Trinity Loop: While not an official tourist attraction, what was once the main attraction to the Trinity area is now an abandoned train themed amusement park. Check out this unique relic at your own risk! Driving Directions
Random Passage Site & Tea Room and Joes Place: Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and the hours of operation for Joe’s Place is Wednesday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 8pm, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight 709-464-2233
The staff of the Artisan Inn has worked hard to gather this information to help visitors with their trip planning. If you are a business on this list and your information is not correct please email email@example.com to provide updates. If you are not on this list and would like to be please also contact us.
Please always call ahead to businesses as information may have changed without us being notified. Operating while the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing makes running a business very challenging. Please be patient with operators if their hours do not line up as advertised, they decide to close or do things differently than advertised. Information and protocols are changing on a daily basis.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has visited the Artisan Inn or Twine Loft restaurant during their Stay Home Year 2020 Staycation.
WHERE TO STAY
The Artisan Inn will keep all vacation homes open until the end of October and maybe longer. Please contact us directly regarding available rooms as we are renting our rooms a little differently this year.
WHERE TO EAT
Twine Loft Evening Dining Recommended by Where to Eat In Canada 2019-2020 Edition. Open until October 24th 2020, re-opening May 2021
Evening Dining: & Drinks on the Deck Open Wednesday-Sundays. $60 per seat. Dinner service is at 6pm each night with the exception of Friday evening when dinner service is at 7pm. Dinner is a 3-course meal with choices for the appetizer and main course and one set dessert. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian diets can be accommodated. Dinner guests may come prior to dinner for pre-dinner drinks at their table or on the waterside deck. On select dates, we may require a minimum number of dinner guests for us to operate if we do not have reservations from guests staying in our own properties. Call 1-709-464-3377 to book or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A credit card number is required to hold the reservation.
ADDITIONAL RESTAURANTS IN TRINITY
Skipper Bob’s Cafe: Hoping to remain open until the end of October Open at ½ capacity with 3 picnic tables for outside eating available. 8am – 4pm daily 709-464-3712
The Dock Marina: Will stay open until September 26th: Open at ½ capacity. 11:30 am – 8:00pm Daily 709-464-2133. There is an ATM at this location
HISTORY IN TRINITY
HISTORY IN TRINITY – SELECT HISTORIC SITES ARE OPEN
Trinity Visitor’s Centre: Open 9:30am – 5:00pm until Friday of Thanksgiving Weekend
The Green Family Forge: The Blacksmiths are at the Forge from Monday-Friday and visits can be arranged by contacting Jim Miller ED of the Trinity Historical Society
Trinity Historical Walking Tours: Trinity Historical Walking Tours is finished for the season, however, it may be possible to arrange a private tour. 709-464-3723 709-363-8528
Even without a tour option, exploring the unique architecture of Trinity is worth a walk through town.
HIKING IN TRINITY – GUN HILL TRAIL
Easy (very top can be difficult)
2km Lower Gun Hill Trail (loop)
1km Upper Gun Hill Trail
1-2 Hours to complete both trails
Gun Hill, formerly known as Ryder’s Hill is located at the base of Trinity. The upper trail leads straight to the top of the hill for a fantastic 360 degree view of the entire area and offers a great vantage point for picture taking. Halfway up the trail hikers will find the cannons that once protected Trinity from attacks during the wars between the French and the English. A photo of Trinity taken in 1910 is on display that allows visitors to see what ways the town has and has not changed over that past 100 years. The best time to take this hike is late afternoon. The town looks spectacular during the golden hour when the sun lowers over Fisher Cove. The walk takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to get to the top and slightly less time to get down. This is also a great spot to watch the sunrise because the entire trail provides an unobstructed view towards the East.
THEATRE IN TRINITY – RISING TIDE
The Rising Tide Theatre: TERESE’S CREED FALL 2020 schedule
THURSDAY, SEPT. 17TH AT 8:00 PM
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18TH AT 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, SEPT. 19TH AT 8:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23RD AT 8:00 PM
THURSDAY, SEPT. 24TH AT 8:00 PM
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25TH AT 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26TH AT 8:00 PM
BOAT TOURS IN TRINITY
Fall sightings include superpods of dolphins, various species of whales, bluefin tuna and bald eagles.
Sea Of Whales Adventures: Allowing up to two bubbles at a time depending on group size, will primarily take out single, double and extended bubbles. 709-464-2200. Running dates depend on demand.
Trinity is almost completely surrounded by water and visitors can explore numerous beaches and search for sea glass.
SHOPPING IN TRINITY
Mirabella: Closed for the season, but re-opening for a weekend sale September 25 &26. Potentially shopping can be done by appointment before and after these dates 1- 709-697-1061
The Dock Marina Gift Shop: Open daily 11:00am – 6:00pm: Will stay open until September 26 709-464-2133
Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Shop & Sweet Rock Ice Cream: Retail shop opening while there is still demand. Will move to curbside after that. Soon scoop ice cream will no longer be available, but you can purchase small tubs of their flavours at the shop. Demand has been high for Aunt Sarah’s Chocolates. If you are looking to buy a number of bags consider calling ahead.
