Conception Bay bounded by Cape St. Francis and Split Point at Bay de Verde covers an area of 1295 square kilometers. It lies in a northeasterly direction on the Avalon Peninsula. The bay itself contains several islands, the three major ones being Bell Island, Little Bell and Kelly's Island. The Avalon Peninsula is a large peninsula (9,270 km²) that makes up the southeast portion of the island of Newfoundland. ... Bell Island, Newfoundland Bell Island is an island located off Newfoundlands Avalon Peninsula in Conception Bay. ...
The name Conception Bay comes from the Portuguese Baia de Conceicao or Baia de Comceica and was presumably given in honour of the Feast of the Conception, December 8. The name first appears on the Oliveriana map of 1505 - 1508.
ConceptionBay is one of the principal bays of Newfoundland, formed by 2 N-reaching arms of the AVALON PENINSULA.
Its shoreline, varying from rugged cliffs and fjordlike inlets to gentle sandy beaches and excellent harbours, was the province's earliest settled; its rich marine resources were utilized by Europeans from the early 1500s.
BELL ISLAND in the E, the bay's largest island, was the location of an important iron-ore mine.
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