September and October Guide

A hand full of blueberries, Sara Monika Photography

Why visit Newfoundland during the Fall?

We’ll be honest, it’s unlikely you’ll spot an iceberg on a fall visit and humpback whales may not be as numerous should you decide to visit Newfoundland during the months of September and October.  These iconic giants certainly make Newfoundland special, but they are not what makes Newfoundland unique.  That would be the Newfoundlanders themselves and the dramatic landscape we call home. We can guarantee that Newfoundland charm, hospitality and countless accents are always in full force no matter what time of the year you visit.  Fall offers an added bonus of berries, ripe for the picking, stunning sunsets and world-class trails shared with fewer people.

Use this guide to better plan your Fall trip to Trinity, Newfoundland and the Bonavista Peninsula.

Photo Credit: Sarah Monika Photography

ACTIVITIES IN SEPTEMBER

With the exception of the two activities in the below section, the majority of activities, shops and restaurants continue operating as they did in July and August.

We suggest you use our EXPLORE TRINITY and the other sections of BONAVISTA PENINSULA ACTIVITIES to plan your trip for this time.

Closures after Labour Day Weekend

Rising Tide Theatre finishes both Dinner Theatre and the Trinity Pageant performances on Labour Day Weekend, however, continues with evening performances through the first half of September.

FALL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

BonRexton Granfondo (cycling event) – September 10th 2022

The BonRexton Granfondo is a celebration of Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique culture, cuisine and topography.

With roads hugging rugged coastlines throughout one hundred and thirty beautiful kilometres, BonRexton Granfondo riders will roll through small communities which boast hundreds of years steeped in seafaring history as well as modern cultural innovations. Riders pass towns revitalized by breweries, coffee shops, artist studios and world-class tourism amenities.

This ride is fully supported, with a roveing mechanic and multiple first aid patrolling the course throughout the day. Riders will finish off at the school for a reception, followed later on by drinks at the Brewery.

Visit the BonRexton GrandFondo website for details on the race and registration.

 

Trinity’s Fort to Forge 10km Run – September 24th 2022

If you travel to race, September is the perfect time to visit Trinity, which hosts a 10km & 5km coastal run (or walk for those who prefer) from the Fort Point Lighthouse to the Green Family Forge.  The money raised from registration is usually split between two organizations.  In  2022 YAC (Young Adults with Cancer) and the Trinity Fire Department will be the recipients of the funds raised.  Register for Fort to Forge.

Roots Rants and Roars Food Festival September 16th & 17 2022

This 2-day culinary festival takes place in Elliston and has been ranked amongst the top food festivals in Canada, so book your tickets and accommodations early. The festival is comprised of 3 events.

Cod Wars

This event, hosted on Friday evening, challenges Newfoundland Chefs to create an inspiring dish from the Newfoundland staple of Cod Fish.  Festival-goers vote on their favourite dish, which they sample while being entertained by some of Newfoundland’s best bands.

The Food Hike

Some of Canada’s Top Chefs fly to Newfoundland to participate in this daytime event.  Participants walk along sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and quaint root cellars, stopping every half kilometre to be served Newfoundland inspired dishes by one of these top chefs.   Each chef is usually accompanied by a Newfoundland musician to provide a soundtrack to the moment.

The Feast

Canadian and Newfoundland Chefs team up to create a multi-course meal (usually 7 courses or so) on the final night of the festival.  Harvest style tables and plating bring festival-goers, both friends and strangers, together to share in a special evening.

Visit their website to purchase passes

TRINITY FALL FESTIVAL

October 1st & 2nd 2022

The Trinity Fall Festival offer great deals at the local shops as they prepare to close for the season later in October.  Other planned events for the festival TBA.
Details will be posted on www.trinityanchor.ca

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

 

Ales For Trails: Skerwink Trail Run Event – October 22nd 2022

Ales for Trails Participants
Photo credit: Hike Discovery

This event is organized by Hike Discovery and proceeds go towards our area’s trails.  Participants can choose between running the Skerwink Trail or walking the Fox Island Trail. Beer at the Port Rexton Brewery, trail swag, lunch, dinner and an evening party are included with participant registration.  This event is often sold out with a waiting list of over 100 people.  For information regarding the event, follow the Hike Discovery Facebook Page or visit their website at www.hikediscovery.com

GENERAL OCTOBER ACTIVITIES & INFORMATION

Take advantage of shoulder season rates

Last week of October at the Artisan Inn
Marieke Gow Photography

Stay and Dine packages for rooms and vacation homes are available for the months of September and October. Visit our book now section and enter desired dates and number of guests for accurate pricing. Shoulder season rates take effect at the Artisan Inn beginning October 1st.

A number of activities and businesses begin to shut down for the season between the first weekend of October and Canadian Thanksgiving(The 2nd Sunday of October).  Despite this, there is still plenty to do during a visit to the area.  Guests booked at the Artisan Inn during this time will receive a multi-day itinerary with detailed driving directions, featuring places open for dining, activities still ongoing, locations of hiking trails and scenic spots to visit.