Trinity Craft Store ( The Hiscock House): Open until Thanksgiving. After September 25th, various products will be 10% off.
TEN MINUTES FROM TRINITY
TRINITY LOOP – ROUTE 239
Dawn Evans Photography
An Instagram favourite, the Trinity Loop is an abandoned amusement park that used to attract residential travellers from all over the island to ride the Ferris wheel, have fish and chips in a train car or ride the wooden train around the pond while being entertained by wooden cutouts of cartoon characters. The Loop closed in the 1990s and over time the elements have taken it over. Even VICE has done an episode on this location that holds many memories for those of us who visited as kids. To get there leave Trinity and turn left onto Route 239. After passing Bartlett’s Electrical on your right, you will see a sharp right-hand turn. Drive for a few minutes up this paved road to reach the entrance and walk down to see the fallen Ferris wheel and the overgrown mini-golf course.
To get there, turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230.
WHERE TO EAT
Port Rexton Brewery Taproom: Taproom hours will be Monday – Wednesday Closed, Thursday 12-8pm, Friday – Saturday 12-10, Sunday 11-4 (Monday of Thanksgiving Weekend 11-4)
Oh My Cheeses located at the brewery: Same hours as the brewery/
Two Whales Coffee Shop: Open 5 Days a week Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm (CLOSED TUES-WED) 709-464-3928 Head over to Two Whales online store (www.twowhales.com), phone 464 3928, or drop by to place your order!
The Galley: 709-464-3832 11:30-7pm throughout September and October.
A beautiful community with fishing sheds lining the water. There are no businesses (restaurants, shops or sites) open here at this time of the years. To get there, turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive past Port Rexton, Passing the Two Whales Coffee Shop and take the next right to Champney’s West. You will reach a fork in the road and stay to the right. This drive from the 239/230 turn off is 7.2km.
20 minutes from Trinity, Fort Point, also known as Admiral’s Point, offers a view of Trinity from the other side of Trinity Harbour. This is where a British fortification stood until it was destroyed during a 15-day period when the French occupied Trinity in 1762. The second installation of a fort was in 1812 to serve as protection against the raids of American privateers. After the fort was abandoned, a lighthouse was installed in 1871. There is also a great beach to walk along.
TWENTY – FIVE MINUTES FROM TRINITY: PORT UNION
Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Continue driving for 27.9km (approximately 25 minutes)
Sir William Coaker Foundation: The Factory Interpretation Centre hours for the month of September are 9-5 Friday’s until Tuesday ‘s Closed Wednesday and Thursday. Their hours will be updated for October at the end of September.
Seaport Inn Dining Room: Open Sunday – Saturday 8:00am – 8:00pm. 30 person max, takeout is available and reservations are recommended. 709-469-2257
Stella’s Cafe (in nearby Catalina): Open for inside dining 11:00am – 7:00pm every day
WHERE TO SHOP
Women’s Institute Gift & Craft Shop: Monday to Saturday 9- 6 and Sunday Closing October 6th 1 – 5 709-469-2823
Wild Cove Pottery: Open daily until mid October (except Tuesdays) 10:00am – 6:00pm. 709-740-6925
Sir William Coaker Foundation Gift & Craft Shop:The Factory Interpretation Centre hours for the month of September are 9-5 Fridays until Tuesdays Closed Wednesday and Thursday. Their hours will be updated for October at the end of September.
FORTY MINUTES FROM TRINITY: ELLISTON
WHAT TO DO
John C. Crosbie Centre Open 9-5 daily, closing Oct 3rd
Last updated April 16th 2021: Please note that due to Covid-19 operators often need to change their dates and times of operation. Certain operators were not certain of their opening dates when we contacted them, but we will follow up with them once May begins. This should be used as a general guide, but always check current operating info with a business prior to going. If you are a business that would like to be listed, or your status has changed since we last checked, please email email@example.com.
THE ARRIVAL OF ICEBERGS
Trinity and Bonavista Bay are part of Iceberg Alley, a stretch of ocean that icebergs travel along throughout Spring and Early Summer. the Bonavista Peninsula often sees the arrival of icebergs early in the season with many being viewable from land, while others are better observed by one of the various boat tour operators in our area. The largest concentration of icebergs typically arrives between May and June. No two iceberg seasons are the same. Take comfort in knowing that if you come during a poor iceberg year you will still have plenty to do on the Bonavista Peninsula.
Newfoundland Iceberg Reports is a crowd sourced Facebook page where Newfoundlanders and visitors can contribute iceberg reports and photos instantly.
