Newfoundland & Labrador Covid 19 Updates

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


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Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 Pandemic Update Data Hub 


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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.”


2024 Job Opportunities – Artisan Inn Trinity



Front Desk / Guest Experience Agent: Full-Time Seasonal, Available 2024 Season starting early May

Property & Outdoor Area Maintenance: Full-Time Seasonal, Available 2024 Season starting mid-April

Evening Dining Room Assistant: Part-Time Casual Shifts available starting late mid-June

Find Details about each position below!



With our full-time Front Desk Agent no longer living in Trinity, we are looking to refill this position. We are looking for an individual who can work full-time for the 2024 season. Our goal is to find a member for our team who can start in this position and has a desire to develop their role within the business to take on more responsibilities of general operations. 

HOUSING OPTION: This position comes with the option of renting our staff house, located within a 10-minute walk of the business, for 6 months or year-round for a candidate looking to relocate full-time to the Bonavista Peninsula. 

Here is what Dale, our last Front Desk Agent said about her job: “I can actually say that the staff I worked with at the Artisan Inn was one of the best I have worked with ever. My job in the office was also a job like no other. I truly enjoyed it.” Feb 25, 2024

Tasks Associated With Front Desk / Guest Services

-Receive and process accommodation reservations in person, over the phone, via social media & email, and process through our online booking system.

-Assist guests upon arrival with check-in and area orientation.

-Receive and process dinner reservations in person, over the phone or via our online reservation system, and process through our online booking system. 

-Assist dining room staff with setting up the dining room, seating guests, and providing occasional drink service to guests when dining room servers are very busy. (typically as we switch between he early sitting to the late dinner sitting.)

-Create documents such as menus, schedules & forms. 

-Update information in our digital concierge service system. (Training provided)


-Research, compose and format information for social media posts, blogs and special projects. 

-Assist with organizing and carrying out small special events at the business.

Task-specific training for the majority of duties will be provided on the job. 

Job Requirements To Note

-Must have a vehicle and a valid driver’s license.

-must have a smartphone and be willing to install apps and learn to use apps our team uses for communication.

-Must have the ability to work on one’s feet , go up and down stairs often.  Must also be able to sit for long periods and work at a computer.

Practical details

-Pay will be discussed and determined based on the level of skill the successful applicant brings to the position. This position also receives a percentage of even dining room gratuities.  

-This position is predominantly scheduled between 12-8pm daily, 5 days a week. There is some flexibility in this which can be discussed if you are being considered for this position. Please include details in your cover letter regarding availability. The successful applicant must be comfortable driving in the dark during the months when it is dark before 8pm.  

-This is a seasonal position beginning in early-mid May and ends late October. 

-The successful applicant will be working on the second floor of the Twine Loft restaurant. Should an applicant have a food allergy that impacts their ability to work in this setting it should be disclosed during the interview process.

-We would love to hire someone who wishes to eventually take on more responsibility at the inn with regard to management duties.  If this is of interest to you, please let us know in your cover letter!

How to apply

Email: Please submit a resume to Marieke Gow  

Note Marieke will be out of the country until March 26 so all correspondence until then must be via email.

Email title: Front Desk Job Application

The following items are required:

-A resume with educational background, work history, and other details of interest. 

-2 references (you may wait until you have been interviewed and we have expressed interest in providing references) 

-A cover letter: Not only does the cover letter allow us to know more about you and why you would like to work in this position, but it also serves as a demonstration of your written communication skills. 



Start Date: April 2024
Why We are Hiring for This Position: We are looking for an individual to fill a position left vacant by Herb Stone who will no longer be living in Trinity.
About the Maintenance Team: We are a detail-oriented business, always anticipating the needs and desires of our guests. Our maintenance team plays a big role in ensuring we are putting our best foot forward and delivering an amazing experience. The individual who fills this position will interact with all Artisan Inn staff members throughout their day, but will work directly with Travis Hiscock, Mason Ballett and Jon Baggs (the inn’s maintenance manager who has trained in carpentry).

Tasks Associated With This Position

-Assist housekeeping staff with daily turnovers: cleaning of BBQs, removal of recyclables from properties and occasionally stripping beds on heavy turnover days.
-Assist restaurant staff with receiving deliveries and bringing food and wine from storage to the restaurant.
-Perform general maintenance throughout our 9 properties. (fixing minor plumbing and electrical issues that do not require an electrician, assembling furniture…)
-Work with the maintenance team to perform general upkeep of properties and occasional special projects (ex maintenance of fencing and exterior siding, assisting with carpentry projects, interior painting, general lawn care, and gardening)
-Interact with guests in a professional and friendly manner when assistance is required.