There are also businesses in Trinity that only run during the early part of October.  Learn about these businesses and activities at the bottom of this page.

Check out what travel Blogger Candice Walsh has to say about staying at the Artisan Inn in late October
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT TRINITY IN THE FALL

HIKE DISCOVERY SELF-GUIDED HIKES – OPEN THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

Two hikers walk the Skerwink Trail
Sara Monika Photography

The shoulder season means you will be sharing the trails with fewer fellow travellers.  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 Trail loop, 1km Upper Trail
Approximately 1-2 hours for both

Fox Island Trail – Moderate
5.5km
Approximately 2 hours

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

Cape Shore Trail – Easy
3.5km one-way
Approximately 1.5 hours 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 1 way
Approximately 1 hour – 1 way

Visit HIKING AND WALKING ON THE BONAVISTA PENINSULA

 

GUIDED TOURS

Wildlife during September and October Sea of Whales Adventures

Orcas in Trinity Bay, Paul Dolk Photography
To purchase this print visit Paul Dolk’s Website

By late August the puffins will have departed from their colonies to resume living on the ocean.  Humpback whales typically finish feeding on capelin by late August, but a scattered few still hang on. Icebergs are more typical during the Spring months and have rarely been spotted during the fall. If seeing one of these 3 things is essential to your trip to Newfoundland this may not be the time for you to visit.  Boat Tour operators do continue throughout the Fall, with each operation ending on a different date.  Visit our page on Whale Watching for contact information. If you are interested in various types of wildlife, the Bonavista Peninsula still has lots to offer. In addition to wildlife, the stunning geology of the Bonavista Peninsula is worth a trip out. While we can never guarantee day-to-day sightings, these logs from Sea of Whales Adventures’ Fall trips should provide an idea of what nature has to offer. 

 

Sperm Whale, Newfoundland, Paul Dolk Photography
To Purchase this print visit Paul Dolk’s Website

 

 

 

A Super Superpod
Posted on September 25, 2017

A super pod of 1000+ white sided dolphins today with blue fin tuna, bald eagles, arctic terns, gannets, and northern fulmars.

A Lovely Day
Posted on October 9, 2017

A lovely day on the water with 2 minke whales, double crested cormorants, red necked phalaropes, and bald eagles.

Dolphins Great and Small
Posted on October 10, 2017

What a day out there with 12 Orcas (the largest dolphins), 40-50 white beaked dolphins (some of the smallest dolphins), 1 sei whale, gannets, and murres.

Wonderful Warm
Posted on October 11, 2017

A wonderful warm day out there with a minke whale, gannets, murres, and bald eagles.

 

Bonavista Adventure Tours

Bonavista Adventure Tours will be offering most of their tours until the end of October. Their boat tour and beach boil come to an end in late September, but they are offering a forage and boil up until the end of October.

Colourful yellow bakeapples are browned in a frying pan on a rocky beach in Newfoundland

GEOLOGICAL HIGHLIGHTS AND POINTS OF INTEREST

Dungeon Sea Cave
Marieke Gow Photography

Detailed driving directions to these sites are provided in our multi-day itinerary

Dungeon Provincial Park

Spillar’s Cove Sea Stack

Tickle Cove Sea Arch

Fort Point Lighthouse and Beach

Horsechops – English Harbour

Elliston Root Cellars

Sealer’s Memorial Statue in Elliston

John Cabot Statue in Bonavista

Bonavista Lighthouse

Port Union Fossils

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

DINE AT THE TWINE LOFT RESTAURANT

Dine by candlelight in a restored shed, once used to repair fishermen’s nets. Wrap up in a blanket on the waterside deck for a pre-dinner drink or watch the sunset from the upstairs loft.  The Twine Loft 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 there are a minimum of 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 encourage others to book.  Stay and Dine Packages are available for the month of October.

Throughout the Peninsula, a handful of dining establishments stay open for the entire month of October, including: Two Whales Coffee Shop (5 days a week) Fisher’s Loft, Seaport Inn’s Fireside Dining Room, The Galley Restaurant and Harbour Quarters.  Please check with each individual establishment for fall hours.

PORT REXTON BREWERY

Port Rexton Brewery was Newfoundland’s first rural microbrewery, located only a 10-minute drive from the Artisan Inn.  Please check with the brewery for their schedule.

Port Rexton Brewery
Marieke Gow Photography

ADMIRE THE ARCHITECTURE & CHARM OF TRINITY

Walk the white-picket-fence lined streets of Trinity during a time of year with fantastic light and take in the stunning architecture of clapboard saltbox houses.  If you are interested in seeing some of the historic sites after they have been closed for the season, let us know and we can do our best to arrange for a private tour of the municipal sites.  Even late into October, you will find the doors of the Green Family Forge open on weekdays when the two trained blacksmiths are preparing orders for the Christmas season.

