Bonavista, NL, Town, pop 3764 (2006c), 4021 (2001c), inc 1964. Bonavista is located on the tip of the Bonavista Peninsula on the island's northeast coast. Its name may have come from the Italian O Buon Vista ("Oh happy sight"), attributed to John CABOT, as Cape Bonavista is thought of as one of the possible places he made his first landfall in the New World in 1497.

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According to the 2006 census.

- Population in 2006 - 3,767
- Total private dwellings 1,648
- Population density per 119.6 km2 (46.2 sq mi)
- Land area 31.50 km2 (12.2 sq mi)

Cape Bonavista is a headland located on the east coast of the island of Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
It is located at the northeastern tip of the Bonavista Peninsula, which separates Trinity Bay to the south from Bonavista Bay to the north.
The nearby town of Bonavista takes its name from this historic landmark.
The lighthouse on Cape Bonavista was built in 1843.
John Cabot may have landed there on June 24, 1497 (or at another time in the 15th century), although other locations make the same claim.

The Bonavista Peninsula is a large peninsula on the east coast of the island of Newfoundland in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Bonavista Peninsula runs 85 km northeast from a 19 km wide isthmus and measures between 15–40 km in width. It separates Bonavista Bay in the north from Trinity Bay to the south.

Starting at the Trinity Bay side it commences at the northeastern part of the bay at Shoal Harbour, immediately north of Clarenville. Continuing east the peninsula's south shore includes the communities of Trinity and Catalina ending at its easternmost tip at Cape Bonavista. The north shore of the peninsula includes the communities of Bonavista, Summerville and Musgravetown to Port Blandford.
The highways servicing the Bonavista Peninsula are Route 230, Route 233, Route 235, Route 237, Route 238, and many local roads. The Newfoundland Railway also had a branch built from Clarenville to Bonavista, later called the Bonavista Subdivision by CN Rail's Terra Transport division. It was abandoned in 1984, four years before the railway's mainline was abandoned across the island.

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