St. John Island lies offshore between Eddies Cove West and Barr'd Harbour. Old stories say that pirates buried treasure on this island. In the nineteenth century, the French used St. John Island during their summer fishing voyages to this part of the world. Historians believe the French used Barr'd Harbour as a storage place during the winter months.
A road leads off the highway to Castors River and Bartletts Harbour. Castor is the French word for beaver. Farther along Route 430, there is a road to Reefs Harbour, Shoal Cove and New Ferolle. Route 432 leads to Main Brook, Croque, Grandois and St. Julien's. A cemetery at Croque dates back to the 1700s.
Route 433 leads to Roddickton. Roddickton is at the end of a long, sheltered inlet of the sea. The road goes on to Englee. There is a side road to Bide Arm. Route 434 leads from Roddickton to the community of Conche. There are limestone barrens, caves and quarries here.
Bell Island and Groais Island are known as the Grey Islands. These islands are in White Bay. They are east of the communities of Englee and Conche. The French explorer Jacques Cartier stopped at Bell Island and Groais Island in 1534. These two islands were probably used as fishing bases for French ships.
During the 1800s, fishermen from other areas of Newfoundland used the islands. Some of these people lived on the islands all year. In 1884, a Roman Catholic church and school were built on Groais Island. No one lives on the Grey Islands now.
From Route 430, you can turn off to Plum Point, Brig Bay and Bird Cove. Plum Point was known to the Basques as Old Ferolle. It was an important fishing port for Basque fishermen and whalers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The community of St. Barbe is near the highway. You can board the ferry at St. Barbe and travel across the Strait of Belle Isle to Quebec and Labrador.
Route 430 runs tight to the town of Anchor Point. This is the oldest English settlement on the French Shore. The next communities along the highway are Deadmans Cove and Flower's Cove.
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