Ramea, an island community with a population of 754 (2001 census), is surrounded by a number of picturesque uninhabited islands. Residents are descendants of settlers from surrounding areas with origins from European countries.
The scenic community has all the amenities required for a small town. Fresh water is supplied from Northwest Pond and is treated in a newly constructed water treatment plant; household garbage is collected on a weekly basis, and incinerated; a Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro power plant provides electricity for the community; a post office is situated on main street and is open 5 1/2 days weekly, while banking services are provided two days per week; vehicles may be refueled at an Irving gas pump; security is supplied by an RCMP detachment stationed in nearby Burgeo, where services of Canadian Coast Guard are also situated.
|A daily ferry service to Burgeo is provided by the M.V. Gallipoli, a 99-passenger, 18 vehicle car ferry. Twice weekly, the boat travels to Grey River to accommodate residents of that community. The weekend schedule will differ during summer and winter months to oblige those traveling year-round, and to ensure optimum travel opportunities.|
|Upon arrival in Ramea, accommodations are available at the Four Winds, the historic home of the Penny family. Bask in the cultural setting of the former Senator George Penny, and his wife, Marie, who continued to build and operate the family business long after her husbands’ premature death.|
C & D Takeout, located in the basement of Red's Lounge, provides a service to the traveling public.
Educational needs are provided by a Kindergarten - Grade 12 school located in the center of town. The present St. Boniface All Grade School was opened to students in February 1997. The building is a modern, state-of-the-art educational facility which provides children of the community with ample opportunities to participate in educational and technological advances
| in preparation
for life beyond St. Boniface and Ramea. The
schools’ computer lab, also a Community Access Center, is equipped
with 18 computers and provides internet and e-mail access for residents
The school also houses the Marie S. Penny Memorial Library, which is operated jointly by the school and local Library Board. A vast amount of varied reading material is available for all ages.
Nurse Douglas Stewart Memorial Clinic is operated by Western Health Care Corporation, and is staffed by a nurse practitioner, two registered nurses and a public health nurse. The clinic is well equipped with required medical apparatus, and also houses the towns’ morgue. Medical emergencies are transported to Burgeo by the local ferry or by helicopter from a nearby landing pad.
|Services of faith are held regularly at St. Boniface Anglican Church under the direction of a rector, who also services the communities of Grey River and Francois, and a number of volunteer lay-readers. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church congregation relies on periodic visits by clergy.|
Those traveling by personal boats, yachts, etc., can take advantage of docking facilities under the management of Ramea Harbour Authority.
Ramea can boast of a fully-equipped and trained volunteer fire department, which is very active in promoting fire safety, as well as raising funds to continually upgrade and update their firefighting equipment.
Television services have been provided by a nonprofit volunteer organization, Ramea Broadcasting Company Limited, since 1984. Currently, a number of news and entertainment stations provide hours of television entertainment to the viewing public.
|On Main Street, a memorial pays tribute to the young men of Ramea who answered the call to serve their country and, for many, lost their lives in World War II.||A little further along, the Ramea Heritage Center maintains a vast and diverse number of articles that exhibits our culture and legacy to visitors.|
An extensive number of recreational opportunities are available for those of all ages and interests. Walkers and hikers can avail of the walking trail and observation points on Man O’War Hill and "Goodknock". The young may wish to visit the town’s arcade for games of pool, pinball, etc., while the young-at-heart can visit the Senior Puffin’s 50+ Club every Friday night for an evening of fun and socialization. In addition, weekly bingo and card games provide relaxation and entertainment for those who choose to participate, and regular meetings of a significant number of groups and organizations offer an outlet for public service and volunteers of all ages.
Ramea residents are proud of their culture and their community, and are quick to indicate points of interest, or lend a helping hand to visitors. That pride is evidenced by their entry in the provincial Tidy Town competitions for the past number of years, and being awarded first place for their population range in 1997.