What to KNOW
Mutton Bay is located on the shore of a protected bay, surrounded by forested mountains. It is a charming, picturesque fishing village with distinct outport-style architecture. The fishing village is known for its proximity to excellent crab, lobster and scallop fishing grounds. Founded during Canada’s French regime, Mutton Bay was first named Baie-du-Portage, after an ancient Aboriginal portage in the vicinity.
By the early 1800s, it was renamed Mutton Bay, perhaps because of the foreign fishing fleets that used to bring sheep onshore to graze to maintain a supply of meat. Settlers from England and Newfoundland arrived in the second half of the 19th century. They formed the basis of today’s population, most of who work in the fishery. The neighbouring village of La Tabatière is connected by a 9 kilometre (6 mile) stretch of road.