2020 Fall Trinity & Surrounding Area Travel Guide

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 info@trinityvacations.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.

TRINITY

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 info@trinityvacations.com. 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 

The Hiscock House

The Ryan Shop / Mercantile Premises in Trinity

St. Paul’s & Holy Trinity Churches

GUIDED HISTORY TOUR

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

The Experience:

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 TheatreTERESE’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 Eco Tours: Whale watching, Kayaking and ATV tours available. 709-464-3712

BEACHES IN TRINITY

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.

PORT REXTON 

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.

HIKING

Skerwink Trail: See our Hiking and Walking Page for details on this hike

FIFTEEN  MINUTES FROM TRINITY

CHAMPNEY’S WEST

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.

HIKING:

Fox Island Trail: See our HIKING AND WALKING GUIDE for more details

 

TWENTY MINUTES FROM TRINITY:

FORT POINT LIGHTHOUSE ROUTE 239

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)

HISTORY

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.

WHERE TO HIKING

Murphy’s Cove Trail: See our HIKING AND WALKING GUIDE for more details

WHERE TO EAT

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

HIKING

Klondike Trail: See our HIKING AND WALKING GUIDE for more details

FIFTY MINUTES FROM TRINITY: BONAVISTA

WHERE TO EAT

Little Dairy King: Open Daily, 11:00 am – 8:00pm. Unsure of closing date. 709-468-2820 (last updated September 16)

PK’s Restaurant: Open daily, 9:00am- 9:00pm. Takeout or eat in. Limited space, reservations not required but recommended. 709-468-2828 (last updated September 16)

Mary Browns: Daily 11:30am – 8:00pm 709-468-5444 

Robins Coffee Shop: Open daily from 6:00am – 9:00pm. 

Subway: Open daily 10:00 am – 8:00pm. 

Walkham’s Gate Pub & Cafe: Pub open this fall, cafe closed 709-468-7004 (Last updated September 16)

WHAT TO DO

Mockbegger Plantation: Open daily 9:30-5 closed from 1-2 for Lunch. Closing Oct 9th

THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANTS AND SITES HAVE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON OR DID NOT OPEN IN 2020 

TRINITY

Eriksen Premises & Craft Store Closed

Trinity Cabins: Closed for 2020

A & K Catering/Trinity Catering: Closed for the season

Craft Store ( The Lester Garland Building): Closed

PORT REXTON

Fisher’s Loft Closed

NEW BONAVENTURE

Random Passage Tea Room closed

ROUTE 230 near CHAMPNEY’S WEST

Fishing Stage Takeout closed

ELLISTON

The Puffin Cafe: Closed for the season

Nanny’s Root Cellar Kitchen: Closed for the season but will reopen for Roots Rants and Roars. 709-468-5050

BONAVISTA

Ragged Rocks Gastropub: Closing Sept 20th

Mifflin’s Tea Room: Closing Sept 19th 

The Quintal Cafe: Closed Fall 2020

The Boreal Diner: Closed Fall 2020

Sea Breeze Take Out: Closed Fall 2020

Bonavista Bicycle Picnics & Cafe: Closed Fall 2020 

Moreish Cupcakes & Treats: No information at this time. 709-476-2440

Skippers Cafe: Closed for the Season

Baie Vista Restaurant: Closed for the Season

Matthew Legacy Centre closed for 2020

The Ryan Premises Closed for 2020

UPPER AMHERST COVE

Bonavista Social Club: Closed for the Season

KEELS

Maudie’s Tea Room: Closed Fall 2020

 

 

Photo Tour of Trinity

Wondering what you will see on a stroll through Trinity?

Couple checks map for directions in Trinity
Sara Monika Photography

UPON ARRIVAL

This is the scene that welcomes you when you arrive in Trinity. The below scene has appeared in publications around the world including The New York Times and USA Today. It is one of the most coveted shots on a trip through Newfoundland.  The houses in the picture below include the Artisan Inn’s Twine Loft, Barbour House, Gover House, Cove Cottage, Campbell House and Nathaniel House. Visit our getting here section for directions to Trinity if this is a must have shot for you.