THe town of Trinity taken the last week of October
Marieke Gow Photography

 

Take a PHOTO TOUR OF TRINITY for more pictures.

VISIT TRINITY’S FORGE

Operating Monday – Friday this is the only historic site that remains operating for the entire month of October.  At this time the certified blacksmiths are creating products for Christmas craft fairs and to fill online orders from around the world.  There is no official charge to visit the forge, however, we encourage visitors to leave a donation that contributes to the Trinity Historical Societies daily operations.

Blacksmith working in Trinity's Forge

 

TAKE TIME TO RELAX AT THE ARTISAN INN

The Bonavista Peninsula is a stunning destination.  One of the most common complaints we hear upon check out is that guests 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. Some rooms and houses even come with their own private libraries.  We provide copies of the films The Grand Seduction, Maudie, Random Passage and The Shipping News to guests to watch in their rooms or vacation homes.  We also offer directions to many locations where these films were shot. If you love history and are disappointed to be missing the historic sites and museums, consider renting one of our properties built in the 1800s.

Admiral's Lookout Deck
Sara Monika Photography

EARLY OCTOBER OPERATIONS

Dock Marina and Gift Shop – Open until Thanksgiving
The Dock Marina Restaurant and Gift Shop will likely stay open until the end of Thanksgiving Weekend

Mirabella – Open until October 2nd
Mirabella Shop will remain open until the end of Thanksgiving Weekend.

Boat Tours
Boat tour operators in Trinity continue offering trips until mid-October. They will pull their boats from the water once they feel they can no longer meet the minimum number of passengers necessary to continue operating.

Trinity Historic Sites – Open until Thanksgiving
All Trinity Municipal and Historic Sites remain open until the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend.

Craft Shops – Open until Thanksgiving
The Stores associated with the historic sites, Trinity Crafts and Lester Garland Gift Shop will operate until the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend as will the store at the Eriksen Premises.

Businesses in Trinity that only operate for the first few days of October

Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate – Open until Thanksgiving
Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate typically stays open for the first few days of October.  Be advised that the owners of Aunt Sarah’s do respond to chocolate emergencies!  If you know you will want to purchase their chocolate, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to arrange for that to happen.

 

Packages

Please note package and pricing for 2023 will be available for booking after December 31st 2022.

3 Night Vacation Home Stay, Hike & Dining Packages –

Available May, June, September & October

  • 3 Nights in selected vacation home
  • 2 Evenings 3-course meals at the Twine Loft (7pm May & Oct, 5:15 or 8pm June & Sept)
  • Vacation Home Cleaning Fee
  • 3 Mornings Hot Breakfast at the Twine Loft
  • 1 Set of Hike Discovery waterproof, tear proof maps of 7 local trails on the Bonavista Peninsula including -Skerwink Trail
  • A sampler pack of Aunt Sarah’s Chocolates
  • A bag of Trinity Mercantile freshly roasted coffee
  • Trinity Postcards

We can only allow package requests through our online booking system. If the package appears available it means the accommodation is available, but we still need to manually confirm space in our dining room.  To see rates and availability…

Click on the BOOK  NOW section

Select VACATION HOME STAY & DINE PACKAGES

Enter the dates and number of guests to see the nightly rate for the full package

Note, we do not provide a package option in July and August therefore these months are unbookable. To see vacation home availability in July and August please go to Vacation Homes under Categories

If are certain you want the vacation home with or without the package, consider booking the vacation home directly online through the vacation home category and then contact us by phone or email to request package possibilities and pricing.

PACKAGES MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE OF THE ARRIVAL DATE
A package includes accommodations, evening meals, hot breakfasts (or an option for packed breakfast for those on the move early) and few extra treats from the inn. Gratuities and beverages are not included.

 

DEPOSIT & CANCELLATION POLICY FOR PACKAGES

REQUIRED DOWN PAYMENT: The advertised base rate for the room or vacation home will be charged as a down payment for the package. The deposit amount can be found in the item description for this package. The cancellation policy is as follows.

Deposits on bookings cancelled

  • By 10pm Newfoundland time the day after they were made will be fully refunded mins 6% to cover banking fees from processing and refunding the deposit provided.
  • More than 29 days prior to the first reserved date* will be refunded minus a $25 plus tax administration fee for rooms or $45 plus tax administration fee for vacation homes. Guests can also choose to receive a gift certificate in their name worth 100% of the deposit***.
  • 29 Days to 14 Days (vacation homes)/9 Days (rooms) prior to Package Bookings: The deposit is non-refundable.
  • After the dates outlined above The full amount of the package can be charged to the card.
  • ADJUSTING A PACKAGE 9 DAYS OR MORE DAYS PRIOR TO THE FIRST RESERVED DATEGuests also have until 9 days prior to remove the package options from their booking (if you would like to switch it to a regular booking or remove a portion of the included meals). The invoice will be adjusted to reflect items remaining at regular advertised pricing for that time and season.
  • CANCELLING A FULL PACKAGE WITHIN 8 DAYS
    It is not our intention to make clients feel there is no flexibility, however, we make plans and investments in order to honour these reservations that determine how and when we open our season. A shoulder season package guarantees that we will operate our restaurant during your visit even if we have no other guests. This influences our decision to accept additional reservations for that evening, what groceries we buy in preparation for your meals and how we schedule our staff. Credit card processing fees are also incurred for the purchase of the package. If you need to cancel under special circumstances, or need to adjust the dates at any time, please call us to discuss potential options.Should you decide to cancel the package between 8 days to 2 days prior to the reservation, $100 per person booked under the package will be refunded. Within 24 hours of the first booked dinner no portion of the package is refundable.

