Newfoundland & Labrador Covid 19 Updates

Fishermen return to Trinity Harbour with their catch of cod.
Jimmy Ung Photography

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING OUR PROVINCE’S ALERT LEVELS

A Foundation For Living With COVID-19: The provinces 5 step alert system and re-opening plan

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE STATUS OF COVID IN NEWFOUNDLAND

Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 Pandemic Update Data Hub 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING TRAVEL TO NEWFOUNDLAND & WHAT BUSINESSES ARE PERMITTED TO BE OPEN

Travel Advice & Business Closures

IMPORTANT: Currently, “travelers arriving to Newfoundland and Labrador from outside the province are required to self-isolate for 14 days, including those arriving from other provinces and territories in Canada. See Public Health Orders for more information.”

 

FAQ

Accommodation Questions: Questions 1-6

Preparing for Travel and Arrival: Questions 7-18

Activities Based on Time and Season: Questions 19-24

Questions Upon Arrival: Question 25

1. Can I find accommodation in Trinity without making reservations ahead of time?

2. I want to be near attractions, but I don’t wish to stay in a “touristy” area, is that possible in Trinity?

3. Why does the Artisan Inn require the first night stay as an immediate deposit?

4. Why is there still a $25 administration fee even if I cancel before the 30-day period or the room was rebooked?

5. What is the best room or vacation home to rent if someone in our party requires a wheelchair, or has mobility issues and should avoid stairs?

6. What is the difference between renting 2 rooms in Lighthouse View and renting Lighthouse View as a vacation home.

7. Is there Cell Phone Service In Trinity?

8. Should I Bring My Laptop?

9. What type of clothing should I pack?

10. Where is the last gas station before getting to Trinity?

11. I am renting a vacation home, where should I shop for groceries?

12. I am renting a vacation home, is there a place in the area to purchase wine and spirits?

13. What is the difference between Trinity Bay, Trinity Bight and Trinity?

14. When I enter Trinity on Google Maps two Trinity’s appear, which one is correct?

15. Someone in our party has health issues, where is the nearest Hospital in case of emergency?

16. My flight arrives in St. John’s late at night, is it safe to drive to Trinity at night?

17.I will not have a car while in Newfoundland, is there transportation to Trinity from St. John’s?

18. Can I rent a car upon arrival in Newfoundland?

19. When is the best time to see icebergs in Newfoundland?

20. When is the best time to see puffins in Newfoundland?

21. When is the best time to see whales in Newfoundland?

22.When is the best time for berry picking in Newfoundland?

23. When do most attractions open in the area?

24. Can I fish for cod while in Newfoundland?

25. What are the hundreds of blue and white buoys in the water as we drive into Trinity?

 

Accommodation Questions

1.  Can I find accommodation in Trinity without making reservations ahead of time?

It is always best to book ahead of time.  While there are many B&Bs and small inns in the area there are no larger hotels which means that there are a limited number of rooms in comparison to the amount of people who wish to visit the area.  Late bookings and walk-ins can often be accommodated in May, early June and late October however rooms from mid June – Mid October are often booked out ahead of time.  If you know you would like to stay in the area it is best to call before arriving to guarantee that a room will be available to you.

2. I want to be near attractions, but I don’t wish to stay in a “touristy” area, is that possible in Trinity?

Absolutely.  The Newfoundland Labrador tourism ad, which describes Newfoundland as being “as far from Disney Land as you could possibly get” is no exaggeration. Very few places in Newfoundland can really be described as “touristy” in a negative way.  Despite being a popular travel destination for people of all ages, Trinity remains a genuine functioning town with sincere and friendly residents.  Most attractions in Trinity are located on the north arm of Trinity, while the majority of Artisan Inn properties are located on the mid section of the southwest arm along Fisher Cove (it takes roughly 5-10 minutes to walk to most attractions from Artisan Inn properties).  This side of town is mainly occupied by seaside houses and private properties so there are less pedestrians and less vehicles passing on the roads.  This means that guests of the Artisan Inn can enjoy being just a few minutes walk away from restaurants, the theatre, boat tours and museums and can also experience the tranquility of a genuine Newfoundland out-port experience while relaxing on premises.

3. Why does the Artisan Inn require the first night stay as an immediate deposit?

Our rooms and vacation homes are often booked out early and, as a result, we turn away over a thousand visitors a year because we are full.  When guests cancel at the last minute it means that a room, which could have been booked many times over, will sit empty for the night.  The Artisan Inn will only retain a deposit if the room is not rebooked.

