The first inhabitant of Trout River was George Crocker of Dorsetshire , England who settled there in 1815. He fished for herring and cod before his marriage in 1829 to Catherine Blanchard of Meadows in the Bay of Islands . A list of inhabitants for the Western Shores of Newfoundland in 1838 shows George Crocker having seven members in his family at that time. They eventually had 10 children.
George and his two brothers came to Newfoundland during the summer to be employed in the fishing industry and returned to their native home in the fall. After three or four years of such voyages George settled in Trout River . One of his brothers moved to the East Coast of Newfoundland and little is known about the second brother. Some believe that he may have settled in Massachusetts after working on sailing vessels. Until about 1880 the Crockers were the only inhabitants of Trout River . Thereafter a number of other families from the southwest coast of Newfoundland settled at Trout River .
Repeated advances of outlet up by continental collision. The last glacier paused at the far end of the lake and built the marine terrace on which Trout River village is situated.
Trout River is a small rural fishing village measuring 7.3 sq. km. with a population of 688 (1996). It is nestled between the Tableland Mountains and the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at 58 degrees Longitude and 49 degrees Latitude. The village serves as the southern boundary to Gros Morne National Park . Glacial features ranging from cirques to fiords give the area spectacular natural beauty. The community experiences a maritime climate consisting of warm summers with bre
ezes blowing in from the ocean or down from the mountains. Winter temperatures are relatively cool with an average snow fall of 350 - 400 cm. and with an average rainfall of 600 - 1000 mm
Since the early 1800's, Trout River has relied upon the cod fishery as its main source of employment. However, since the collapse of the ground fishery, those choosing to remain in this industry have attempted to diversify and fish new species outside of the traditional cod fishery. These species include halibut, crab, lobster, flounder, herring, seal, caplin , shrimp, etc.....
There has been, in recent years, a tremendous shift in employment opportunities in Trout River . While there remains significant activity in the fishing industry, tourism and its related services are rapidly becoming the leading economic generator.
The potential of Trout River as a major tourist attraction is evident. With its natural beauty and the development of hiking and skiing trails, campground and day-use picnic areas, boat tours, boardwalks, and the fishermen's museum, the town and surrounding area is fast becoming a favorite tourist attraction.
The proposed museum will be situated behind the fish plant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with an outside viewing deck. Inside the museum there will be interpretive panels and displays of fishing equipment providing tourists with the opportunity to experience the history of the fishery in Trout River . Guided tours to the local wharf will enable tourists to talk to fisherman and observe fish being processed at the plant.
The newly -constructed Trout River boardwalk is one kilometer in length. On one side is the breathtaking scenery of the Atlantic Ocean while the other side is adjacent to the main business district of the town. Here you will find grocery stores, restaurants, a gas station, Crocker's Bed & Breakfast, the Post Office, and the fish plant.
There are two parking and viewpoint areas located on the boardwalk. Here you can stop and rest, enjoy the scenery, take pictures, or talk to the local people about the town.
Trout River flows from Trout River Pond through the community adjacent to Main street and out into the Atlantic Ocean . The river is a licensed recreational salmon river where local residents and visitors can enjoy this exciting outdoor sportglaciers from the Newfoundland Ice Sheet transformed a V-shaped preglacial stream valley into this wide U-shaped glacial trough. The original valley developed along a weak zone between ocean-floor rocks (left) and rocks from the mantle (right) which were thrust