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

 

 

Book Your 2 Night May Stay, Hike & Dine Package

Extra room or vacation home nights can be added on at 25% off advertised base rate (if same accommodation is kept for the duration of the stay)


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Packages

Our packages page is currently under construction (April 1-2) please email info@trinityvacations.com for accurate package information

MAY STAY AND DINE PACKAGES

Packages can be requested through our online system. We will need to confirm that there is space in our dining room. Once we do, we will contact you with details to complete the booking.

2 Night Packages Available during the month of July : These packages are available for Trinity Room, Cove View Room, Campbell Suite & Studio Suite

  • 2 Nights Accommodation
  • Hot Breakfast Each Morning
  • 3-Course Evening Meal Each Evening
  • HikeNL Water Bottle Per Guest
  • Newfoundland Oat Company Bar per Guest
  • Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Sampler Pack (1 per package)

 

3 Night Packages Available Throughout The Season: These packages are available for Trinity Room, Cove View Room, Campbell Suite & Studio Suite & Hill House Vacation Home

  • 3 Nights Accommodation
  • Hot Breakfast all three mornings
  • 3-Course Evening Meal ( 2 evenings of dining included)
  • HikeNL Water Bottle Per Guest
  • Newfoundland Oat Company Bar per Guest
    Hike Discovery Wateproof Trail Maps of Local Hikes
  • Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Sampler Pack (1 per package)
  • Trinity Postcard and Magnet Set


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REFUND POLICY

  • By 10pm Newfoundland time the day after they were made will be fully refunded unless the reservation was made within 8 days of the first booked date.
  • More than 45 days prior to the first reserved date* will be refunded minus a $25 plus tax administration fee Guests can also choose to receive a gift certificate in their name worth 100% of the deposit***.
  • 45 to 30 days prior to the first reserved date* will be refunded 50% or guests can choose to receive a gift certificate in their name worth 100% of the deposit***
  • 29 Days to 14(vacation homes)/9(rooms) Days Prior
    Package Room Bookings: The deposit is non-refundable. We will allow for a gift certificate option in the amount of the deposit up to 9 days prior to the booked date.
    Package Vacation Home Bookings: We will allow for a gift certificate option in the amount of the deposit up to 2 weeks prior to the booked date.
    Gift certificates offered for this cancellation period are valid until the end of the 2021 season.
  • 8 Days Prior The full package amount is charged to the card on file.
  • ADJUSTING A PACKAGE 9 DAYS OR MORE 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, $110 per person booked under the package will be refunded. Within 24 hours of the first booked dinner no portion of the package is refundable.