GETTING HERE

View of Artisan Inn and Vacation Homes in Trinity Newfoundland
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Visit in the Summer when the wildflowers are in full bloom.

Late October in Trinity Newfoundland
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Taken in Late October when the light in Trinity has a more golden touch and the dogberries are at their best. Read our September and October Guide if you plan to stay during the Fall.

Pack Ice in front of Artisan Inn
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Visit during the Spring months of May or June to watch for ice. Read our May and June Guide to plan your trip at this time.

STUNNING PANORAMIC VIEWS

Trinity Newfoundland by Sara Monika

View of Trinity from Gun Hill Trail.

Photographer: Marieke Gow

View of Trinity Harbour from Sweet Rock Ice Cream. Learn about Sweet Rock and other local shops in our Shop Artisan Crafts and Eats Section.

Photographer: Marieke Gow

View overlooking Gun Hill, Trinity and Fisher Cove from Sweet Rock Ice Cream.

SUNSETS NOT TO BE MISSED

a two-story white salt box house and wooden deck sit in front of a calm cove while a pink sunset reflects in the water.
Photographer: Marieke Gow

View of sunset from Artisan Inn’s Campbell House.  Gover House is the vacation Home featured in the shot.

Photographer: Marieke Gow

View of Sunset from Gover House Vacation Home deck.

a boat in the sunset
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Sunset over Trinity’s Fisher Cove.

Sunset in Trinity
Photographer: Marieke Gow

View of sunset from Cambell House overlooking Gover House and Fisher Cove.

SPRING ICE

To learn about what activities are possible during May and June in Trinity and around the Bonavista Peninsula, read our May and June Guide.

Waterside deck Trinity
Photographer: Marieke Gow

During certain years pack ice makes its way into Trinity Harbour and Fisher Cove. This shot is taken from the second floor of the Twine Loft.

wooden deck chairs on a large wooden deck overlook Trinity Harbour which is full of chunks of sea ice. The cliffs of Skerwink hide behind the fog in the distance
Photographer: Marieke Gow

View of Trinity Harbour from the deck of Admiral’s Lookout Vacation Home.

Icebergs in front of a deck
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Even on the mauzy days there are breathtaking scenes all around. This was the Twine Loft deck in early June

Bergy Bit in Trinity Harbour
Photographer: Marieke Gow

A small piece of iceberg floats in Trinity Harbour on a sunny May morning.

Photographer: Marieke Gow

A late arriving iceberg grounded itself outside Trinity Harbour for weeks in 2014.

SUMMER FLOWERS

Twine Loft Trinity Newfoundland
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Daisies and honeysuckles line streets and hillsides of Trinity.

Lupins in Trinity
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Lupins bloom in Mid-July.

Photographer: Marieke Gow

Lilacs and Lupins welcome guests to Cove Cottage Vacation Home

Photographer: Marieke Gow

 SUNRISES WORTH AN EARLY START

Sun Rising over Trinitys 2 churches
Photographer: Marieke Gow

This shot was taken during a May morning next to Nathaniel House Vacation Home.

Sunrise over Trinity, Newfoundland
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Taken from behind Artisan Inn’s Campbell House, the building where Fisher Cove Room and Fort Point Room are located.

OLD WORLD CHARM AND NEWFOUNDLAND ARCHITECTURE

Photographer: Marieke Gow

Learn about St. Paul’s church in our Historic Sites sections

Aunt Sarah's Choloate lit up for Trinity's Fall Festival
Kathy Stacey Photography

Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate is one of many businesses to convert Trinity’s historic buildings into a shopping experience.

