Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove is a picturesque town of approximately 950 people located on the eastern shore of the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is nestled deep in the heart of Motion Bay, just south (approximately 15 minutes away) of St. John's. The present town is approximately 200 years old, though the site has been continuously occupied since at least 1598.
Traditionally, Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove was a thriving fishing village. However, in 1992 the Canadian government declared a moratorium on cod fishing in Newfoundland, which greatly hurt rural communities, including Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove.Since the moratorium, Petty Harbour -Maddox Cove has become more reliant on the tourism industry. Many tourists visit Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove for its beautiful scenery, icebergs, whales and hiking trails.