Nature Focused Boat Tours
There are 2 boat tour operators in Trinity. Their ability to go out is based on ice, weather and a minimum number of people, although many are willing to do a full tour if 2 or 3 people are willing to pay the equivalent of 4 passengers, which is often their minimum. If icebergs are in the area, these boat tours can offer an experience you won’t soon forget. Check out Sea of Whales Adventures and Trinity Eco Tours
Dine in Trinity
Our TWINE LOFT DINING ROOM is recommended by Where to Eat in Canada and Lonely Planet. The restaurant is licensed to serve the public so one does not need to be a guest of the inn to make a reservation, however, we will only operate on nights when we have guests of the Artisan Inn booked for dining or if there is a minimum of 4-6 people booked from outside the inn. If you would like to dine with us around this time, whether you are a guest of the inn or not, please contact us as soon as possible to make your reservations to help us know which days we should plan to operate. Enjoy additional accommodation discounts on rooms and vacation homes and guarantee that the restaurant will operate during your stay when you book a MAY STAY, HIKE & DINE PACKAGE
Other places to eat in Trinity
Dock Marina restaurant is opening for dine in and take out service on May 7th. Please note they may not be operating every day of the week at the start of May.
Places To Eat in the Area
Two Whales Coffee Shop: Opening for take out service April 24th
The Galley Restaurant: Operating Wednesday-Sunday in April, stayed tuned for operating days in May.
Peace Cove Inn: Opening weekends starting May 21st Friday – Sundays (heavy on take out service with limited seating inside)
Fisher’s Loft Dining: Opening some time in May by reservation
Fireside Dining Located in Seaport Inn Port Union: Opening May 2nd for daily service.
Bonavista Social Club: Located in Upper Amherst Cove will be opening for Take Out Picnics on the May 24th weekend.
If you are en route to Trinity we suggest stops at Bare Mountain Coffee House in Trinity & Newfoundland Cider Company in Milton
Appreciate Craft Beer at Port Rexton Brewery
The Port Rexton Brewery is one of Newfoundland’s finest, award-winning microbreweries, located only a 10-minute drive from the Artisan Inn. Please be advised that Taxi services are not available in the Trinity Bight area. You can also go to the brewery for Growler fill-ups and cans if you prefer to drink your craft beer back at your accommodations. The brewery can operate whenever we are in Level 2 phase. Please check their website and social media for the operating dates and times in May. Oh My Cheese’s operates a grilled cheese service at the Brewery.
Shopping in Trinity
Mirabella Artisan Studio & Shop: Locally hand made jewelry this shop intends to open May 12 2021. Please visit their website for updates on hours and operating dates.
Art’s Gallery: Located in the same building as the Dock Marina, this large store carries Newfoundland books, jewelry, quilts, apparel, and other crafts. Opening May 7th (check with them for operating days)
Green Family Forge: Due to Covid-19 opening dates are not currently certain, but the Forge will likely open to the public around Victoria Day Weekend. The items crafter by the blacksmith can be purchased at the shop.
Hike Discovery Self Guided Local Hikes
The shoulder season means you will be sharing the trails with fewer travellers. Guests can spend multiple days hiking various trails ranging from 2 to 50 minutes away from the Artisan Inn. For more details on the below trails, visit our HIKING SECTION.
Skerwink Trail – Moderate to Difficult
Approximately 2 hours
Gun Hill Trail – Easy to Moderate
2km Lower Loop Trail, 1km Upper Trail
Approximately 1-2 hours for both
Fox Island Trail – Moderate
Approximately 2 hours
Murphy’s Cove Trail – Moderate
Approximately 3 hours
Cape Shore Trail – Easy
3.5 km One-way
Approximately 1 hour One-way
Walk the white-picket-fence lined streets of Trinity and take in the unique heritage architecture. Some homes in Trinity date back to the early 1800s. The town was used as the backdrop for the film Maudie which won Best Picture at the Canada Screen Awards in 2018. There are plenty of rocky beaches, perfect for finding sea glass and interesting shells.
Relax At The Artisan Inn and take time to do nothing!
The Bonavista Peninsula is a stunning destination. One of the most common complaints we hear from guests at check out is that they forgot to schedule the time to do nothing. Even on days of cooler, or even wild weather, curling up with a book in one of our properties can do wonders for the soul. We provide copies of The Grand Seduction, Maudie, Random Passage and The Shipping News to guests to watch in their rooms or vacation homes, as well as directions to many locations where these films were shot. If you love history and are disappointed to be missing some of the historic sites and museums, make history part of your experience by renting one of our homes or rooms, built in the 1800s (Gover House, Campbell House, Nathaniel House, Admiral’s Lookout).
The Arrival of Puffins in Elliston
Puffins typically arrive in the region mid May and are best view in Elliston.