Photographer: Marieke Gow

Salt Box Houses line the streets of Trinity

Photographer: Sara Monika

Trinity Harbour is where Trinity’s various whale watching tours depart from. This shot was taken from the deck of Admiral’s Lookout.

Traditional Architecture in Trinity
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Admiral’s Lookout and Grant’s Stage are both registered heritage structures.

Gover House is a saltbox house built in 1840
Photographer: Marieke Gow

White picket fences are found all over Trinity. This one leads to the beach in front of Gover House.

a large woodpile in Trinity
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Despite electric heating being available many residents prefer to heat their homes with a wood stove.

Photographer Mark Colbert

Artisan Inn’s Campbell House is an 1840s registered heritage structure.  It was the orginial building that the Artisan Inn’s owner Tineke Gow started her buisness with in 1992.  Learn about the history of the Artisan Inn.

Fall leaves in Trinity
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Fall Colours and picket fences.  Read our September and October Guide to find out what can be done at this time of the year.

Blacksmith working at the forge
Photographer: Marieke Gow

The town of Trinity has two certified blacksmiths working in the town’s historic Green Family Forge.

 

Photographer: Marieke Gow

Despite living with modern amenities many residents prefer drying their laundry on the line.

GUN HILL TRAIL

Gun Hill Trail can be walked during any season. Late August and September offer of delicious berries and then their leaves turn a fiery red.  Walk along the water, through the woods or stand at the top of the world.

A hand full of blueberries
Photographer: Sara Monika
Photographer: Sara Monika / Hop Scotch the Globe

A fine spot for berry picking during late August and September.

Red blueberry bushes
Photographer: Marieke Gow

October Colours on the trail.

A wooden staircase leading through the woods
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Escape everything and walk through the woods.

Photographer: Marieke Gow

Reward yourself with a stunning view from the top.

LET IT SNOW

We are not open November through April, but why not let you enjoy the pictures?

Woodpile covered in snow
Photographer: Marieke Gow

A woodpile sits in front of Trinity Harbour.

Rising Tide Theatre Trinity
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Ryan Shop, Rising Tide Theatre and the Cooperage.

Winter in Trinity Artisan Inn Buildings
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Artisan Inn after a snowstorm.

A house with picket fence after the snow
Photographer: Marieke Gow

Trinity Architecture pops in the Winter weather.

 

Photo Credits:
Photos featured on this page were taken by Mark Colbert, Sara Monika and Marieke Gow.  If someone wishes to download one of these photos for use on a website, blog, other social media or print materials they must first contact Marieke Gow mgow@trinityvacations.com to seek permission.

May 2021 Trinity Visitor Guide

Pack Ice in front of Artisan Inn
Marieke Gow Photography

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 info@trinityvacations.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

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.

Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate (Also serving Sweet Rock Ice Cream)Located in Trinity. The current planned opening date is the Victoria Day Weekend.

Art’s GalleryLocated 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)

Craft Shop at Lester Garland Building: Due to Covid-19 opening dates are not currently certain, but this shop should be opening around the Victoria Day Weekend.

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
5.3km Loop
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
5.5km Loop
Approximately 2 hours

Murphy’s Cove Trail – Moderate
7.7km Loop
Approximately 3 hours

Cape Shore Trail – Easy
3.5 km One-way
Approximately 1 hour One-way

Lighthouse Trail – Easy
3.5km outside loop, 1.7km inside loop
Approximately 1.5 hours Outside Loop, 45 minutes Inside Loop

Klondike Trail – Easy
3.0 km One-way
Approximately 1 hour One-way

DETAILED INFORMATION ON HIKING TRAILS

Places to Visit During Day Trips from Trinity

Detailed driving directions to these sites are outlined in the multi-day itinerary you will be provided upon check-in.

