Whiteley Museum is located at St. Paul’s River, a small village of Lower North Shore.
This museum is dedicated to local history. The name of the institution honours M. William H. Whiteley, inventor of the cod trap. He invented this engine in 1871.
Through this invention, Whiteley revolutionized cod fishing throughout Eastern Canada.
The museum retraces the story of the Whiteley family, as well as the fascinating natural and cultural history of the region. In fact, the invention of the Cod Trap is the most notable feet in local history.
This revolutionary method of catching codfish changed the fishing industry on the east coast forever. Massachusetts-born “Bossy” Whiteley’s invention was so popular and effective that fisherman would have to change their equipment and craft in order to accommodate the larger catches and was still in use recently throughout Maritime Canada until the demise of the inshore ground fishery.
The Museum features a model of Whiteley’s extensive fishing installations on Bonne Esperance Island, near St. Paul’s River. The museum also houses a small craft and souvenir boutique.
Note than the Whiteley Museum is open seasonally from Monday to Friday.
Address of Whiteley Museum:
St. Paul’s River
Telephone: 418 379-2996
Website of Whitley Museum: www.whiteleymuseum.com