The Coast of Bays region begins at Route 360, near the community of Bishop’s Falls. Often referred to as a geographical phenomenon, this region is as diverse in its geology as it is in culture. Spread throughout the region are 22 coastal communities with populations ranging in size from less than 100 to 2,000 residents, with the largest being Harbour Breton. It’s here in the Coast of Bays that the province’s only recognized First Nations Reserve exists – the Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River.
The Coast of Bays has traditionally been dependant on the fishery, but today it's a staple in the aquaculture industry, with all of the province’s finfish aquaculture occurring in the region. The Newfoundland Hydro Station in Bay D’Espoir is the largest generating station on the island, providing 57 per cent of the power used on the island portion of the province. Tours of the facility are available during regular work days.