Dungeon Provincial Park – Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Spillar’s Cove Sea Stack – Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Tickle Cove Sea Arch – Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Fort Point Lighthouse and Beach

Horsechops – English Harbour

Elliston Root Cellars Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Sealer’s Memorial Statue in Elliston

John Cabot Statue in Bonavista

Bonavista Lighthouse

Port Union Fossils Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Bonavista Biennale Exhibit in King’s Cove: Upside Down Trees

For information about the geological attractions listed above, visit our page

GEOLOGICAL WONDERS

Take in the Architecture of Trinity

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.

Visit our PHOTO TOUR OF TRINITY page to find out what you will see during a stroll around town.

Learn More about MOVIE SETS AND LOCATIONS in Trinity Bight

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.

Atlantic Puffins in Newfoundland
Puffins by Paul Dolk: To purchase this print visit Paul Dolk’s Website

 

 

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Eat and Drink in Trinity

DINING

TWINE LOFT FINE DINING

Traditional Fishers storage shed converted into Twine Loft restaurant
Photo Credit Sara Monika

2020: The Twine Loft will be open Wednesdays-Sundays this fall. Serving at 6pm Wed & Thursday-Sunday and 7pm on Friday.  Should enough people request a particular Monday or Tuesday we may open.   Dinners may come early for drinks on the waterside deck or at their table prior to dinner commencing.

Potential hours in 2021: Clients enjoy a table d’hôte menu prepared before their eyes by local cooks in the open concept kitchen. The menu changes on a daily basis, so it is best to call ahead.  Diners will often be offered a choice between two main courses.  A pre-theatre seating begins at 5:30pm every night and the evening sitting at 7:45pm.  Reservations are recommended. During May and October one sitting is offered at 7pm.

The Twine Loft is recommended by “Where to Eat in Canada 2016-2017”  and is #1 of 5 Restaurants in Trinity on Tripadvisor.  Most guests of the Artisan Inn book their tables when reserving their accommodations, sometimes a year in advance of their arrival.  If you would like the Twine Loft to be part of your Trinity experience, we recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible.  A reservation request form is available in our booking section.   

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RESTAURANT AND MENUS

In the Press

Simple Bites Blog: Family Travel in Newfoundland Canada

Sara Monika: Top 5 Things to Do in Newfoundland

Katie Goldie: The Wild Newfoundland and Labrador

Alex in Wonderland: A Newfoundland Baycation in Trinity

TRINITY MERCANTILE COFFEE SHOP

A great place to stop for a well-made soup and sandwich.  The Mercantile roasts its own coffee in-house and even smokes its own salmon in-house.  The Mercantile is mostly open 8am-4pm, however, during the height of the summer months, they sometimes extend their hours.

SWEET ROCK ICECREAM

Head up to Hog’s Nose for great artisan ice cream and a fantastic view of Trinity.  Sorbet is available for those who cannot have lactose.

Waffle Cones and ice cream from Sweet Rock

THE DOCK MARINA

The Dock Marina serves up typical family-friendly fare including fish and chips, burgers, pasta and so on. Take out is also an option you may wish to avail of if you are staying in one of our vacation homes.

SKIPPER BOB’S

Skipper Bobs offers a small dining room open for breakfast and lunch with some typical home cooking comfort food like moose bolognese or fish cakes.

SOPHIA’S

Located in the Eriksen Premises, Sophia’s is open for lunch and evening meal service with a similar menu selection to the Dock Marina.

WHERE TO DRINK IN TRINITY

White deck chairs overlook an icy cove in Trinity

THE TWINE LOFT

The Twine Loft is the main building and dining room for the Artisan Inn, built directly over the water.  While the Twine Loft is not a bar, a Happy Hour service is available to the public from 3-5pm daily.  Guest can choose between drinking on the waterside deck during nicer days (blankets are available for chillier one’s) or in the upstairs loft above the dining room.  During Happy Hour special pricing is offered on many of our drinks including wines by the glass, locally made beers and mixed drinks.  

