About Dover

Dover is an Incorporated town with a population of 675 residents. It is located 70 km east of Gander, about 26 km from the Gambo intersection, in a small cove at the head of Freshwater Bay, Bonavista Bay.


The town was first called Shoal Bay, but the name was later changed to Wellington, then Dover.


The original settlers worked in the logging and fishing industries. Today many residents commute to work in Gander or at Long Harbour, Bull Arm, Muskrat Falls and other industrial construction sites throughout the province and the rest of Canada.


There are several local business including a fish plant, a construction company, a funeral home, a chemical plant, a general store and a lounge. One family maintains the fishing tradition, fishing several species including lobster and cod.


Dover has a school for students from K-9, a post office, three churches, two playgrounds, a recreational hall, an outdoor multipurpose recreational facility, a softball field and a boat launch.


The town is known for the Dover Fault: a geological feature that extends from Dover to Hermitage  Bay on the south coast. A lookout on a hill behind the town hall provides the perfect vantage point for viewing the area. Interpretive panels explain the importance the fault plays in our understanding of the geological history of the province.


The Town of Dover has three external commities: Recreation, Dover Fault and Tidy Towns. The volunteers on these communties work hard to improve the community and provide activities for the residents. The result of their work can be seen throughout the town in the lookout, the playgrounds and the mural program.


Dover is a great place to live and work. We are  proud of our community and are happy to welcome visitors from around the world.

The Municipal Crest

The Municipal Crest--highlighting the Dover Fault--is the centrepiece of the Dover flag. The flag itself pays tribute to the hard working people of Dover who created the town and maintain a high set of standards for the community. The green represents the forest, the blue represents the fishery and the five peaks represent education, religion, heritage, family and freedom.