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.
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.
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.
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.
There are many places to visit on the island of Newfoundland, however, few places have the density and diversity of experiences that Trinity Bight and the Bonavista Peninsula offers. Trinity is ideally situated for exploring surrounding communities for half-day and full day trips including Port Rexton, Port Union, Elliston, Bonavista, New Bonaventure, Upper Amherst Cove and more. Use this section to plan your trips and activities while staying in one of the Artisan Inn’s rooms or vacation homes in Trinity.
Please be advised that there is a shortage of rental cars during peak season. Verify that you can rent a car before you commit to reservations.
Public transportation is limited in the area. There is a taxi system to get you to the Bonavista Peninsula, however, once on the Peninsula, there is no system to get you around the Peninsula.
GETTING TO TRINITY
Please be advised that there are two towns of Trinity in Newfoundland. Our Trinity is located in the Eastern Region of Newfoundland and Labrador on the Bonavista Peninsula. This area is also known by its destination route name, The Discovery Trail. When searching online, please make sure you are searching TRINITY, TRINITY BAY.
The other Trinity is located in Central Newfoundland and is Trinity, Bonavista Bay
Trinity is located 1 hour from The Trans Canada Highway/Highway 1
1. 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.
2. Drive 50.8km along Route 230 and turn right onto Route 239
3. After 3km you will see a large bay of blue and white buoys (this is a mussel farm)
4. There is a left-hand turn after this bay that leads into the historic town of Trinity.
GETTING TO THE ARTISAN INN
Once you have reached the Royal Bank you will take a sharp hairpin right turn The Twine Loft is the second building on the right located behind a green building called the Barbour House. All guests must register at the Twine Loft (self-check-in is not an option for vacation homes) and our staff will bring you to your reserved room or house.
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.
Discover the many reasons why Trinity is the perfect place to stay while exploring Eastern Newfoundland’s Bonavista Peninsula. Trinity is one of the most walk-able town’s of Newfoundland, taking only 25 minutes to stroll the circumference of the town with various white-picket fence lined streets criss-crossing throughout its centre. The majority of attractions and activities are located on the opposite end of town to the Artisan Inn’s accommodations, allowing our guests to take advantage of the peace and quiet of an out-port community while being only a few minutes away by foot from Rising Tide Theatre, whale watching, historic sites and shopping.
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.