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Hiking: Gun Hill Trail

UPPER & LOWER GUN HILL TRAIL

Photo Credit: Sarah Monika Photography

Easy (very top can be difficult)
2km Lower Gun Hill Trail (loop)
1km Upper Gun Hill Trail
1-2 Hours to complete both trails

The Experience:

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.  

The view from the top of Gun Hill shows a whale tail shaped area of land surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean

The Lower Trail (a loop) can be started behind the Eastern Health Clinic or Rising Tide Theatre and helps you to feel as though you could be in the middle of nowhere.  Parts of the trail are completely inland while other parts hug Trinity Harbour.  Walkers may also decide to take a side path to Tavener’s Point, lined with beaches on either side.

A wooden staircase leads walkers through the trees
Marieke Gow Photography

During the summer, the trails are coloured with white purple pink and blue lupins and during the fall one can spend many peaceful hours picking wild flavorful blueberries from the hill’s many patches.  

Directions from the Artisan Inn’s Twine Loft: Turn Left when leaving the Twine Loft and walk to the Royal Bank. This is a 2-minute walk.  The path is marked and begins behind the bank.  A large map of the trail (both upper and lower) is located in the town parking lot by the Rising Tide Theatre.  

Additional Links

Gun Hill Trail on Hike Discovery Site & Map Link

In the Press: Four great hill hikes in Eastern Newfoundland

CLICK HERE FOR OTHER HIKING TRAILS ON THE BONAVISTA PENINSULA

 

Shop Artisan Crafts and Eats

Trinity Crafts, Photo Credit: Kathy Stacy

The following locations are spots where product is being made right here in Trinity and the Artisans themselves, can often be found for a chat.

Mirabella by Elizabeth Burry Studios

Mirabella Jewlery Shop
Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Burry

A seaside shop run by artist and jewelry maker Elizabeth Burry. Mirabella specializes in original art, Elizabeth Burry Jewelry and the pieces of other well known jewelry makers throughout Canada 

Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Shop

Adam and Sarah left their lives in Toronto to run a chocolate shop in the small town of Trinity.  Be sure to stop by for a bag (or 2 or 3) of these amazing chocolates or for a cup of Italian Hot Chocolate with Roasted Marsh Mellows.  

Additional Links: Video: Trinity Chocolate Maker

Aunt Sarah's Chocolate Shop

Trinity Mercantile Coffee

From time to time you may notice a certain toasty aroma wafting through the air in Trinity.  When this happens it means that Ian White is roasting a fresh batch of coffee beans for his various blends of Trinity Mercantile Coffee.  Sip a cup in his shop while enjoying the salmon he smokes in-house, or purchase a bag as a souvenir from your trip.

Trinity Mercantile Coffee Shop

The Cooperage

One of the various historic sites of Trinity (This site does require a pass from the visitor centre), The Cooperage is where you will find Lester Cooper working away to produce traditional fisherman’s lunch boxes, children’s toys and practical items like wooden door stops.   

The Craft Shop at the Lester Garland Building

While located in one of the Trinity Historic Sites, visitors may go straight to the craft shop without purchasing a historic sites pass. This shop is careful to carry item only made in Newfoundland including soaps, spices, art and select items from the Forge and Cooperage.  

Sweet Rock Ice Cream

View of Trinity Harbour and town

Located in the area of Trinity known as Hog’s Nose, Sweet Rock Ice Cream not only offers one of the best views in Trinity, but decadent ice cream made from local ingredients.  If you are Lactose intolerant you can enjoy their sorbet of the day.  

Hiscock House – Trinity Crafts

Locally knit sweaters, hats, mitts and even teddy bears line the shelves of this shop.  These items are sure to keep you warm when standing on the windy cliff trying to catch a glimpse of a whale or puffin.

The Green Family Forge

The Green Family Forge does come with an entrance fee, however, it is well worth a visit.  This is not just a historic site, but a living museum where our two local and professionally trained blacksmith make coat hooks, pot racks, candle holders and more.  Some of these items are available at the Lester Garland Building Craft Shop which can be entered without paying the historic sites entrance fee.