4. Why is there still a $25 administration fee even if I cancel before the 30-day period or the room was rebooked?

The $25 covers the administrative costs of processing the reservation, generating and sending confirmations, removing the reservation from our systems and the fees charged by the credit card companies for processing and refunding the down payment.

5. What is the best room or vacation home to rent if someone in our party requires a wheelchair, or has mobility issues and should avoid stairs.

The Studio Suite, located in Barbour Place, is a wheelchair friendly room.  Parking is available next to the door, a ramp system connects the parking area, the suite, the ocean side deck and the restaurant where breakfast and dinner are served.  Wide doorframes allow for easy mobility.

While we have no vacation homes with both a bathroom and bedroom on the ground floor, Cove Cottage has the best set-up for those who do not require a wheelchair and wish to avoid the constant use of stairs.  The first floor of the cottage has an open concept kitchen and living room and also has a washroom with a standing shower.  While the bedrooms are on the second floor, there is a new double pull out couch on the first floor if someone wishes to sleep downstairs.

The Barbour Place, where the Studio Suite, is located can also be rented as a 3 bedroom private vacation home under special circumstances.

6. What is the difference between renting 2 rooms in Lighthouse View and renting Lighthouse View as a vacation home.

Lighthouse View is a two-bedroom two bathroom vacation home with a dining area, sitting area, kitchen with basic supplies and a deck overlooking the water.  Those who wish to enjoy the services of an inn such as continental breakfast and daily turn down service from housekeeping, while benefiting from the privacy of a vacation home should select to rent Lighthouse View by the room.  Using the kitchen facilities will not be permitted if the space is booked as rooms.  If you book the Lighthouse View as a vacation home, you will have the ability to use the cooking area and BBQ, however, breakfast and turndown services will not be included.

Preparing for Travel and Arrival

7. Is there Cell Phone Service In Trinity?

Telus and Bell both offer cell phone service in Trinity. Rogers does not seem to work anywhere in the Bonavista Peninsula past Clarenville.  If Rogers is your cell phone provider we recommend that you contact the Artisan Inn ahead of time and request the number for your reserved room or vacation home.  That way friends, family and co-workers may contact you if they need to.  Each room has its own phone, free internet and local calls are free.  If you need to make long distance phone calls you may do so with a per minute fee or with a pre purchased calling card.

8. Should I Bring My Laptop?

Each property operated by the Artisan Inn offers free Internet, so a laptop could be useful.  The public library, just a few minutes walk from the inn, hosts a free CAP site for those who do not wish to bring their computer.

9. What type of clothing should I pack?

When travelling to Newfoundland it is always best to wear layers.  Temperatures can change quickly as the day progresses and it is always a good idea to bring rain gear.  With lots of hiking trails in the area a good pair of comfortable walking shoes is a good idea.  Don’t be mistaken, it does get warm in Newfoundland, so don’t forget to bring some lighter clothing as well.

10. Where is the last gas station before getting to Trinity? 

There is an Esso as well as an Irving located in Lethbridge approximately 30 minutes before reaching Trinity.  A smaller independently run service stations are located just minutes away from Trinity in Port Rexton.

11. I am renting a vacation home, where should I shop for groceries?

For the largest selection of groceries guests can stop into Sobeys or Walmart while in Clarenville, one hour before reaching Trinity.  Once in Trinity a Value Foods grocery store, as well as small convenience stores are located just a few minutes drive from the Artisan Inn.

12. I am renting a vacation home, is there a place in the area to purchase wine and spirits?

There is a NLC (Newfoundland Liquor Corporation) Express located just 10 minutes from Trinity in Port Rexton.  Despite being small the store, it offers a well chosen selection of wines, spirits and beers.  For a much larger selection visitors should visit the NLC in Clarenville as they make their way to Trinity.  This full liquor store offers a very large selection of wines from all over the world as well as spirits and beers.

13. What is the difference between Trinity Bay, Trinity Bight and Trinity?

Trinity Bay is the body of water surrounding the eastern side on the Bonavista Peninsula.

Trinity Bight is a cluster of communities on the Bonavista Penisula.

Trinity is the historic town located off of route 239 where the Artisan Inn as well as many historic buildings and the theatre are located.

