Captain Dildo and the town of Dildo Newfoundland top 10 Questions Answered

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1: Is there really a place called Dildo in Newfoundland Canada?

Yes, there is a town called Dildo in Newfoundland, and it is also an island. The island of Dildo is actually actually one of three islands located in Trinity Bay and is just off the shores of the town of Dildo, Newfoundland. To get to the islands you go through an area called Dildo tip at the very bottom of Trinity Bay.

2: How long does it take to get to the town of Dildo and Dildo Island from St. John’s Newfoundland?

Taking a day trip to the town of Dildo Newfoundland and the island of Dildo from the capital city of St. John’s is easy. From downtown St. John’s, Dildo Newfoundland is just 101 kilometers away and takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive.

If you’re coming from the Witless Bay Marine Ecological Reserve or from Whale House Guest House, the drive is even shorter, taking less than an hour and only 80km from Whale House in Mobile Bay.

Map driving distance from St. John's to Dildo, Newfoundland
Driving distance from St. John’s to Dildo, Newfoundland

3: Is it true that Jimmy Kimmel is the mayor of the town of Dildo?

Yes, it’s true, the famous nighttime talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel is the honorary mayor of the town of Dildo, Newfoundland. His team made a trip to Dildo in 2019 and since then the already famous town of Dildo has been making even more headlines. There is a lot to love about the town of Dildo, and Jimmy Kimmel is an admirer.

Jimmy Kimmel, during is run for mayor of Dildo, Newfoundland
Jimmy Kimmel, during is run for mayor of Dildo, Newfoundland

4: Why is the Town of Dildo and Dildo Island called “Dildo”?

The origins of the name are elusive. Depending on who you ask, you may get different answers, all of which have their own truth. Aside from its obvious modern-day meaning, the word “Dildo” has also been used to refer to any cylinder or tube.

It is also theorized that Captain Cook, a famous explorer, and cartographer that mapped and named many coastal places around Newfoundland and around the world may have been responsible for naming the town of Dildo and the island of Dildo. Captain Cook was known for having a sense of humor, but this is just a theory among many others.

5: Is there a museum or interpretation center in the town of Dildo that I can learn more about the history of the island and town of Dildo?

Yes, the town of Dildo has an interpretation center and museum that is a must-visit for anyone visiting the town of Dildo. Many people come to the town of Dildo first because of the funny name, but the town and surrounding area have a lot to see and do. The small interpretation center offers amazing little tours of the town and surrounding area.

Find out about the giant squid that was found in Dildo and little secrets about the community’s history. Discover how these street lamps in this town were once powered by oil from whales, pop into the museum and check out the local artifacts that date back hundreds of years, and hang out with the locals.

This is a small community, so there are no line-ups and the tours are often one on one. Be sure to visit the marine petting tank where you can reach in and touch animals like sea urchins and hermit crabs and discover a little bit about the biodiversity that lies below the surface of dildo’s coastal waters.

6: Is there a Dildo Brewery and is it worth Visiting?

If you like microbrewery tours, this is one you will not want to miss. The Dildo Brewery located in the town of Dildo is a small craft brewery specializing in small-batch locally handcrafted beers. The beer at the Dildo Brewery is as traditional as it gets and can be purchased in large growlers.

For those of you who don’t know what a growler is, it is a large glass jug that holds almost 2 liters of beer, 1893 milliliters to be exact (that’s 64 U.S. fluid ounces). If you’re only going to try one beer at the Dildo Brewery be sure to try the sour beer, it’s one of the most popular.

Dildo Brewing Co. of Dildo in Newfoundland
Dildo Brewing Co. of Dildo in Newfoundland

7: How long have people lived and fished around the town of Dildo and Dildo Island?

The history of the area that is now called Dildo Island and the town of Dildo is older than anyone knows. Way before Europeans settled the area that is now called Dildo, four indigenous groups including the now extinct Beothuks used this area to live and fish. The waters in and around the town of Dildo and Dildo island are famous for inland cod fishing and the topography of the area offers many protected harbors and shelters.

8: Can I take a Bout Tour in the town of Dildo and around Dildo Island?

Yes, there are many boat tour operators in and around the Dildo area, and getting out on the water is one of the best ways to explore the town of Dildo and the surrounding area.

9: What is a Dildonian?

If you live in the town of Dildo, you can refer to yourself as a Dildonian, an endearing name for someone that comes from the town of Dildo.

Thanks for the catch @RealDildonian.

Dildo's Wikipedia page
Dildo’s Wikipedia Page with their Motto “Our name will never change”

10: Who is Captain Dildo?

Captain Dildo is the town mascot of the town of Dildo. The town of Dildo hosts an annual summer festival called Dildo Days with various fun activities that are lead by the town Mascot Captain Dildo.

The Mascot - Captain Dildo
The town Mascot – Captain Dildo

Have you had a chance to visit the Newfoundland town of Dildo? What was the highlight of your adventure?

Be sure to check out our friend from the Dildonian.com and his article on The Daily Beast (spoiler alert: he was the inspiration for Captian Dildo).

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