Preferred Qualifications / Experience / Job Requirements

-Has a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
-Has a smartphone and is willing to install apps and learn to use apps our team uses for communication. (this is a strong preference versus a requirement)
-Has experience with building maintenance and the ability to assist on upgrade projects.
-Having knowledge about gardening or landscaping is not required but is highly valued. Should an applicant have experience and more interest in gardening and landscaping, the job can be more tailored to those tasks.
-Possess the ability to work in a team setting, but can also perform self-directed work without supervision once trained and instructed on a task.
-Demonstrate excellent organizational skills, communication skills, and problem-solving skills.

Additional Details

Hours: 40-50 hours per week, 5 sometimes 6 days per week. Schedules will be determined with your colleagues on the maintenance team. Our season is long enough to ensure staff have the opportunity to qualify for EI.
Pay: Pay is per hour and the rate will be determined based on the applicant’s skills and experience.

How to apply

Email: Please submit a resume to Marieke Gow  

Note Marieke will be out of the country until March 26 so all correspondence until then must be via email.

Email title: Property and Outdoor Area Maintenance

The following items are required:

-A resume with educational background, work history, and other details of interest. 

-2 references (you may wait until you have been interviewed and we have expressed interest in providing references) 

-A cover letter or details in your email that tell us about why you wish to work in this position. 


Start Date: June 2024
Why We Are Hiring for This Position:

We are looking for someone to assist in our dining room 1-2 days per week. This position is to be an extra set of hands for our principal service team so we can ensure our guests are getting the best service possible and busy periods do not become overwhelming for our team. We deliver the experience of a set menu 3-course meal with professional and attentive service, however, we aim to create a relaxed atmosphere for our guests. Our dining room staff (front and back-of-house) function together as a team. This position is perfect for someone who is energetic, loves working in a team setting, and enjoys meeting new people from all over the world.

Tasks Associated With This Position

-Setting up the dining room

-Stocking drinks and garnishes

-Drink service on the deck (beer, wine, and cocktails)

-Taking dining reservations from walk-ins

-Confirming allergies and dietary restrictions

-Handling payments

-Assisting cook with plating meals

-Assisting dishwasher with putting clean dishes away

On-the-job training for the majority of tasks is provided

Candidates willing to be trained on evening meal dinner service (in case an extra server is required should a staff member have an emergency and not be able to come to work) will be preferred.

Practical details

Pay will be discussed upon application. In addition to hourly wages, the position also includes a percentage of dining room gratuities.

This position is predominantly scheduled between 3:00pm or 4:00pm-8:30pm daily. The start time may be negotiable on certain dates. The majority of shifts will be between June through September with training happening in May.

Job Requirements

Unless living directly in Trinity, this staff member must have a vehicle and a valid driver’s license.

This staff member must be 19 years or older.

How to apply

Email: Please submit a resume to Marieke Gow  

Note Marieke will be out of the country until March 26 so all correspondence until then must be via email.

Email title: Dining Room Assistant Application

The following items are required:

-A resume with work history and other details of interest. 

-2 references (you may wait until you have been interviewed and we have expressed interest to provide rus with eferences, however, they will be required to be successful in receiving the position)

-A ahort cover letter: Not only does the cover letter allow us to know more about you and why you would like to work in this position, but it also serves as a demonstration of your written communication skills. 


Our team leads (general manager, head cook, head housekeeper, head office manager, head maintenance manager & head server) have received training in leadership management and communication from SHIFT People Development.  We cater to an affluent clientele who are detail-oriented and looking for genuine interactions and considerate service.  Guests often leave saying that watching our staff interact with each other makes our business stand out among others. For this reason, we hire just as much for attitude as we do for skill.   The restaurant and accommodations industry can be demanding and fast-paced. Our team members show up for each other ready to work and support each other in finding solutions when scheduling challenges arise due to special or unexpected life events. If you are applying for a position with our establishment please provide details in your cover letter that provide insight into how the position you are applying for will be a good fit with your interests and other commitments in your life.

Please find details below on the jobs we are advertising for.

Thank You,

Marieke (Pronounced Marie-kah) Gow
Pronouns She/Her

Are you wondering if you are a good fit for our team? Here are some skills & attitudes that impress us!