 

Bonavista Peninsula Activities

Humpback Whale
Paul Dolk Photography: This photo can be purchased from Paul’s Website

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.

Evening Dining

 

Information regarding the following can be found in order on this page

General Information & Price
Sample menus
Making a reservation
Catering to dietary restrictions
Minimum age of guests
Accessibility

General information regarding evening dining

The Twine Loft serves as the dining room for the Artisan Inn, however, we are licensed to serve the public and accept reservations for those not staying at the inn.  Our restaurant is recommended by Where to Eat in Canada and is a recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Restaurateur of the Year Award.  We categorize ourselves as a “casual-fine dining” experience. Our meals are meant to deliver the same satisfied feeling of having a home cooked meal while on the road, highlighted by local flavors, served in a uniquely Newfoundland atmosphere with professional and friendly service that is both attentive and relaxed at the same time.

Price: A 3-course evening meal is approx. $60 plus tax in 2022. Our pricing may vary by a few dollars throughout the season and is based on the cost of ingredients, whether that cost is from employing a gardener to grow our greens and herbs, purchasing from specific local food harvesters or covering the fuel and human resource costs involved in making trips that are sometimes up to 6 hours to procure ingredients.  We also believe in ensuring our staff a livable wage deserving of someone who dedicates themselves to taking care of those who travel to our small corner of the Canada.

Dining Times: May & October 7pm June through September 5:15 & 8pm.

Notes about shoulder season operations:
Please note that during the shoulder season of early May and late October, we operate only on nights when we have either a minimum of 6 guests reserved for that evening. ex if a table of 4 then a table 2 requested evening dinner by 12pm that day, we would operate, we do not require each group to be six people. If you want to dine with us in the shoulder season and do not wish to rely on others to book, we recommend booking a room or vacation home through us.  Stay and Dine packages are also available for certain properties.

 

The Meal: Because of our small kitchen size, we have decided to focus on a small, but well-prepared menu each night. Guests are served a three-course meal with a choice between 2 appetizers, 2 main courses (usually a meat or fish option), and a dessert. 3 course Vegan, Vegetarian, Celiac and Lactose-free menus can be arranged in advance. Please see the section below regarding dietary restrictions. All guests must pre-select their main course option the morning of the reservation and will be sent their choices the evening prior by email.

Roasted potatoes, cod and asparagus

SAMPLE MENU

Please note this may not be your option on the day of your meal

Appetizer

Choice of Cod Chowder or Warmed Spinach and Bacon Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing 

Main Course

Quidi Vidi Honey Brown Beer Braised Lamb Shank served with Roasted Root Vegetables and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

or 

Fresh Local Cod en Papillote served with Sautéed Asparagus and Roasted Lemon Potatoes

Dessert

Blueberry Lemon Torte 

 

Other sample menus: Please note we can only confirm our menu for a certain night by the day prior. When booking you will have the opportunity to let us know if there are any principal proteins you won’t eat to help us plan then menu for that evening.

 

Catering to your dietary needs

We understand that set menu dining can sometimes be difficult for clients with special diets or allergies.  We can typically make modifications to our set menus to accommodate most allergies and can inform guests if certain menu items will not be possible. Because we require our guests to identify any allergies when they book and to contact us the morning of their reservation to pre-select their main course, we are able to have a discussion in advance so that when guests arrive for dinner they can relax and enjoy the experience.  

We do request that when discussing dietary concerns guests clearly identify between a severe dislike, an intolerance and an allergy.  Guests will have the opportunity to provide this information on our online booking form that accompanies dinner reservations made online.  We also ask that guests use terms accurately. We have experienced a high level of guests identifying themselves as gluten free or vegan who then at dinner request items that their diet does not allow. This causes a lot of confusion for staff and can harm those who actually follow such diets. 

Gluten Free

With many traveler having a sensitivity to gluten we have decided to design a number of our menu items to not have gluten including the majority of our main course meals and our soups.  As one of our bakers is gluten intolerant herself, a number of our desserts have gluten free variations available.