Coat hooks and candle holders made in the forge
Marieke Gow Photography

Iceberg and Whale Tours

Marieke Gow Photography

Tour Companies Located in Trinity

Trinity is one of the best areas in Newfoundland and Labrador to hop on a whale watching tour and have once in a lifetime experience with the Humpback Whales and other species that come to our area to feed on capelin during the summer months. To see daily records of whale sightings around the Trinity area CLICK HERE.  

Early in the season during the months of May and June, visitors may also have the opportunity to experience icebergs up close.

Large Iceberg on the Bonavista Peninsula
Iceberg: To purchase this print visit Paul Dolks Website. See the dot in the water to the far right of this photo is Paul’s boat.

By Fall, the Humpbacks have normally departed, however, the waters are teaming with other species including Sperm Whales, Blue Fin Tuna, superods of White Sided Dolphins and the occasional pod of Orcas. Birds including Gannets, Puffins and Bald Eagles often appear on the tours.

Please keep in mind that we can never predict or guarantee nature. Some years whales and icebergs arrive later or earlier than expected.

Sea of Whales Adventure  

Vessel Type: Zodiac
Phone: 1-709-464-2200
Address: 1 Ash’s Lane
Walking Distance from the Twine Loft – 2 minutes                                                                          

Top-Rated Boat Tour in Trinity on Trip Advisor

Watch a Mug Up to Remember with Sea of Whales

Atlantic Adventures                                                                                                                                  

Vessel Type: Trawll’r’sailer
Phone:1-709-464-2133
Address: 1 Dock Lane
Walking distance from the Twine Loft – 6 minutes     

Trinity Eco Tours   

Vessel Type: Zodiac
Phone: 1-709-464-3712
Address: 1 Stoneman’s Lane
Walking distance from the Twine Loft:  4 minutes

                                     

Marieke Gow Photography

 

 Thank you to Paul Dolk, whose photography studio is located in Open Hall on Route 235 for allowing us to share his work.   Visit his website Paul Dolk Photography

 

Historic Sites and Tours

Did you know that Trinity was where  Jon Clinch, a childhood friend of Edward Jenner, introduced the smallpox vaccine to the New World?  What about the fact that the first court of justice in North America was established when Sir Richard Whitbourne held the first Court of Admiralty in Trinity in 1615?  These and many other historically significant stories of Trinity and its harbour are ones we love to tell in a variety of ways.

TRINITY HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS

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. 

Kevin’s tour runs 6 days a week and begins at 10am at the end of Clinch’s Lane (less than 10 minutes by foot from the Twine Loft) and departs rain or shine.  The tour usually ends in the same location at 12pm.   

Additional Links                                                                                          

Trinity Historical Walking Tours Website

Trip Advisor Reviews

Getting There

Distance from Twine Loft:  Located on CLinch’s Lane, Walking Distance 8 minutes

THE NEWFOUNDLAND TRINITY PAGEANT

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, Newfoundland and Labrador’s history takes to the streets for Rising Tide Theatre’s New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant, a walking tour of the town led by actors portraying a few of the more outrageous characters from the not-too-distant past.

This play typically starts running in early July and ends Labour Day Weekend

Rising Tide Theatre Website

HISTORIC SITES PASS

Go to the green visitor’s centre on West Street where passes are sold for both Provincial and Municipal Sites. Visit the sites throughout the day at your own leisure (they are all within walking distance of each other and the inn) Within the sites interpreters will answer questions you may have about the sites’ significance in the area.  

Trinity Historic Sites Information Centre

Lester Garland Building

Lester-Garland House provides a visible means of interpreting the historic links between Poole (and the hinterland region known as Wessex) and Trinity (and the northeast coast of Newfoundland), the role of Trinity as a centre of trade and commerce in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and especially of the culture that sprang from these linkages and associations.