Book Your 2 Night May Stay, Hike & Dine Package
Extra room or vacation home nights can be added on at 25% off advertised base rate (if same accommodation is kept for the duration of the stay)
Trinity is located 1 hour from The Trans Canada Highway/Highway 1 once you take the exit for Route 230 (near the town of Clarenville)
Drivers have the option of driving directly from Highway 1 to route 230 or they can cut through the town of Clarenville taking Route 230A that eventually meets up with Route 230. There is little difference in time between these two options, however, the second option is more scenic and more convenient if you plan to stop in Clarenville, which has larger grocery stores and a large NLC (Liquor Store) for supplies.
Drive 50.8km and along Route 230 and turn right onto Route 239
After 3km you will see a large bay of blue and white buoys (this is a mussel farm)
There is a left-hand turn after this bay that leads into the historic town of Trinity.
Highlights: Shopping, Whale Watching Tours, 7 Historic Sites, Rising Tide Theatre, Dining, Gun Hill Trail, Guided Historical Walking Tour. Visit EXPLORE TRINITY to learn more.
For more details about getting to the Artisan Inn visit our GETTING HERE section.
The following communities located on Route 239, Route 230 and Route 235 are all easily accessible from Trinity ranging from 10 minutes to 50 minutes away.
SOUTH OF TRINITY on ROUTE 239
Approximately 25 minutes from the Artisan Inn
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. turn left onto route 239 at the T intersection (located by the mussel farm). New Bonaventure is located at the end of this road, 15.8km from Trinity.
Highlights: Rugged Beauty Boat Tours, Random Passage, Grand Seduction and Shipping News film sets and locations.
Approximately 19 minutes from the Artisan Inn.
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Drive for 1.9 Kilometers. Turn left onto Main Road/Route 239 drive for 2.7km and turn left at Dunfield. Continue driving for 4km.
Highlights: Fort Point Lighthouse and interpretation centre, whale spotting from land (during feeding months)
NORTH of TRINITY on ROUTE 230
Port Rexton/Trinity East
Approximately 13 minutes from the Artisan Inn.
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive 4.5km (5 minutes) to arrive at Port Rexton. At the bright yellow gas station, turn right onto Rocky Hill Road and drive for 1.9km (3 minutes) passing Bishop White School and the Fisher’s Loft Conference Centre turn off, to reach Trinity East and the start point of the Skerwink Trail. To get to the Port Rexton Brewery, turn left off Rocky Hill Road onto Station Road.
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive 5.9 Kilometers and turn right at the English Harbour Sign. Drive 4.9 more kilometers. Continue through English Harbour to the Horse Chops for a great whale watching spot in season, however, visitors should be advised that the road becomes a dirt road and visitors should park their car and continue by foot if they do not feel that their vehicle can handle the terrain.
Highlights: English Harbour Arts Centre, Horsechops (a coastal area great for viewing whales during feeding season)
Approximately 18 minutes from the Artisan Inn
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive past Port Rexton, Passing the Two Whales Coffee Shop and take the next right to Champney’s West. You will reach a fork in the road and stay to the right. This drive from the 239/230 turn off is 7.2km.
Highlights: Fox Island Hiking Trail, Champney’s West Aquarium
Approximately 30 minutes from the Artisan Inn
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Continue driving for 27.9km (approximately 25 minutes)
Highlights: Murphy’s Cove Lodges Pond Trail, The Factory Historic Site, The Bungalow Historic Site, Discovery UNESCO Geopark site.
Elliston & Maberly
Approximately 45 minutes from the Artisan Inn.
Directions from Route 230:
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive for 39.7km until you reach the 238 turn-off on your right. Drive 6.3km to reach Elliston. Once in Elliston, The Sealer’s Memorial Statue is located on Main Road, to reach Bird Island, take Sandy Cove Road. Continue Elliston municipal park and Bird Island to reach Maberly.
Alternative Directions from Bonavista
Directions from Bonavista/Spillar’s Cove: Staying on the main road, you will reach an intersection with signage for Spillar’s Cove. Turn right. this road is the northern section of route 238. Drive past the Bonavista water tower (keeping it to your right) and past the two cemeteries opposite one another. Reach Crewe’s Garage, located on a fork in the road. Take the right arm of the fork. You should see a small sign for Route 238. Drive 7.1km (roughly 10 minutes) to reach Elliston and Maberly.
Highlights: Home From the Sea Sealers Museum, Sealer’s Memorial Statue, Puffin Viewing Site, Root Cellar Capital of the World
Approximately 45 minutes from the Artisan Inn.
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive for 37.km (40 minutes) until you enter the town of Bonavista.
Highlights: Ryan Premises National Historic Site, The Matthew, Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, Shopping, Cape Shore Hiking Trail, The Dungeon
Approximately 49 minutes from Trinity
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive for 37.km (40 minutes) until you enter the town of Bonavista.