Vegetarian & Vegan Menus

Due to tourism volumes being higher than years pre-pandemic, we are finding it more of a challenge to accommodate those following a vegan diet and provide the variety of choice desired.  We operate out of a small kitchen with one cook, limited storage space and only two ovens to serve 26 guests per seating, additionally we are often making meals with modifications for various allergies. Finding the space and the time to produce a separate 3-course meal that does not include any animal products is more challenging now that we are operating at full capacity most nights.  We are able to offer more selection for vegetarians than vegans. If you are a vegan wishing to dine with us, please contact us so we may discuss if what we are able to offer meets your expectations, tastes and is of interest to you for the price point. Please note that because we have limited seating capacity and a short operating season, we do not reduce our price point for our two-hour dining experience for guests wanting alternative menus to our nightly fish and meat dishes. 

 

Example of a 3 course Vegan Menu at the Twine Loft

Please note this may not be your option on the day of your meal

Appetizer

Carrot Orange Soup

Main Course

Lentil Ragout on a Bed of Rice

Dessert

Wild Berry Sorbet

                                                                        

Making a Reservation:

Guests can contact the Twine Loft at 1-709-464-3377 to make a dinner reservation request or email info@trinityvacations.com. You may also use our online booking system to request a reservation.

When emailing please include

1. The primary date you are interested in reserving
and if there are additional dates you would be interested in if we cannot accommodate you for your first choice.

2. Number of people in your party
If you are hoping to book a private reservation for one bubbled group please contact us with as much detail as possible.

3. Dietary restrictions

The Twine Loft is a set menu restaurant and a number of our courses are slow-cooked and prepped throughout the day. Last-minute notifications of dietary restrictions cannot always be accommodated. Please be specific when providing details regarding allergies during the booking process.

If you inform us that you or someone in your party does not eat a specific ingredient let us know if it is because of an allergy or if it is a personal preference.

If someone requires a gluten-free option, please specify if it is because they have Celiac Disease, a strong sensitivity or if gluten is something that is avoided, but eaten sometimes.

If someone in your party is lactose or dairy intolerant/sensitive, please specify if dairy can or cannot be baked into dishes. Specify if the intolerance includes butter as this is an ingredient used in a number of our dishes.

If someone in your party is vegan or vegetarian please use the correct terminology for their diet since vegan and vegetarian meals are prepared differently.

Confirming a request

The Twine Loft will require a minimum of 6 guests to operate on a given evening.  Exceptions may be made for guests staying in Artisan Inn properties.

Once a request is confirmed, a credit card number will be required to hold the reservation. There is a $25 cancellation fee per guest for a reservation cancelled within 22 hours of the reserved dining time and the full meal price is charged when a cancellation is made within 2 hours of the dinner.

sample reservation waiver

A seat at the Twine Loft will range between $60 and $65 plus tax per person.  This means that even if 2 guests request to split a meal, or someone wants to opt-out of a course the price for each seat will remain at full price.

Seating:

Dinner will be served both upstairs and downstairs to maximize the number of people we can safely serve in a night.  Please indicate if someone in the party has mobility concerns and must be seated downstairs.

Like other years, requests for window tables will not be taken.  Accommodating this request for everyone is simply not possible and depending on the table size it could impact our ability to give parties proper distancing from each other.  During these challenging times please respect our staff’s decision on where to seat people and understand that a number of factors are being taken into consideration when deciding this.

Dining with Minors at the Twine Loft:

During the months we offer two sittings all guests under the age of 19 must dine at the 5:15 sitting.  This is because we hold a lounge license so we may serve drinks on the deck, such a license prohibits those under 19 from being in the restaurant after 8:30pm.

We recommend that children are 10 or older to dine in the Twine Loft. Exception may be made if the child or children in your party:

Eat from the regular offered menu at the advertised dining price:
Why we have this policy: Our kitchen is run from 2 household stoves and in one sitting we often need to accommodate gluten free, dairy free vegan and vegetarian special menus in addition to our regular choices. Regretfully we do not have the space to offer special children’s menus in addition to that.   We recognize that children do not eat as much food as adults, however, we have very limited capacity and very low turn over in a night which is why we operate at a set rate. Offering meals for a reduced price under these conditions impacts our abilities to operate as a business.

Remain seated at the table for the duration of the dinner and be able to express themselves at a volume appropriate for an intimate setting. Children may not leave the table between courses to play outside unsupervised and must use headphones if they are using any form of technology with audio at the table or on the deck.
Why we have this policy: Allowing this is the past has unfortunately led to damage of property such as our gardens and the disruption of the experience of other guests on the premises. Please also note that all guests are served their courses at the same time, so requesting to have the delivery of courses delayed or sped up in order to accommodate children needing a supervised break outdoors or requesting food quicker is not possible.  

Accessibility

The first floor of the Twine Loft (the dining room) is wheelchair accessible. We have 1 wheelchair accessible washroom and the waterside deck is wheelchair accessible as well. If you or someone in your party uses a wheelchair, scooter or walker, please inform us in advance and we will arrange for the closest parking spot possible.  

