The Town of Deer Lake has become a base for providing both residents and visitors to the western region of the province with many of the services needed in a modern society. The Town of Deer Lake is strategically located at the intersection of two major highways, the Trans Canada Highway (Route 1) and the Viking Trail (Route 430), at the eastern edge of the community.
The Deer Lake Regional Airport is located on the eastern edge of Deer Lake and accessible via the Trans Canada Highway. The Deer Lake airport is the 4th busiest airport in Atlantic Canada. Both passenger and aircraft statistics have continued to grow, which has led to the airport expanding its runway to 8005 feet in 2010. Visit deerlakeairport.com for further information.
To the north of the community is Gros Morne National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts over 180,000 visitors annually. The entrance to the park sits just a 25 minute drive from the Town.
Visit grosmorne.com for further information.
The Deer Lake and Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting and fostering a healthy business environment in the Town of Deer Lake. The Chamber of Commerce works in co-operation with local businesses to ensure success. To visit the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce website, click here.
According to the 2016 Census of Canada, Deer Lake has a population of 5,250 people, a 5% increase in population since the 2011 Census of Canada. The Town of Deer Lake is one of the few communities in western Newfoundland that enjoyed population growth from the last Census.
|Within 20 KM||Approx. 6,200|
|Within 50 KM||Approx. 30,000|
|WIthin 100 KM||Approx. 40,000|
|Within 350 KM||Approx. 130,000|
|Within 450 KM||Approx. 204,000|
*204,000 individuals represents 41.8 percent of the island portion of the province’s population and 90 percent of the island portion of the province’s population excluding the Avalon Peninsula.
Deer Lake is located in Economic Zone 8. Zone 8 covers the western portion of the province and is at the base of the Northern Peninsula. There are 26 communities in the zone with a population of approximately 40,000 that covers the following areas:
- White Bay South
- Humber Valley
- Corner Brook
- Bay of Islands North Shore
- Bay of Islands South Shore
Deer Lake is home to many occupational sectors which have been highlighted in the following table:
|Occupations||# of Residents|
|Business, Finance and Administrations Occupations||265|
|Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations||55|
|Occupations in Social Science, Education,|
Government Services and Religions
|Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport||10|
|Sales and Service Occupations||830|
|Trades, Transportation and Equipment Operators|
and Related Occupations
|Occupations Unique to Primary Industry||125|
|Occupations Unique to Processing,|
Housing Starts 2006 – 2012
The Town of Deer Lake has seen an average of 33 housing starts since 2006.
|Year||# of Housing Starts|
The national average is 31.5 housing starts for every 5,000 residents (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada).
Economic Development Officer/Town Planner
Town of Deer Lake
34 Reid’s Lane, A8A 2A2
Phone: (709) 635-2451 or (709) 635-0165
Fax: (709) 635-5857