Staying on the main road, you will reach an intersection with signage for Spillar’s Cove. Turn right. this road is the northern section of route 238. Drive past the Bonavista water tower (keeping it to your right) and past the two cemeteries opposite one another.
Reach Crewe’s Garage, located on a fork in the road and continue driving straight (turning right will take you to Elliston). Drive 2.4km past Crewe’s Garage to arrive in Spillar’s Cove.
Please park your vehicle where the pavement ends and do not attempt to drive on the dirt road. This will contribute to the erosion of a geologically significant area of our peninsula and makes it difficult for hikers to proceed safely.
The Bonavista Peninsula is a loop with Route 235 serving as the opposite side of the loop to Route 230. One can either visit the communities on the way to Bonavista or on the way back from Bonavista. These directions are assuming you are visiting these communities on the way to Bonavista. We recommend you AVOID ROUTE 236. This is a dirt road and can be unfriendly to your rental vehicle.
Open Hall, Red Cliff, Tickle Cove
Approximately 40 minutes from Trinity
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn left onto Route 230 at the T intersection. Drive 25.3 km (21 minutes) to the Route 235 turn off and turn right. Drive 25.3 km (25 minutes) to reach the left turn to Open Hall (a few minutes past Plate Cove East).
To reach Red Cliff continue driving 2.4km (3 minutes)
To reach Tickle Cove continue driving 2.5km (5 minutes): The turn off in Tickle Cve to get to the sea Arch is a right hand turn just prior to the community slipway for boats. If you pass the slipway you have gone too far.
Highlights: Tickle Cove Sea Arch, Paul Dolk Photography Studio, Filming areas for Grand Seduction
King’s Cove, Duntara & Keels
Approximately 45 minutes from the Artisan Inn
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn Left onto Route 230 at the T intersection. Drive 26km (21 minutes) to the Route 235 turn off and turn right. Drive 31.6km (28 minutes) until you reach King’s Cove.
If you wish to visit Duntara, turn left at King’s Cove and Drive 5.2km (7 minutes).
If you wish to visit Keels turn left at King’s Cove and drive 8.5km (14 minutes).
Highlights: Lighthouse Hiking Trail in King’s Cove, Devil’s Foot Prints in Keels, Two Rooms Contemporary Art Gallery in Duntara.
Upper Amherst Cove
Approximately 45 minutes from the Artisan Inn.
If you are continuing your drive from communities along Route 235, continue driving 18km (18 minutes) north to Upper Amherst Cove.
If you only want to visit Upper Amherst Cove and not the other communities along Rotue 235 follow the below directions.
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive 30.4km (24 minutes) to Catalina and turn right onto Route 237.
Drive 11km (12 minutes) along Route 237. At the end of the road turn right. Drive 1.8km north (2 minutes) and turn left into Upper Amherst Cove.
This list is a selection of stunning locations you may wish to visit as you travel throughout the area. For more details and other suggested locations, consider downloading the Bonavista Geological Tour app.
10 Minutes from Trinity
Skerwink Trail Sea Stacks
Located shortly after Skerwink trail turns from the old railway bed to the cut out coastal trail, the sea stacks can be viewed early in the walk and still enjoyed by those who do not wish to walk the entire trail.
45 Minutes from Trinity
The Dungeon Provincial Park
Visit the park to stand above a collapsed sea cave with natural archways as the rough ocean waves crash in and flow out of the cave. There are many horses and cows grazing in this area.
25 Minutes from Trinity
Head to the Factory Historic Building in Port Union. In front of the building is a boardwalk with a set of steps leading down to rocks and water. During low tide, you can walk out to see various fossils embedded in the rocks.
Built from the naturally occurring rocks in the area and dug out from the hillsides, Root Cellars have put Elliston on the world map as the “Root Cellar Capital of the World.” Root cellars look somewhat like hobbit holes and various styles can be found in the area. We recommend driving past the puffin viewing site in Elliston onto Circular Rd in Maberly to view the best selection.
The only Sandy Beach on the Bonavista Peninsula is located on the way to the Puffin Viewing Site.
SPILLAR’S COVE / CABLE JOHN COVE
49 Minutes from Trinity
This area is a hidden gem. Just a few minutes by foot from the road, or accessible from the south by the Klondike Trail, Spillar’s Cove offers a landscape, largely barren of trees, with dramatic cliffs and an impressive sea stack.
40 Minutes from Trinity
The Sea Arch
This area of the Bonavista Peninsula is predominantly formed from slate. The cliffs jutting out of the ocean are pinkish purple rather than the grey you see in most areas on Eastern Newfoundland. The sea arch is located off a small road just before the community boat slipway. People often miss it. Our advice is when you overshoot it and find yourself at the end of a road looking at a rock painted like a quilt is laid upon it, turn around, see the slipway and you will notice a narrow road past it heading right. Following this road. You should see a small sign that says “Sea Arch”. We recommend walking past the viewing platform to the top of the cliffs for a great view.
