Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland
History of Fogo Island
The Community of Titling is one of 11 distinctive outport fishing communities on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. It is a rare 18th century Irish settlement surviving in North America, where fishermen over-wintered for the first time in the 1750’s. Tilting was listed on the National Historic Sites of Canada in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2003.
Fogo Island is the largest northern Island off Newfoundland. It has a population of about 2,500 people. Historically it has been a center for the cod-fishery for centuries between North America and Europe. With the collapse of the fisheries in the early 1990’s, Fogo Island’s economic future was threatened. Within the last decade, Newfoundland and especially Fogo Island, have become an international destination for tourism. With local folklore, crafts, art, and natural surroundings there is a new sense of hope.