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An Introduction to Fortune

Fortune FORTUNE, a name that means "a place of good fortune", has for years been recognized as the "Gateway to St. Pierre et Miquelon, a result of its close proximity and its historical ties to the French Islands. Although its existence can be traced back to 1583, its recorded history dates from 1763. It is a town where past and present co-exist in harmony, and where the future has prehistoric links. The past is littered with many interesting characters, success stories and tragedies. The present is an optimistic struggle. The 540-million-year-old cliffs of Fortune Head will help carry the town into a bright future.


At first glance, the attractive town of Fortune appears to resemble many other Newfoundland outports. Beneath the surface, however, lie the unique features and qualities which form the basis of its present-day charm and character; the historic tales which composed the roots of strong, independent, loyal citizens. Its history is littered with many interesting characters, success stories, heroic deeds and tragedies.

Fortune Known as the Gateway to St. Pierre et Miquelon, it is the only Newfoundland port which provides a regularly scheduled ferry service to the French Islands. It is also one of only three ports of call for foreign vessels entering the province.

Fortune Head Ecological Reserve is recognized internationally as the site of the PreCambrian- Cambrian Geological boundary. It is one of just three such locations in the world and the only one in North America. This is a town where past and present co-exist in harmony and where the future has ancient links.

The history is a collection of captivating tales; the present a quiet determined optimism; the future a hopeful, yet realistic dream; and the prehistory is the fascinating foundation which will bring it all together where the past meets the future.

Credits for source of information and/or photographs appear on the pages with the material submitted. Anyone is welcome to submit items for this site, but use of such material is at the discretion of the webmaster. Thanks to all who have helped make this a success. Special thanks to Mack & Charlotte Piercey, Basil Collier - Town Clerk, Fortune Town Council, James Dobson and (William) Bill Butt for their support.


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