The Ryan Shop Mercantile Premises

This is where fishermen came from all over the Bight to trade their fish for supplies, and where the Lester-Garlands kept track of their fortune.

 

The Hiscock House

Emma Hiscock’s life spanned a time when Trinity’s heyday as a centre for the salt fish trade was in the past, but it was still the place where everyone from all over the Bight came to do their shopping. Restored to 1910, today Emma’s house is a snapshot of life in this period and tells the story of how Emma kept up a genteel life for herself and her six children after her husband drowned in the 1890s.

The Green Family Forge

The blacksmith in Trinity played a vital role in producing equipment and tools necessary for the fishery in Trinity.  This is not just a historic site, but a living museum where our two local and professionally trained blacksmith make coat hooks, pot racks, candle holders and more.  

 

The Cooperage

The Cooperage, a location where barrels were traditionally made, played a major part in Trinity’s Fishing Heritage. Today it serves as a living museum where our local Cooper can be found working on products like fisherman’s lunch pails and wooden children’s toys.

The Trinity Museum

This building houses many of the artifacts reflecting life in Trinity,  collected by the Trinity Historical Society over the years.

Fort Point Lighthouse

Fort Point, also known as Admiral’s Point, offers a fantastic view of Trinity.  This is where a British fortification once stood (cannons can still be seen) 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.  

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

It is believed that St. Paul’s was built by either Caleb Marshall or James Harvey of St. John’s. The wooden church with its arched windows, chancel, side aisles, and tower with a spire is an excellent example of Gothic Revival architecture in outport Newfoundland during the nineteenth century.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

This is said to be the oldest standing wooden Catholic Church in Newfoundland.  The church never had electricity installed and has the feeling of a dollhouse inside.  

Rising Tide Theatre

RISING TIDE THEATRE

Rising Tide Theatre is located just a few minutes walk from the Artisan Inn’s buildings.  Evening performances are offered most days of the week and the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant on Wednesdays and Saturdays is not to be missed!

To ensure guests receive the most up to date information on scheduling, availability and possible changes to performance times, guests are encouraged to book their theatre tickets directly with Rising Tide Theatre.  Performance Schedules are often released in late May.

This Marvelous Terrible Place by Rising Tide Theatre
Photo Courtesy of Rising Tide Theatre

EVENING PERFORMANCES: SEASONS IN THE BIGHT THEATRE FESTIVAL

All summer long Rising Tide Theatre presents a festival of evening performances relating to Newfoundland life and culture. Many well known Newfoundland actors including This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ Mark Critch, Come From Away’s Patrina Bromly, River Head’s Larry Barry and all three members of the Newfoundland Trio The Once, have been part of the cast of this theatre festival.  Some of our favourite plays include: This Marvellous Terrible Place, West Moon, No Man’s Land and Saltwater Moon.

The Twine Loft Restaurant offers a pre-theatre sitting starting at 5:30 for plays starting at 7:30pm or later. Regrettably the Twine Loft is unable to accommodate guests trying to get to the 7pm play.

Evening performances typically run between early June to late September.

THE NEW FOUNDE LANDE TRINITY PAGEANT

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, history comes alive in the streets with The New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant, a walking tour of the town led by actors portraying a few of the more outrageous characters from the not-too-distant past.  

The Pageant typically starts running in early July and ends Labour Day Weekend.

Dinner Theatre
Photo Courtesy of Rising Tide Theatre

DINNER THEATRE

On Wednesday and Saturday evenings, Rising Tide Theatre offers an evening dinner theatre at 5:30.  Once dinner is served to visitors in the main theatre the actors take to the stage with a combination of theatrical skits and musical acts exhibiting Newfoundland’s rich culture.

Dinner Theatre typically starts running in early July and ends Labour Day Weekend.