60 Minutes from Trinity
The Devil’s footprints
In Keels, take a look at a geological phenomenon known as “The Devil’s Footprints”, pockets in the rocks, which, according to local folklore, are proof that the Devil walks this land at night. Keels itself is a beautiful community to stroll around and indulge one’s passion for photography.
45 Minutes from Trinity
This stunning cliff is located on the Lighthouse Trail in King’s Cove. It is an easy grade walk and you can access this lookout point after 25 minutes or so of walking.
The Trinity Bight area has become a hotspot for movie making in Newfoundland. If you do not have time to watch these films before you get here, we have copies for you to borrow from our office.
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke
Synopsis: An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. (synopsis courtesy of imbd)
Locations: This movie may be set in Nova Scotia, where the true life events took place, however, it was filmed here in Newfoundland.
Trinity: The town of Trinity was used to represent Digby, Nova Scotia in this film.
The mortuary on the road into Trinity (adjacent to the Eastern Health Building) was used as the wedding chapel where Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins’ characters wed.
Port Rexton: A scene often repeated in the movie is of Ethan Hawke (Everett Lewis) pushing Sally Hawkin’s (Maude) on his cart as they travel to and from their tiny house outside of the town and Digby. This scene was shot across from the Two Whales Coffee Shop in Port Rexton, an 8-minute drive from the Artisan Inn
Starring: Colm Meaney, Aoife McMahon
Synopsis: A four-part miniseries that follows the lives and struggles of both Irish and English families that crossed the Atlantic to start a new life in Newfoundland.
Location: New Bonaventure
Random Passage was set in the early 1800s. The set for the community where the characters reside had to be built from scratch. The location, just past the town of New Bonaventure, was selected because telephone and electrical wires could not be seen. When filming was finished the town requested that the film set be left intact so that people could visit. Even if you have not seen the series (8 hours long) or read the books, the site is well worth a visit.
Starring: Brendon Gleeson, Gordon Pinsent, Taylor Kitch, Mark Critch
Synopsis: A Newfoundland village requires a permanent town doctor in order to convince a company to set up in their area and create jobs for those left unemployed by the fishing moratorium. The village manages to convince a doctor to live in their community for a month and will stop at nothing to convince him that their small town life is one he does not want to leave.
Locations: This movie was filmed throughout various parts of the Bonavista Peninsula
New Bonaventure: Joe’s bar was built specifically for the film with the agreement that it would be disassembled once filming was done, however, the town of New Bonaventure asked to have the set left as it was, so that visitors to the area could visit the set on a tour. It does not function as an actual bar, but is used for special events such as kitchen parties from time to time. Visitors can tour the building as part of an individual pass or joint pass with the Random Passage set tour.
Tickle Cove: There is a scene in the movie when Gordon Pinsent emerges from the water in scuba gear after playing a trick on the doctor. This is filmed in front of the Tickle Cove sea arch. Whether you have watched the movie or not this geologically significant sight is worth a visit if one is driving along the scenic route 235.
Red Cliff: Red Cliff is where the Cricket Match was filmed. It is possible to wander from the town of Red Cliff to this area, however, the trail is unmarked and not part of the Hike Discovery network, so visitors may do so at their own risk.
Open Hall:This was where the house the Doctor was put up in is located.
Maberly: The scene where the Doctor is caught in the rain during a jog and finds his love interest taking cover under a stage was filmed in Maberly.
Starring: Julianne Moore, Kevin Spacey, Judy Dench, Cate Blanchette
Synopsis: The Shipping News traces one man’s extraordinary journey toward self -discovery when he returns to his ancestral home on the coast of Newfoundland. After the death of his estranged wife, Quoyle’s fortunes begin to change when his long-lost aunt convinces him and his daughter to head north. Now in a place where life is as rough as the weather and secrets are as vast as the ocean, Quoyle lands a job as a reporter for the local paper. In the course of his new career, he uncovers some dark family secrets.
Location: The Town of New Bonaventure
The Director of the Shipping news spent two years trying to find the perfect location to bring the Annie Proulx novel to the big screen. On one tour of Newfoundland, someone took him to see the set of the film Random Passage and as they passed the town of New Bonaventure he knew he had found the perfect location.
The House: Many people ask us where they can visit the house from the movie, however, it was built for the film and taken down after shooting. The house was located on an off-road from the Fort Point Lighthouse.
Fun fact: Julianne Moore stayed at the Artisan Inn in the Barbour House during the 6 weeks of filming.
Bring your imagination and join Kevin Toope as he relates the story of Trinity and its peoples; the Beothuk Indians, the French, the Irish, and the English and their contributions to a magnificent and colorful history. Through stories, historic photos, burial records, shipwrecks, and disasters you will time travel through the history of Newfoundland in the magical setting called Trinity.
