Placentia has a long history dating back to the 16th century fishing industry.  The French called the town Plaisance. Originally the French controlled most of Newfoundland until 1713's Treaty of Utrecht, at which time the Placentia Bay settlements fell under British rule.  During the 18th and 19th centuries, Placentia was made home by Irish immigrants.

Placentia offers many outdoor activities, including: swimming, fishing, bird-watching, hiking, kayaking, ATVs and more.  Placentia's official borders include Jerseyside, Freshwater, Dunville and Argentia.  Placentia has archaeological sites, museums (specifically the O'Reilly House and Castle Hill)

Placentia is located about 130 km (81 mi.) from St. John's.  Argentia provides ferry links from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia

Placentia accommodations include hotels, motels, campgrounds and bed and breakfasts.

Castle Landing Guest Home
16 Larkin Drive, Highway 100
Fleur De Sel Vacation Home
Long Term
12 O'Keefe St
Harold Hotel
P.O. Box 142, Freshwater
Fitzgerald's Pond Park
Route 100
Northeast Arm Motel
P.O. Box 542
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