Because our property uses gravel to allow for drainage from higher tides and heavy rain, we recommend guests with wheeled mobility aids take advantage of our closer parking spots for more direct access to the ramp. The ramp is located to the right of the driveway therefore, we recommend the guest requiring the ramp enter and exit their vehicle on the right hand side.   

Should you or someone you are travelling with have a disability, do not hesitate to discuss ways we can better serve you when you make your reservation, or when you are on the premises.  It is our goal to provide the best dining experience to everyone we serve and continuously educate ourselves on best practices. 

 

Getting Here

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

Driving Directions:

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.

 

Explore Trinity, Newfoundland

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.

DOWNLOAD  Map of Trinity, Newfoundland

Whale and Iceberg Tours

 

Trinity Bay and Bonavista Bay serve as nature’s playground during the Spring and Summer months in Newfoundland.  

Twenty-two species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises swim the waters along the coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador during the months of May to August. The Bonavista Peninsula is a perfect location to see and appreciate these magnificent creatures of the sea.  

Some species spotted in Trinity Bay and Bonavista Bay include: Humpback Whales, Sperm Whales, Minke Whales, Pothead Whales and Killer Whales (Orcas).  White-sided dolphins and Bluefin Tuna are frequently spotted during the Fall.  

Boat tours also provide the opportunity to see the many majestic icebergs floating past Trinity during Spring and early Summer.  The prime time to see icebergs is between late May and late June.

Finally, the Peninsula’s unique geological features offer an added bonus on every trip.

A whale shows off during a tour with Sea of Whales Adventures
Marieke Gow Photography

Those who come to visit during the month of June and early July are sometimes lucky enough to spot icebergs, whales and various sea birds, including: the Atlantic Puffin and Bald Eagles all at once!

To see daily records of whale sightings in our area CLICK HERE.  

The two communities that offer boat tours with the focus of seeing wildlife are Trinity and Bonavista.

TRINITY

Three boat tours are located within walking distance of the Artisan Inn

A group of people wearing flotation safety suits sit in a zodiac operated by Sea of Whales adventures
Photo Taken on Sea of Whale Adventure Tours. The #1 boat tour on trip advisor for the town of Trinity

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     

                                                                    

Atlantic Adventures                                                                                                                                  

Vessel Type: Trawller 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

BONAVISTA

A boat tour returning at sunset to a flock of puffins

Discovery Sea Adventures

Vessel Type: Fast Rescue Craft
Phone: 1-709-470-0322
Address: Roper Street, Bonavista NL
Located in the parking lot of the Matthew Legacy site

Bonavista Puffin and Whale Tours

Vessel Type: Larger vessel type with indoor and outdoor seating and a washroom on board
Phone: 1-709-468-8438
Address: 15 Roper Street, Bonavista NL
Located in the parking lot of the Matthew Legacy site.

Places to Whale Watch From Land in Trinity Bight

While boat tours offer a first class whale watching experience, getting you up close and personal with wildlife, not everyone has the greatest sea legs.  We can never guarantee a whale sighting, however, we can tell you where the locals often go to watch Humpbacks feeding once they have arrived for the season.  Our staff receive updates from local boat tours and summer residents when pods are feeding close to shore in certain area’s.  We do our best to communicate anything exciting that we are aware of when we register guests at the inn or during morning breakfast.

Fort Point Lighthouse and Beach

Watch for humpback whales on the beach of Fort Point, Trinity

We recommend getting a lunch to go from Trinity Mercantile Coffee Shop and heading to Fort Point Lighthouse for a picnic.  Whales are often seen feeding during the month of July just off the point’s beach.

Driving Distance from Trinity: 19 Minutes

English Harbour / Horse Chops

Cliffs of English Harbour
Located 19 minutes from the Artisan Inn

This is the area many locals go to watch whales from the cliffs. The beach in English Harbour is also a popular spot to watch the capelin when they start to roll.  locals are often seen here with buckets to harvest the small silver fish for a meal.

Driving Distance from Trinity: 19 Minutes

Skerwink Trail, Trinity East/Port Rexton

Skerwink Trail
Marieke Gow Photography

Whales often feed below the cliffs, offering hikers a bird’s eye view.  One cannot drive up to these spots, but instead, must hike the outer trail for the best vantage points.

Driving distance from Trinity: 13 minutes

Please note that whales are wild animals and their feeding times and locations can never be guaranteed.

Find Driving Directions to all communities mentioned

COMMUNITIES AND DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Hiking and Walking on the Bonavista Peninsula

a woman takes a photo of cliffs and icebergs from the Klondike Trail

The Bonavista Peninsula is a hikers paradise. The Artisan Inn in Trinity can serve as an excellent home base for those who wish to explore the various hikes and walks along the Discovery Trail.  With a variety of coastal and inland trails, rated from easy to difficult, there is something for both walkers and hikers.  Spend the day hiking, return to comfortable accommodations and curl up in a blanket with a glass of wine on our front deck while resting your feet!  Hand carved, wooden hiking sticks are available for Artisan Inn guests who do not wish to travel with their own.  