Distance from Twine Loft: Walking Distance 8 minutes
RUGGED BEAUTY BOAT TOURS
This is not a whale watching or eco-tour, but an exploration of Trinity Bight’s history from Bonaventure to Ireland’s Eye. The vessel sticks to the land’s dramatic cliffs and beaches allowing passengers to spot eagles nesting and occasionally spot a whale or iceberg depending on the season.
The tour is lead by lifetime local resident Bruce Miller who tells the story of how confederation and resettlement affected smaller communities, which are now only evident from the ruins of abandoned churches, stages and sheds.
Rugged Beauty Boat Tours operates from early May to mid-late October. Avid hikers may opt to be dropped off at the community of British Harbour and hike back to New Bonaventure, passing through Kearley’s Harbour and the Random Passage Site.
Turn Left when leaving the Twine Loft. Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Drive for 1.9 Kilometers. Turn left onto Main ROad/Route 239 Drive 13.2km to New Bonaventure. Turn left once you arrive in New Bonaventure and meet Bruce at the Docks.
TUCKAMORE DISCOVERIES TOURS
While Puffins are the main focus of Jon Joy’s most popular tours, he does incorporate his knowledge of foraging techniques into the walk and visitors learn a great deal about how Newfoundlanders traditionally used various plants in their daily diets and to cure medical ailments. This becomes a larger focus of the tour during the months when puffins are not nesting near land.
The Bonavista Peninsula is a place where music, theatre and art are sewn into the fabric of our being. Here are just a few options for where to take in quality art or experience musical or theatrical performances on the Bonavista Peninsula. Many businesses and not-for-profits announce artistic events throughout the summer season. If you are interested in what is going on be sure to ask us when you register.
RISING TIDE THEATRE
There is so much to be said about Rising Tide Theatre located in Trinity that we have created its own page under our Explore Trinity. 2018 marks the 40th year anniversary of the Theatre Company. Its director, Donna Butt, has received the order of Canada for her contribution to the arts in Canada.
RISING TIDE SEASONS IN THE BIGHT THEATRE FESTIVAL: EVERY NIGHT JUNE – LATE SEPT
RISING TIDE NEWFOUNDLAND TRINITY PAGEANT: WED & SAT JULY-LABOUR DAY
RISING TIDE DINNER THEATRE: WED & SAT JULY-LABOUR DAY
ST. PAUL’S SUMMER CONERT SERIES
Come experience the exceptional beauty and incredible acoustics of St. Paul’s.
Admission: By donation, to be used for maintenance of the church
Upcoming Concert Dates: Wednesday July 7 – 7:00pm – The Scallywags (bluegrass, country / NFLD)
Wednesday July 31st – 7:00pm – Maureen and Friends: A Celebration of Newfoundland Music
Sunday August 4th – 7:30pm – The Ennis Sisters
TWINE LOFT ART EXHIBITS
The Twine Loft uses its walls to exhibit original Newfoundland art and a majority of the pieces are for sale. If you are not a guest of the inn or dining with us, you are welcome to come look at the art between 10am and 5:30pm when meal services are not taking place.
View our Art Exhibits page under our Restaurant section to learn more about featured artists.
10 Minutes from Trinity
TWO WHALES COFFEE SHOP
The Two Whales Coffee Shop doubles as a vegetarian restaurant and gallery space, featuring multiple exhibits, often of Newfoundland artists, throughout their operating season. They also host musical performances multiple times a month. To find out which artists are being featured or concert schedules, visit their website.
The English Harbour Arts Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of artistic and cultural education and the preservation of historic and cultural spaces. They are committed to operating an economically self-sustaining institution for the arts that provides learning opportunities for people of all ages and levels of artistic experience. Their multidisciplinary program includes art holidays, workshops, residencies, community outreach, special projects and public events. The English Harbour Arts Centre hosts various performances by some of Newfoundland’s most celebrated musicians including The Once, The Fortunate Ones, Matthew Byrne, The Ennis Sisters and many more.
Art Gallery, Workshops, Screening Room, Artist Residencies, Community Events
Union House Arts (UHA) is a new community artspace operated through the Sir William F. Coaker Heritage Foundation. UHA is committed to supporting work being produced by artists and craftspeople in Newfoundland and Labrador through place-specific dialogues and collaborative programming in Port Union.
Summer hours are 11-5 Thursday – Monday, until the Biennale starts August 17th. Then the schedule changes to 10am-5pm daily.
The Garrick is a multi-use, 200-seat theatre and meeting space in the Town of Bonavista. Owned and operated by the Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation, this year-round cultural facility offers comfortable theatre seating, state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment including full digital cinema, and exceptional acoustics. At The Garrick you can find the best in performing arts and film.
August 22 1:00–5:00 p.m. Union House Arts, Port Union
Boulder Kite Workshop: Join artists Meghan Price and Suzanne Nacha for an afternoon of kite making and flying. Maximum 20 participants. Register here.