Additional Links:

Visit Rising Tide’s Website

Watch Eastlink’s Discovery NL episode on Rising Tide Theatre

History of Trinity Harbour

“Trinity charms visitors on at least two accounts. Many newcomers are struck by the natural beauty of the area, a magnificent harbour and the splendid maritime setting. Others are touched by a powerful sense of history (Old Worldliness) and the pride of place instilled by the cultural landscape. Trinity is a community whose personality has been largely shaped by the sea. The harbour has been proclaimed as one of the best in Newfoundland, even one of the finest in the world. The harbour not only provided abundant shelter and good holding ground, but was also spacious. It was once claimed to hold the entire British Navy.

Trinity Harbour has provided access to and refuge from the North Atlantic since the early 16th century when it was first used by European fishermen. West Countrymen from England began using it as a summer station in the migratory fishery in the 1570s, and in 1615 Richard Whitbourne (later Sir Richard) held a Court of the Admiralty, the first of its kind in the New World. Since then Trinity has been the scene of many other significant historical events.”

-The above is an excerpt from Gordon Handcock’s “The Story of Trinity”, a publication of the Trinity Historical Society

The Merchants from Poole

In the early Newfoundland fishery  the most prominent merchants were from the seaport of Poole, Dorset, England.  Ships sailed from Poole to Newfoundland with salt and provisions, then carried dried and salted fish to Europe and then returned to Poole with wine, olive oil, and salt.

In the late 16-hundreds Poole merchants had settled in Bay Verds [now Bay de Verde] near Old Perlican on the east side of Trinity Bay.  However, the harbour of Old Perlican is broad and open and not easily defended.  Under Pierre Le Moyne D’Iberville the French attacked and burned many of the buildings in 1697. Fearing further attacks through the early 1700s the Taverners, who were prominent  Poole merchants, relocated their major premises to Trinity’s safer harbour.

The Lesters were also a Poole merchant family and were related, through marriage,  to the Taveners.  They established at Trinity in the 1750s. As well they were  prominent in a number of other communities in Trinity Bay buying Newfoundland codfish and providing settlers with supplies and provisions. They also employed many men cutting wood, trapping furs, and sealing. By 1793 Benjamin Lester owned 20 ships, the largest fleet operated by an English-Newfoundland merchant in the eighteenth century. Benjamin’s daughter Amy married George Garland and, with time, George Garland assumed more direct responsibility for the trade. After 1819, the firm became George Garland and Sons.

The end of the Napoleonic Wars and the conclusion of the War of 1812 ended Britain’s monopoly over the Newfoundland fisheries. Poole’s Newfoundland trade decreased  and, within a decade, most merchants had ceased trading.  George Garland operated his business until 1825.

The Ryan Brothers

The Garland buildings were leased to various firms until 1900 when the Ryan Brothers acquired the site and operated until 1952. James and Dan Ryan belonged to the Bonavista family of Ryan  merchants.   Under the management of their youngest brother Edmund the firm’s chief goal,  in Trinity, was to profit from supplying Trinity and Conception Bay schooners that were  involved in the Labrador fishery. The Garland/Ryan store in Trinity was one of the first Ryan buildings to be restored during the present era of historic reconstruction.  Visitors to the Bonavista Peninsula can now view many Ryan buildings,  some of which have been only recently restored.

Trinity Harbour Modern History

a young girl watching a fishing boat being built
As a child the Artisan Inn’s manager Marieke would watch boats being built in the Vokey Shipyard.

During periods up until the late 1980’s Trinity was sustained largely by aspects of the fisheries and business families such as the Vokey shipbuilders and  Bartlett’s Plumbing and Electrical. However, outport Newfoundland fell on hard times with the close of the cod fishery in 1992. During the following decade, ships were built, in Trinity, for a newly emerging crab fishery and there was diversification in the rural economy.  Today tourism has replaced the shipbuilding industry as the main economic driver in the area.