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Surrounded by water and mountains, Kilmory Resort has been carefully and lovingly crafted from its natural surroundings. Measures have been taken to enhance the privacy and pleasure of guests. All of our 21 pine log chalets and cottages are single buildings, located on treed lots for privacy, with there own driveway, waterfront view overlooking the river estuary and mountains and private deck with barbeque and picnic table.
Each has a fully equipped kitchen with microwave oven, coffee maker, fridge, stove, cutlery, dishes etc. We also provide all bed linens and towels (except for the pool). All you need to supply is food and consumables.
You can choose from one of our studio, one-bedroom, two- bedroom or two bedroom deluxe chalets. If it's a fireplace or whirlpool tub equipped chalet you wish, we can accommodate that as well.
Our scenic location, superior accommodations, dedicated staff and proximity to the Avalon, Bonavista and Burin Peninsulas and St. Pierre and Argentia ferries make Kilmory Resort an attractive central location for your Newfoundland get-away.
Ideally located a day-trip from Eastern Newfoundland's most popular tourism attractions, Kilmory Resort offers comfortable, clean, four star, self-catering chalets and cottages, fully equipped to meet your vacationing needs.
From September until June Kilmory Resort is the ideal location for focused, rural retreats, conferences, work shops or seminars. We can serve ten to thirty participants. Delicious food, spectacular scenery and few distractions will afford your conference a highly successful return on your conference investment.
The Naming of “Kilmory Resort”
A lot of our guests are curious about where the name “Kilmory” comes from
It’s family derived. The ancestors of the owner, Roger Jamieson (father, Don, of Sound Island, then St. John’s and later Swift Current; paternal grandfather Charles, of Sound Island; and paternal great-grandfather Alexander) came from a place in Scotland called O’er Kilmory, near Peter Head, which is located in Northern Scotland. It was Alexander who came as a very young man to work as a cooper making barrels for the thriving herring trade at Sound Island Placentia Bay which is a few miles south of the Resort.
The Honorable Don Jamieson, father of the owner, loved this place. Even though he traveled the world extensively as Canada’s Foreign Minister and Diplomat, his thoughts were always about returning to Newfoundland and Swift Current. He fondly called it “O’er Kilmory”. So with acknowledgment to the Honorable Don Jamieson, and in his memory we named this place “Kilmory Resort”.
The Mi’Kmaqs of Conne River once frequented Piper’s Hole River and Swift Current areas. The Aboriginal People would walk across country from Bai d’espoire to hunt the inland area of the island and actually overwinter in the Swift Current area. There are a few families in Swift Current who can trace their heritage back to Conne River.
Somewhere across from Kilmory Resort, it is said, there is an Aboriginal burial ground that dates from the early part of the 1800’s. This was the area they occupied during their winters here.
European settlement of the area dates from the French occupation of Placentia Bay. The French garrison at Placentia would regularly send hunting and exploration parties up Pipers Hole River to cut timber for ships and, with the aid of the Mic Macs in the area, hunt caribou for meat provisions.
The Legend of Piper’s Hole
The name “Piper’s Hole River actually comes from this time in history. The story goes that in early winter during the first part of the 1700’s a hunting party was sent to Pipers Hole River (at that time it was called “Salmon Hole”). Included in the party was a piper from the French garrison in Placentia. A disagreement took place between the piper and one of the other soldiers. The argument escalated and the piper was killed. To dispose of the body, a hole was cut in the frozen pond and the piper’s body was slipped into the water. When the soldier returned to the garrison he told his superiors that he had become separated from the piper and had searched for him to no avail, and so, had to return to Placentia because he was out of supplies.
Legend has it that on return trips to the area the French soldiers could hear the lonely lament of the piper being played in the river valley, thus the name Piper’s Hole River.
This story may have some basis in fact. It is said that the soldier who committed the murder confessed his crime years later on his death bed back in France. It just so happened that the priest who heard his confession had been stationed in Placentia during the time the piper was lost. They say that on a good night with the wind just the right way, you might still hear the lonely piper play.