If you can, please bring, scissors, ruler and pencil
Part of the workshop will be outdoors. Dress accordingly (hat and/or jacket if needed.)
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
August 23 4:00–6:00 p.m. Little Catalina Fossil Hike with geo-enthusiast Don Johnson. Maximum 20 participants. Register here.
Meet at 3:45pm at the gas station in Little Catalina (take the Little Catalina exit from Route 230)
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Entry to coastal area where fossils are present is by interpretive tour only.
Wear proper hiking footwear, no sandals.
Dress for open-country walking. It could be cool, windy, wet and/or foggy.
There are no washroom facilities. If needed, please use washroom at the the gas station before we leave.
August 23 7:00 p.m. Union House Arts, Port Union Artist talks and poetry reading with Jennifer Morgan, Meghan Price and Don McKay.
Labour Day Weekend
August 31 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Recreation Centre, Main St., Elliston Blood From a Stone: Natural dyes workshop with lichen expert Felicity Roberts. This workshop is for participants 12 years and older. Maximum 20 participants. Register here.
Please bring a small ball of wool and small glass jar. Materials can also be purchased at the workshop.
August 30 and 31, September 2 Museum of Newfound Curiosity: Food pop-up truck with chef Bob Blumer. Check this page and facebook.com/bonavistabiennale daily for times.
September 2 Time TBA Port Union Outdoor Kiln Firing with artists Michael Flaherty and Jason Holley.
August 21 and 30, September 8 2:00 p.m. Fisher’s Loft Conference Centre, Port Rexton Koop, a film by Katherine Knight on artist Wanda Koop. Fisher’s Loft Conference Centre, Port Rexton. Parking at Bishop White School on Rocky Hill Road.
Parking at Bishop White School on Rocky Hill Road.
For more information on Artisan Craft visit our page
Take the time to “Twack” as we say in Newfoundland or “Window Shop” as the rest of the world says. The Bonavista Peninsula has become a destination where Artisans come to live in tranquil beauty and produce quality made cultural-crafts, including soap made from iceberg water, locally brewed beers, knit sweaters, locally made ice cream and more. This list is focused on places where high-quality products are the focus and the artisans behind the products live in the area.
We have an entire section dedicated to what Trinity has to offer visitors looking to shop for Artisan Crafts and Eats under our EXPLORE TRINITY section. Click the link to learn about the following places
The Port Rexton Brewery served its first mason jar of beer in July of 2016 and has quickly become one of the most popular destinations on our peninsula and the island. Located in a renovated schoolhouse on Station Road, the brewery not only serves up a variety of beers including IPAs, Saisons and Porters but also serves as a bar and hangout area. Please note that there is not currently a taxi service in the Trinity Bight Area, so please drink responsibly.
Sweet Rock Icecream has locations in both Bonavista and Trinity. The Bonavita location also sells a selection of Aunt Sarah’s Chocolates. We won’t lie though, the view from Sweet Rock’s Trinity Location can’t be beaten.
Tree Line Fine Art and Craft is a craft retail shop and studio, owned by Morgaine Parnham, a textile artist from Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. Tree Line focuses on showcasing the finest emerging craftspeople from around the province. The space is also used as Morgaine’s weaving studio and she creates craft on site.
This list does not include everyone on the Peninsula as new artisans are appearing in the area every season. The Artisan Inn staff will be happy to provide you with a complete overview once you check in.
The Bonavista Peninsula is one of the few places in North America where you can get up close to a puffin colony, without having to get on a boat, although, you can do that too if you wish.
ELLISTON: BIRD ISLAND
Bird Island is one of the best places to view Puffins from land in Newfoundland. It’s location is accessible free of cost, but we encourage our visitors to contribute a small amount to the donation box as there is some infrastructure and upkeep required for the site and area.
When you arrive at the Puffin site, there is a 5-minute walk from the road to the cliff that faces the island where to Puffins nest. Depending on the time of the day, their mood and the size of the crowd, the puffins may fly to your side of the cliffs.
Elliston has become very popular with visitors. If you would like to experience the puffins in a less crowded environment, we suggest taking a tour with Tuckamore Discovery Tours, or ask the Artisan Inn Staff when you check in where some other, more locally known, spots to view puffins are.
For directions to Elliston from Trinity please visit our page
Information about puffins from Canadian Geographic:
The Atlantic Puffin is a pigeon-sized sea bird, the smallest species of puffin. Their black head, back and wings contrast sharply with their white underside, while their blue, orange and yellow beaks and bright orange feet give them a splash of colour.
Puffins are poor fliers and evolution has not yet helped them to develop a graceful landing strategy. While not as useful in the air, their wings make them excellent underwater swimmers.
Puffins live for the majority of the year at sea, but come to land to breed and burrow on the Bonavista Peninsula between late May and late August. Puffins normally keep the same mate and burrow from year to year and, on average, live for up to 20 years.