Maps of each hiking Trail can be found on the Hike Discovery Travel App  

 

TRINITY – UPPER & LOWER GUN HILL TRAIL

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

Located in Trinity, starting behind the Royal Bank or the Rising Tide Theatre

Easy (very top can be difficult)

Approx. 2 km Loop, 0.75 km to the Top, 45 Minutes – 1 Hour return

To Learn more about this trail visit the Gun Hill Page on the Explore Trinity section of our website

PORT REXTON – SKERWINK TRAIL

The Skerwink Trail in Port Rexton

Located 10 minutes from Trinity

Moderate – Difficult

5.3 km Loop, 1.5 – 2 Hours

The Experience

Just minutes from Trinity, in Trinity East, Skerwink has been selected as one of Travel and Leisure magazine’s “25 Great Walks in North America and Europe” (May 2009).

The trail is rated Moderate and takes approximately 2 hours to complete (longer if you are passionate about photography) and is a 5.3km coastal loop. At certain locations hikers may feel as though they are standing at the edge of the world.  Steeper sections of the trail have been lined with stairs and board walks cover any boggy sections.  Many lookouts have been built with benches allowing visitors to stop and enjoy the view.

Moose, foxes, bald eagles, whales, seabirds and icebergs are often spotted.

Directions from Trinity 

Leave the town of Trinity

Turn Right onto Route 239 towards Route 230

Turn Right on Route 230 towards Bonavista

Turn Right towards Trinity East after large yellow gas station in Port Rexton

Drive approx 5 minutes, pass one church, then arrive at a parking lot across from a second church. A large sign with the map of the Skerwink Trail will be to your your left.

Additional Links

Skerwink Trail: Hike Discovery Site & Map Link

In the Press: Hike Bike Travel

CHAMPNEY’S WEST – FOX ISLAND TRAIL

A board walk along the ocean overlooking fox island encircled by pack ice

Located 15 minutes from Trinity

Easy – Moderate

5.5km Loop, Approx. 2 Hours

The Experience

The trail displays the beautiful coastal scenery, views of the surrounding communities and local wildlife, then finishes with a walk through the fishing village of Champney’s West. Take the time to walk down and view the fishing stages and maybe get your opportunity to chat to a local resident.

Directions from Trinity

Leave the town of Trinity

Turn Right onto Route 239 towards Route 230

Turn Right on Route 230 towards Bonavista

Drive past Port Rexton and turn Right onto Route 230-17 to Champney’s West

The trail parking lot is located on the right, 2km from the turn off and across from the old cemetery.

Additional Links:

Fox Island Trail: The Hike Discovery Website and Trail Maps

Trip Advisor Reviews

PORT UNION – MURPHY’S COVE TRAIL

Located 28 minutes from Trinity

Moderate

7.7km Loop, Approx. 3 Hours

The Experience

This coastal loop trail will take you through the abandoned community of Murphy’s Cove and overlooks the Green Island Lighthouse. This looped trail has a variety of headlands that provide viewing platforms where surrounding communities, whales, seabirds and fishing vessels can be photographed. The halfway point provides a lookout where users can view the Green Island Lighthouse, one of the last remaining manned lighthouses in the province. The trail follows the coastline offering great photo opportunities.

Directions from Trinity

Leave the town of Trinity

Turn Right onto Route 239 towards Route 230

Turn Right on Route 230 towards Bonavista

Drive 30 minutes to Port Union and turn Right onto Reid’s Road

Follow the blue hiker sign. The entrance of the Trail is located next to St Catherine’s Haven retirement home.

Additional Links

Murphy’s Cove: The Hike Discovery Website & Trail Maps

Trip Advisor Reviews

 

BONAVISTA – CAPE SHORE TRAIL

2 piles of rocks lie on either side of the picture with a view of an iceberg in the ocean between them.

Located 1 Hour from Trinity

Gentle

3.5 Kilometers, Approx. 1 Hour each way

The Experience

A 3.5 km trail along the coastline that runs parallel to the main road from the Town of Bonavista to Cape Bonavista. This trail provides one with a spectacular view of Bonavista Bay as you enjoy a leisurely walk on a marked trail to the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse. Along this route you can enjoy the rugged coast line while watching for birds and whales (in season). Stop for a picnic along the trail or at the John Cabot Municipal Park.

