- Population in 2006 - 3,767
- Total private dwellings 1,648
- Population density per 119.6 km2 (46.2 sq mi)
- Land area 31.50 km2 (12.2 sq mi)
- Bonavista is located on the tip of the Bonavista Peninsula on Newfoundland's northeast coast.
- The Bonavista Peninsula runs 85 km northeast from a 19 km wide isthmus and measures between 15–40 km in width. It separates Bonavista Bay in the north from Trinity Bay to the south.
- The highways servicing the Bonavista Peninsula are Route 230, Route 233, Route 235, Route 237, Route 238, and many local roads.
- Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), a freelance Venetian explorer, was contracted by England’s Henry VII to find new lands, and a sea route to the Orient. Cabot set sail from Bristol, England in his ship the Matthew in 1497. When Cabot first saw land he’s reputed to have said "O Buon Vista" (“Oh, Happy Sight!”) giving rise to the name of the town and nearby Cape Bonavista.
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- Bonavista was a major commercial centre and the evidence for this is preserved at the Ryan Premises, a National Historic Site maintained by Parks Canada. It is a restored example of a large fish merchant's operation.
- Bonavista’s status was further enhanced by the development of the Fisherman's Protective Union in the early 20th century, and the creation of nearby Port Union. During the peak years of 1891-1901, the Bonavista Peninsula's population of about 20,000 was centred in Bonavista. The Bonavista Cold Storage Co. fish plant, now a Fishery Products International operation, became the centre of fishery production after the decline of salt fish markets.
- In 1722 the first school in Newfoundland was built in Bonavista by Rev. Henry Jones.
- Major Attactions Include:The Ryan Premises, The Matthew Replica, The Mockbeggar Plantation, The Dungeon, White Rock Murals, Bonavista Lighthouse, Bonavista Archives (Garrick Theatre)
- Home of 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Michael Ryder