Takes responsibility for learning the skills and knowledge provided



Customer service-oriented


Works well under pressure

The ability to work quickly in a fast-paced environment

Positive Attitude

Willingness to lend a hand when a fellow colleague needs it




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 an immediate deposit?

4. Why is there still a an administration fee even if I cancel right after booking?

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. Fisher Cove Room or Fort Point Room appear to be the exact same rooms as Campbell Suite.  Why is Campbell house listed as a suite when it is a full private home.

7. Is there Cell Phone Service In Trinity?

8. Do all properties have a good wifi connection

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?

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.  While last-minute bookings are easier in May and October, please keep in mind that many businesses determine opening and closing dates based on pre-bookings so you may arrive and discover that many accommodations and dining options are closed.

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

Absolutely.   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).  Our side of town is mainly occupied by seaside houses and private properties so there are fewer pedestrians and fewer 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 while also experiencing the tranquility of a genuine Newfoundland out-port experience while relaxing on the premises.

3. Why does the Artisan Inn require 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 space, which could have been booked many times over, will sit empty.

4. Why is there still a an administration fee even if I cancel right after booking?

The administrative fee covers 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.  We understand that sometimes guests can make mistakes with their dates or itinerary, which is why for the first 24 hours after a booking we only charge 6% to cover credit card fees.

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

Please note that dure to the historic nature of many of our properties, none are officially wheelchair accessible.

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. Please note the that bathroom does have a tub versus walk in shower. We recommend that you look at the photos on the STUDIO  profile page. The Barbour Place, where the Studio Suite, is located can also be rented as a 3 bedroom private vacation home under special circumstances.

While we have no vacation homes with both a bathroom and bedroom on the ground floor, Admiral’s Lookout, Cove Cottage and Harbour House have pull out couches and washrooms on the main floor if someone wants to avoid going up and down the stairs during their stay.

We do not recommend guests with mobility issues to rent Gover House as it has a long path to access it and while one bedroom is on the main floor both bathrooms are on the second floor.

6. Fisher Cove Room or Fort Point Room appear to be the exact same rooms as Campbell Suite.

Prior to the pandemic Campbell House was always rented by the room, however, we found that during the pandemic it was easier on HR to rent it as a full property and we have enough guests interested in renting the entire property privately that we have decided to go that route.  We still list the individual rooms on our website since during the early May and late October we do sometimes rent the rooms individually.   The Campbell House is listed as a suite versus a vacation home because guests do not have access to a full kitchen (there is a coffee station, toaster and microwave but no ability to cook).  Our concern is that guests will make the assumption there is a full kitchen if they see it listed as a vacation home.

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.  We suggest before arriving in Trinity to set up wifi calling on your cell phone. This will allow you to make and receive free clear calls on your cell phone when you are connected to our wifi network.

8. Do all properties have a good wifi connection

Yes. All rented properties have their own wifi network.

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 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 and the eastern side of the Bacalieu Trail.

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

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.  This can be confusing since our Trinity is located on the Bonavista Peninsula. 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 and know that we are located aproximately 3 hours from St. John’s.

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?

Depending on the month, but we always recommend booking your vehicle as soon as you make any reservations for flights and accommodations.  Vehicles for July and August tend to start selling out by February. There are fewer 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 Facebook and we will post updates on when they are in Trinity Bay. 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 (Mid May to Early June) and early summer (Mid August).  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.  While the majority of humbacks do leave by September, some do remain and other species remain in the fall as well including Sperm Whales , super pods of Dolphins and Orcas. Follow us on 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?

Mid August to 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 (the 3rd weekend of May), 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.


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


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 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


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


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



Eat and Drink in Trinity



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


The Twine Loft is recommended by “Where to Eat in Canada”.  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.   


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



Located near the majority of historic sites in Trinity, Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate and Sweet Rock Ice Cream are made right in Trinity.  Sorbet is available for those who cannot have lactose.

Waffle Cones and ice cream from Sweet Rock


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.


Just outside the historic core of Trinity, Trinity Cabin’s offers a spot to grab a cup of coffee, breakfast or lunch.  Their made to order sandwiches are perfect for taking on day hikes and drives.  They also excel at baked goods.


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


White deck chairs overlook an icy cove in Trinity


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.  


Hiking: 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



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
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.


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


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


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 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


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.


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


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.


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.