The struggle to incorporate
It didn’t come easy for Old Perlican
industry remains Old Perlican.
“ The breakwater was key to this town’s evolution,” said Mayor Harry Strong, whose father, Eric, was a member of the first town council.
The Old Perlican of today is vastly different. The town’s annual operating budget has now surpassed $1.5 million, with more than $600,000 of this collected from the roughly 300 homeowners and about 20 businesses.
The town has a skilled volunteer fire department, operates a regional ambulance service that responds to some 250 calls annually, and owns a community centre that has become the social epicentre of the community. The centre is operated by the volunteer recreation commission.
There’s a hospital, a personal care home, a regional high school, and other government services such as a public library.
The town employs three full-time and two parttime employees, and up to six people — a primary care paramedic and five emergency medical responders — operate the ambulance service.
Volunteerism is alive and well, with several service and religious groups contributing greatly to the town’s neatly woven fabric.
Some notable attractions include the Beckett Heritage Property, historical gravesites, and the area’s natural and rugged beauty.
If you ask a community leader, they’ll tell you Old Perlican is one of the most prosperous fishing communities in the province. It’s a badge of honour they carry with pride.
In fact, the town kept chugging straight on through the cod moratorium, while others lost their heart and soul.
“ Things have prospered here, and the last 40 years have found that even with the slump in the economy and the cod moratorium … Old Perlican didn’t smirk,” Fred Cram, a member of the first town council and a noted author, said recently.
A new Harbour Authority building is under construction in the town.