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New Website - September 25th, 2014

The Town of Dover is pleased to present you with our New WEB SITE! ...MORE

Dover Mural Program - September 25th, 2014

Check out our Panel/Mural program under tourism. MORE

About Dover

Dover is located 70 km east of Gander, turn off at Gambo intersection; it is located in a small cove at the head of freshwater bay, Bonavista Bay, northeast of Gambo. An incorporated fishing and lumbering community, Dover's former name was Shoal Bay (probably derived from the numerous shoals common in the harbours and cove of the north shore of Bonavista Bay). From the 1950's to 1970 Shoal Bay was referred to as "Wellington" although it was locally referred to as Dover.   Local tradition maintiains that it was intially changed to "Wellington" to avoid confusion with other Newfoundland communities called "Shoal Bay." An unpublished paper on the history of the community states that the name of "Dover" was added to avoid ...(more)