lighthouse

The historic Brigus Lighthouse is one of the last remnants of the prosperous fishing and sealing industries that dominated Brigus for nearly three centuries. There is a popular hike which starts from Battery Road. Head for the water and keep to your left. Don't forget your camera, you'll want to capture this one for sure!  

Photo courtesy of David Connolly, a famed NL artist who captures the beauty of Brigus in many of his works.


Please visit http://www.davidconnolly.ca

St. George's Heritage Church

St. George's Church is a Provincial Registered Heritage Structure. This wooden church was constructed in the Gothic Revival style in 1876 under the supervision of George C. Jerrett and all the original woodwork has been retained. It is a landmark in Brigus, both from the land and the sea.  

 In March of 2016, St. George's was presented The Manning Award for Excellence in the Public Presentation of Historic Places for outstanding leadership in preserving the church as a cultural venue for public enjoyment.

The church is wheelchair accessible and is open to the public June to September. Mon-Sat, 10 - 5, and Sun 12 - 5. Admission is free, but donations are graciously accepted. For more information please visit the website www.stgeorgesbrigus.ca   

North Brook Cottage Antiques and Collectibles

Located at 17 Water Street in Brigus, this charming antique and collectibles store is only seconds from The Country Corner. 


With nothing but 5-star reviews, this vintage shop has a knowledgeable staff and an inviting, warm atmosphere.  You'll find one-a-kind pieces that are sure to be the center of conversation in any home! 


https://www.facebook.com/Northbrookcottage/ 

Upcoming Events

Brigus Blueberry Festival

Some Good Market

Sunday's at Academy Hall from 10 to 4 (May - Oct)


https://www.facebook.com/SomeGoodMarket

Rug Hooking (display and demo)

August 12 and 13th, 12 to 4

St. George's Historic Church