Baytona is a small rural community found in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is situated off of route 340, which runs from Lewisporte to Twillingate island, aptly named "Road to the Isles". A bay separates Baytona from a neighboring town called Birchy Bay. The first settlers of Baytona were fishermen, with women mainly staying home to raise children; however, with a depletion in cod stocks and lobsters, there was a shift away from the fishing industry.
Birchy Bay North
|Coordinates: 49°20′32″N 54°45′56″W|
|• Mayor||Rex Quinlan|
|• MHA||Derek Bennett|
|• MP||Scott Simms|
|• Land||15.38 km2 (5.94 sq mi)|
|Elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Density||17.0/km2 (44/sq mi)|
|2011 Population: 264|
|Time zone||UTC-3:30 (Newfoundland Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-2:30 (Newfoundland Daylight Time)|
Currently, the majority of people living in Baytona made a living from the forestry industry. However, with the shutdown of Abitibi and the Grand Falls newsprint mill, many are left in hard economic situations. According to the 2006 census there are 276 residents, with a 15.1% population loss between 2001 and 2006
Originally, Baytona was known as "Birchy Bay North". In 1958 the name was changed to "Gayside" to help the flow of mail delivery. The name was a play on the word "gay", which at that time meant happy, implying that Gayside was the more pleasant of the two communities. However, in 1985, due to a change in definition of the word "gay", and subsequent joking and harassment of neighbouring communities, the name of the town was, once again, changed from "Gayside" to "Baytona".
- "Census Profile, 2016 Census Baytona, Town [Census subdivision], Newfoundland and Labrador". Statistics Canada. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
- 2006 Census
- The History Of Baytona