Like the rest of our province and country, the predominant religion in the Clarenville area is Christianity. There are five major Christian denominations in town including: The Salvation Army , Anglican Church, Pentecostal Church, Roman Catholic, and the United Church, along with several minority religions.
Canada Goose Sanctuary
The area of Clarenville and Shoal Harbour is designated as a no hunting or trapping reserve. The start of this project dates back to 1922 when Mr. Clyde Tuck found goose eggs and put them under a hen to hatch. He kept these goslings as pets during the winter and the hunting season. By 1962 he had 67 geese.
his efforts some of these geese fell prey to hunters and trappers. Sometime
during the 60's he decided to let these geese go. Inevitably, Mr. Tuck's
domestically raised geese had attracted wild geese as well. They came every year
to feed and enjoy the peaceful environment during their migratory journey. The
Clarenville Rotary Club decided to recognize the area as a Canada Goose
Sanctuary because of all of Mr. Tuck's effort.
The Clarenville area also has some nice bars and clubs like West Side Charlies, McNalley's, The Playhouse, Rod's Pub, Thristy's Bar, along with the bars and clubs we have a Theatre and a Bowling Alley, we have two golf courses, one in Port Blandford called Twin Rivers, and another called Brookside in Hatchet Cove. We have a regional sportsplex with a swimming pool, racketball courts and a weight room. We have two malls, a Tim Horton's, McDonalds, and a Don Cherry's Restaurant. We have a park called the Elizabeth Swan Memorial Park which is named for one of the provinces foremost figure skating pioneers which features picnic / barbecue facilities, and also a playground for children. There is also a race track located very close to Clarenville where the best race car drivers in Atlantic Canada have raced.
People from the Clarenville avid sports participants. They have several hockey teams (there is a high school hockey team called the Cougars) and midget teams. Almost every weekend in the winter the stadium is host to a hockey tournament. In the last couple of years, Clarenville has hosted the Provincial Midget Softball championship, the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games, and many more events. The schools in the Clarenville area are all very involved in sports with almost every school having teams in sports like basketball, volleyball, and softball.
The four schools in the Clarenville area: Clarenville High School, Clarenville Middle School, Clarenville Primary School, and Balbo Elementary are under the jurisdiction of Vista School District. The Clarenville area also has Keyin College, and College of The North Atlantic for post-secondary training.
The Town of Clarenville was incorporated as municipality in 1951, with Mr. Ernest Drover as the first mayor of the town. The new and modern Town Hall, which houses the Fire Hall was opened in 1971. Clarenville shares its fire fighting capabilities with Shoal Harbour and has a Volunteer Fire Department consisting of thirty members.