14. When I enter Trinity on Google Maps two Trinity’s appear, which one is correct?

The Artisan Inn is located in the town of Trinity, Trinity Bay in Eastern Newfoundland.  Another Trinity is located on Bonavista Bay, in Central Newfoundland.  When searching for driving directions on a gps be sure to select “Trinity, Trinity Bay”.   Some internet mapping systems have the Artisan Inn and Twine Loft Restaurant marked in the incorrect location.  Always rely on the gps coordinates provided on this site.

15. Someone in our party has health issues, where is the nearest hospital in case of emergency?

One hospital is located in Bonavista approximately a 40 minutes drive from Trinity.  A second hospital is located in Clarenville approximately an hour drive from Trinity.  Newfoundland has a 24 hour healthline which guests can call free of charge in case of emergency.  An ambulance service is available in Trinity in case of emergency.  Further information and contact numbers are provided in the Artisan Inn room directories.

16. My flight arrives in St. John’s late at night, is it safe to drive to Trinity at night?

It is not recommended that you drive late at night due to the high volume of moose on the roads.  Moose can be very difficult to spot at night and fog is quite common in the evening.  Always be alert when driving and avoid trips at dawn and dusk.

17. I will not have a car while in Newfoundland, is there transportation to Trinity from St. John’s?

Yes there is a service called Bonavista Cabs.  For approximately $40-$60 per person this cab (a large van) will pick up passengers in St. John’s (passengers can be picked up from their homes, hotels, the airport…) and will be driven to Trinity and dropped off at the Artisan Inn.  The service will also take passengers back to St. John’s from Trinity.  The service leave Trinity once a day (except Saturdays) early in the morning and leaves St. John’s for Trinity early in the afternoon.  Despite this service we he highly recommend that visitors come by car as there is no public transport within Trinity Bight and there is much to do in surrounding communities just a short drive away.

18. Can I rent a car upon arrival in Newfoundland?

Yes, but we recommend booking your vehicle as soon as you make any reservations for flights and accommodations.  There are less rental cars than visitors who need them in Newfoundland.  People have often been forced to cancel their accommodation bookings province wide because they have not been able to rent a car upon arrival.

Activities Based on Time and Season

19. When is the best time to see icebergs in Newfoundland?

Late May and June are often the best times to see icebergs. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook and we will post updates on when they are in Trinity Bay.  www.icebergfinder.com is also an excellent tool for following icebergs.*

20. When is the best time to see Atlantic Puffins?

The Atlantic Puffin spends most of its life a sea and returns to land breed in late spring and early summer.  Visiting Elliston, just a 30-40 minute drive from the Artisan Inn is one of the best locations in Newfoundland to spot Atlantic Puffins from land*.

21. When is the best time to see whales in Newfoundland?

Most of the whales will arrive after the capelin do, which is often mid-June until late August and early September.  Follow us on Twitter or Facebook and the Artisan Inn will post updates about whales spotted in the area.  Two whale watching tours leave from within walking distance of the Artisan Inn*.

*Guarantees can never be made on the arrival of icebergs, puffins and whales.

22. When is the best time for berry picking in Newfoundland?

Late August early September is the best time to pick berries in Trinity.

23. When do most attractions open in the area?

Many provincial attractions open for May 24 weekend, but a handful of shops, tours and restaurants open earlier than that.

24. Can I fish for cod while in Newfoundland?

People can only fish for cod during the Food Fishery.  The dates for the food fishery are determined by the government and boats are limited to 5 cod per person and a max of 15 cod per boat.  The cod caught during the food fishery cannot be sold for commercial purposes.  There is no tour that offers such an experience officially, but sometimes local fisherman will take visitors out and let them jig a cod.  If this is an experience you truly wish to have and you will be staying at the Artisan Inn during the food fishery, we will do our best to get you more information.

Questions Upon Arrival

25. What are the hundreds of blue and white buoys in the water as we drive into Trinity?

As one makes their way into Trinity they will spot hundreds of blue and white buoys in the water.  The staff of the Artisan Inn have been asked many times what this is.  Some have guessed a swimming or boat course, while other have gone so far as to believe it to be an underwater graveyard!  The real answer is that it is a mussel farm.

May 2022 Trinity Visitor Guide

Pack Ice in front of Artisan Inn
Marieke Gow Photography

 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. The first icebergs arrived in our region mid April 2022!

