Carbonear is a town on the Bay de Verde Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. As of 2001, there are 4,759 people living in Carbonear, down from 5,168 in 1996.
Located on the west side of Conception Bay, about half way up the Avalon Peninsula is the town of Carbonear. There are different theories about where the community name comes from. Either the Spanish word "carbonera" (a female who makes or sells charcoal); or from a number of French words, most likely "Charbonnier" or "Carbonnier". Another proposal is that the town is named after the Italian friar, Fra Giovanni Antonio Carbonaro, who founded a church there.
One of Carbonear's first residents was Nicholas Guy who had moved there with his family from Cupids by at least 1631.