Deer Lake
Town of Deer Lake
34 Reid’s Lane,
Deer Lake, NL A8A 2A2
P:(709) 635-2451
F:(709) 635-5857
Population, 2016 5,249 [1]
Population, 2011 4,995 [1]
Population, 2006 4,827 [2]
Population percentage change, 2011 to 2016 5.1 [1]
Total private dwellings 2,300 [1]
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents 2,164 [1]
Population density per square kilometre 71.7 [1]
Land area in square kilometres 73.23 [1]
Visible Minority (%) 1.8 [1]
Homeownership Rate 72.3 [1]
Median value of dwellings ($) 200,687 [1]
Median monthly shelter costs for rented dwellings ($) 752 [1]
Average total income of economic families in 2015 ($) 87,233 [1]
Participation rate 56 [1]
Employment rate 44.9[1]
Deer Lake is a landlocked community developed on the shores of Deer Lake. The Town is located 50 km north of Corner Brook and 300 km west of Gander. The Town stated as a construction camp in 1922 for the purpose of developing a hydroelectric dam to power the pulp and paper mill in Corner Brook [3]. Prior activity in the area existed for forestry and railway [4]. The Town of Deer Lake amalgamated Nicholsville and Spillway in 1994 [5].
Deer Lake has a domestic airport which employees around 200 people and receives around 300, 000 visitors annual making it the 4th busiest airport in atlantic Canada [6,7]. It serves a monthly volume of 45,000 passengers on about 2,000 filights [8]. The airport was a permenant airstip in 1955 and later paved in 1963 [3]. As Deer Lake is located along the Trans-Canada it offers access to shipping routes through Correr Brook and elsewhere. The Town offers a strong business tax incentive program for new and expanding business [6]. The community is also centrally located to explore Newfoundland by is only 33 km to the southern gates of Gros Morne National Park [7].
Deer lake is the snowmobile hub of Newfoundland [9]. Highly encouraged by the Towns Council and local business. Deer Lake has a groomed trail throughout the town site that connects to backcountry trails. Many local hotels have loading and unloading ramps while rentals and tours business have also developed in the community [9].
Deer Lake has a municipal plan effective since 2005 and consolidated in 2015 [10a]. The plan outlines conditions around basic economic activity within the the community.
Deer Lake receives the highest precipitation fall in August, with an 1131.5 mm annual [11]. Annual rainfall is slightly in excess of 800 mm per year while snowfall exceeds 300 cm. Temperature vary from around -12.7OC in February to 21.9oC in July. The annual average temperature is about 4.4oC [11].

Dr. Leith Deacon PhD