Directions from Trinity

Leave the town of Trinity

Turn Right onto Route 239 towards Route 230

Turn Right on Route 230 towards Bonavista

Once in Bonavista, follow Confederation Drive (route 230) until you see the Right hand turn onto Cape Shore Road 

Continue on Cape Shore Road until you pass the Ocean View Cabins where a parking lot will be on your right 

 

ELLISTON / BONAVISTA – KLONDIKE TRAIL

Located 45 to 50 minutes from Trinity

Gentle – Moderate

3km, 45 minutes each way

The Experience

Located on the northern section of Elliston, it was regularly used years ago as a horse and cart trail, leading from Elliston to the community of  Spillar’s Cove. This walk takes you from forest to wetlands, heathlands to sea. Learn about the plants and animals inhabiting our area while looking for our provincial bird, the puffin. You may also see whales, kittiwakes and other sea life as well as spectacular coastal scenery. This area was initially called Bird Island Cove and offers hikers spectacular oceanfront scenery with plenty of seabirds and wildlife along the way. – Text courtesy of Hike Discovery.

Directions from Trinity

Leave the town of Trinity

Turn Right onto Route 239 towards Route 230

Turn Right on Route 230 towards Bonavista

Spillar’s Cove end(Most of the Klondike trail is inland, so we suggest driving to the Spillar’s Cove end and exploring the northern section of the trail)

Drive to the Town of Bonavista

You will reach an intersection with a large green highway sign indicating Elliston and Spillar’s Cove to your right, Turn Right

Keep Left towards Spillar’s Cove at the intersection of Spillar’s Cove Road and Route 238 to Elliston
(You can also Turn Right onto Route 238 to Elliston, then turn Left onto Main Street in Elliston to access the Elliston end of the trail)

Drive through the village of Spillar’s Cove until you reach the end of the paved road, the trail begins here

Elliston end

Drive 35 – 40 mins on Route 230, then turn Right on Route 238 to Elliston

Turn Left at the John C. Crosbie Sealer’s Interpretation Centre in Elliston

Turn Right onto Main Street

Follow signage to the trail head

Additional Links

Trip Advisor reviews

Klondike Trail: The Hike Discovery Website and Trail Maps

 

ROUTE 235 – KING’S COVE – LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL

Multi-coloured cliffs jut into a blue ocean

Located 45 minutes from Trinity

Gentle – Moderate

1.7km inner loop, 3.5km outer loop, 0.5 or 1 hours

The Experience

The King’s Cove Lighthouse Trail is classed as a stacked loop.  This provides the walker/hiker the option of completing the 1.7km inside loop or the 3.5km outside loop.  Both trails are coastal hikes to the lighthouse. The outside loop offers the hiker additional coastal viewing into Bonavista Bay and Brook Point, then proceeds into the woods on a primitive trail leading back to the church.  Returning via the inside loop, walkers/hikers have the opportunity to walk along rock foundations while admiring spectacular coastal scenery in Blackhead Bay.

The lighthouse was built in 1893, after some fifty shipwrecks occurred in Bonavista Bay.  It was constructed of pre-cast iron, shipped from Birmingham, England.  It was the first lighthouse in Newfoundland to be fitted with a revolving kerosene light system from Sweden and was visible from 14 nautical miles.  Since it had to be lit every night and extinguished each morning, Philip Batterton was hired as a light keeper, a position held for over 62 years by the Batterton family.

– This information has been provided by the Discovery Trail Tourism Association

Directions from Trinity

Leave the town of Trinity

Turn Right onto Route 239 towards Route 230

The trail is located at the halfway mark of Route 235 and there are two ways to get there from Trinity. Either route will take approximately 45 minutes. One can: 

A) Turn Left onto Route 230 towards Clarenville

Turn right onto Route 235 at South Bay

Turn Left onto Top Road

Park at the large church in King’s Cove.  The trail begins there.

or

B) Turn Right onto Route 230 towards Bonavista

Turn left onto Route 237 at Catalina

Turn Left onto Route 235

Turn Right onto Top Road

Park at the large church in King’s Cove.  The trail begins there.

GPS: N48 34’12  W53 19’56

We do not recommend taking the Route 236 through Lockston Path Provincial Park, as it is a dirt road with no cell phone reception

Additional Links

Lighthouse Trail: The Hike Discovery Website and Maps

Trip Advisor Reviews

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For more information about hiking trails in the Eastern Region consider ordering the book Hikes of Eastern Newfoundland.

https://www.amazon.com/Hikes-Eastern-Newfoundland-Mary-Smyth/dp/1927099595

The photographs on this page are by Marieke Gow and may only be used on other websites or print material with written permission from Marieke. mariekegow@yahoo.com

 

 

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Open for the 2022 season Friday May 5 – Saturday Oct 22nd

Please note the Twine Loft restaurant will not be open for dinner service October 16th -19th, reopening for October 2oth-22nd 2022.   To help you navigate the Bonavista Peninsula during the shoulder season please view our shoulder season guide document.  

Since 1991, the Artisan Inn has been providing unique experiences to travellers to the Bonavista Peninsula in Eastern Newfoundland. The Inn, described in the New York Times as a “diffused hotel”, offers both rooms and self-catering vacation homes throughout various buildings in the heart of the cozy, historic outport town of Trinity, Trinity Bay.