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 during the month of May 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.   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 and opens May 5th.  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, during the first two weeks of May, if we don’t have guests of the Artisan Inn & Vacation Homes, we will only operate if a minimum of 6 people in general book (this could be from a combination of different reservations like a table of 2 and 4).   If you are the first person to request a reservation for a particular evening, we will contact you to confirm we are operating once others request a reservation on that night. The Twine Loft serves one evening sitting at 7pm during the month of May and is open for Breakfast from 8am-10am (by reservation). We do not operate for breakfast on mornings that we do not have guests at the inn.

Other places to eat in Trinity during the Month of May

Dock Marina restaurant typically open for the season on Mother’s Day weekend.  Please note they may not be operating every day of the week at the start of May.

Places To Eat On the Bonavista Peninsula

Two Whales Coffee Shop: Typically opens end of April for select days of the week

The Galley Restaurant: Will be operating in May, operating schedule to be determined.

Fisher’s Loft Dining: Opening some time in May by reservation

Fireside Dining Located in Seaport Inn Port Union: Open in May for daily service.

Bonavista Social Club: please be advised that Bonavista Social Club has decided to remain closed for the 2022 season while the owner and head chef Katie Hayes is out of the province.

If you are en route to Trinity we suggest stops at Bare Mountain Coffee House in Clarenville & 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.  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 early May. Please visit their website for updates on hours and operating dates.

Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate (Also serving Sweet Rock Ice Cream)Located in Trinity. Typically opens end Victoria Day Weekend near end of May.  Online ordering is often possible before their season.

Art’s GalleryLocated in the same building as the Dock Marina, this large store carries Newfoundland books, jewelry, quilts, apparel, and other crafts. Typically opens first week of May.

Craft Shop at Lester Garland Building: Should be opening around the Victoria Day Weekend.

Green Family Forge: 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

 

 

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.

 

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.  

READ MORE ABOUT HAPPY HOUR

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

 

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

Art Exhibits

Artwork is displayed on wooden walls adjacent to a window in a dining room

The Artisan Inn exhibits the original artwork of various artists and the public are welcome to view and purchase these pieces.

FEATURED ARTISTS 2018

Kathleen Knowling

Kathleen was born in St. John’s, where she still resides. The Newfoundland land and seascapes never fail to inspire her.

“I love to paint. I love to look at paintings. I love to talk about painting. To me it is a delight to sit on a rock and try to translate the scene before me and my emotions about it into two dimensions.

Paints themselves, fat tubes of delicious colour that promise a masterpiece, brushes and pencils, paper and canvas, call me and invite me to buy. A visit to an art supply store is hazardous to my credit card. I always come away with something.

The very act of painting itself inspires me. The application of thick, juicy paint to canvas or the splash of brilliant watercolour onto white paper exhilarates me. Their excitement never fails.

Sylvia Bendza
Photo sourced from St. Michael’s Print Shop

Sylvia Bendzsa

Sylvia Bendzsa is a St. John’s painter and printmaker. Active in the arts since early in life she has contributed strongly to the arts organizations and St. Michael’s Printshop. She likes to divide her art practice between etching, printmaking, printing on canvas and watercolours. She has had many solo and group exhibitions and her work is collected widely.

Also Represented by

Red Ochre Gallery, St. John’s

Devon House Craft Shop, St. John’s

Hollander York Gallery, Toronto

Paul Dolk

Paul Dolk

“Paul Dolk’s work is his stretch. He reaches out with a mindful heart and captures the breadth and width of a single moment. And with each extension of his lens, the air is stilled, illuminating the graceful power of a whale or the relentless intent of an eagle. That these moments depict the relationship between himself, wildlife and the sea is clear and inseparable. As when the sea drapes over the nose of a surfacing orca, each one describes the other.“Some photographers take reality… and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation” -Ansel Adams-

Paul Dolk’s photographs embody his spirit of devotion towards the natural world of Newfoundland, the thrill of the photographer’s process and a heart that is oceans wide and deep. Framing the fluid nature of a whale’s descension or extension into the sky, the images are stretched beyond the normal and proper limits of our expectations”

Paul’s studio is located in Open Hall on Route 235. Once in Open Hall, pass the Church and take the second gravel road on your left. The studio features a mural with a large Sperm Whale painting.  See the COMMUNITIES AND DIRECTIONS page for directions to Open Hall.