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

Performing and Fine Arts

TRINITY

The Bonavista Peninsula is a place where music, theatre and art are sewn into the fabric of our being.  Here are just a few options for where to take in quality art or experience musical or theatrical performances on the Bonavista Peninsula.  Many businesses and not-for-profits announce artistic events throughout the summer season.  If you are interested in what is going on be sure to ask us when you register. 

RISING TIDE THEATRE

Photo courtesy of Rising Tide Theatre

There is so much to be said about Rising Tide Theatre located in Trinity that we have created its own page under our Explore Trinity.  2018 marks the 40th year anniversary of the Theatre Company. Its director, Donna Butt, has received the order of Canada for her contribution to the arts in Canada.

Visit our Rising Tide Page to learn about 

RISING TIDE SEASONS IN THE BIGHT THEATRE FESTIVAL: EVERY NIGHT JUNE – LATE SEPT

RISING TIDE NEWFOUNDLAND TRINITY PAGEANT: WED & SAT JULY-LABOUR DAY

RISING TIDE DINNER THEATRE: WED & SAT JULY-LABOUR DAY

 

ST. PAUL’S SUMMER CONERT SERIES

Come experience the exceptional beauty and incredible acoustics of St. Paul’s.

Admission: By donation, to be used for maintenance of the church

Upcoming Concert Dates: Wednesday July 7 – 7:00pm – The Scallywags (bluegrass, country / NFLD)

Wednesday July 31st – 7:00pm – Maureen and Friends: A Celebration of Newfoundland Music

Sunday August 4th – 7:30pm – The Ennis Sisters

 

TWINE LOFT ART EXHIBITS

Art Exhibit at the Twine Loft

The Twine Loft uses its walls to exhibit original Newfoundland art and a majority of the pieces are for sale.  If you are not a guest of the inn or dining with us, you are welcome to come look at the art between 10am and 5:30pm when meal services are not taking place.

View our Art Exhibits page under our Restaurant section to learn more about featured artists.

PORT REXTON

10 Minutes from Trinity

TWO WHALES COFFEE SHOP

The Two Whales Coffee Shop doubles as a vegetarian restaurant and gallery space, featuring multiple exhibits, often of Newfoundland artists, throughout their operating season. They also host musical performances multiple times a month.  To find out which artists are being featured or concert schedules, visit their website.

Two Whales Website

FISHER’S LOFT CONFERENCE CENTRE

Art Exhibits at the Fisher’s Loft Conference Centre

The Fisher’s Loft Conference centre often hosts art exhibits in the main conference room. On occasional evenings throughout the summer authors host book readings.

Fisher’s Loft Website

 

ENGLISH HARBOUR

19 minutes from Trinity

English Harbour Arts Centre

ENGLISH HARBOUR ARTS CENTRE

The English Harbour Arts Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of artistic and cultural education and the preservation of historic and cultural spaces. They are committed to operating an economically self-sustaining institution for the arts that provides learning opportunities for people of all ages and levels of artistic experience. Their multidisciplinary program includes art holidays, workshops, residencies, community outreach, special projects and public events. The English Harbour Arts Centre hosts various performances by some of Newfoundland’s most celebrated musicians including The Once, The Fortunate Ones, Matthew Byrne, The Ennis Sisters and many more.  

Additional Links

English Harbour Arts Centre Website

NEW BONAVENTURE

25 minutes from Trinity on Route 239

RANDOM PASSAGE SITE & JOE’S PLACE

Visit the Random Passage Summer Events page on their website to find out about live performances at the Random Passage Site and Joe’s Place

Random Passage Website

PORT UNION

30 Minutes from Trinity

UNION HOUSE ARTS

Art Gallery, Workshops, Screening Room, Artist Residencies, Community Events

Union House Arts (UHA) is a new community artspace operated through the Sir William F. Coaker Heritage Foundation. UHA is committed to supporting work being produced by artists and craftspeople in Newfoundland and Labrador through place-specific dialogues and collaborative programming in Port Union.

Summer hours are 11-5 Thursday – Monday, until the Biennale starts August 17th. Then the schedule changes to 10am-5pm daily.

Union House Arts Website

BONAVISTA

45 minutes from Trinity

looking out from the stage of the Garrick Theatre. A mic in the centre of the stage, red chairs and the lights are up.

THE GARRICK THEATRE

The  Garrick  is  a  multi-use,  200-seat  theatre  and  meeting  space  in  the  Town  of Bonavista.  Owned and  operated  by  the  Bonavista  Historic  Townscape  Foundation, this  year-round  cultural  facility offers comfortable  theatre  seating,  state-of-the-art sound   and   lighting   equipment   including   full   digital cinema,   and   exceptional acoustics.  At The Garrick you can find the best in performing arts and film.

Additional Links

The Garrick Theatre

ROUTE 235 – DUNTARA

TWO ROOMS CONTEMPORARY ART PROJECTS

Two Rooms is a platform for temporary on-site installation projects, exhibitions & events, and an on-going museum of material culture in Duntara, on the Bonavista Peninsula of Newfoundland.

Two Rooms was also one of the principal founders of the Bonavista Biennale Arts Festival which had its debut in August of 2017.  The Bi-annual event has been announced to return in 2019.

EVERYWHERE – BONAVISTA BIENNALE – AUG 17 – SEPT 15, 2019

An exhibition of contemporary artwork by Indigenous, Canadian and International artists, situated in out port communities along the rugged Noth Atlantic coastline

Biennale Website

A chair is fastened to the rocks being pummeled by the unforgiving Atlantic waves
Bonavista Biennale 2017, One of many exhibits created for the month long festival. Photo by Jimmy Ung

Opening Week

August 17   12:00 p.m.   Longshore, Duntara
Land Acknowledgement
Performance by Meagan Musseau.
Meet at the net-drying grounds

August 17-18   2:00–5:00 p.m.
Meet the artists at their sites.

August 18   12:00 p.m.
Curator’s tour
Location and details TBA

August 18   7:30 p.m.   The Annex, Garrick Theatre, Bonavista
Intersections: Talks and panel discussion with David Liss (MOCA), Jordan Bennett, Camille Turner and East Coast Glow.

August 20   2:00–5:00 p.m.   Tickle Cove (route 235)
Between Land and Sea: Photography workshop with Sylvia Galbraith. Maximum 22 participants. Register here.

Meet at the Arch Hole parking lot in Tickle Cove.

  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Bring a camera (phone will do if needed)
  • Wear proper hiking footwear, no sandals
  • Bring a hat and water bottle
  • Dress for open-country walking and cool weather

Rain date: August 21   2:00–5:00 p.m.


GeoART Symposium

Presented in partnership with Discovery Aspiring Geopark Inc.

Discovery Aspiring Geopark

August 22   1:00–5:00 p.m.   Union House Arts, Port Union

Boulder Kite Workshop: Join artists Meghan Price and Suzanne Nacha for an afternoon of kite making and flying. Maximum 20 participants. Register here.

  • If you can, please bring, scissors, ruler and pencil
  • Part of the workshop will be outdoors. Dress accordingly (hat and/or jacket if needed.)
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

August 23   4:00–6:00 p.m.   Little Catalina
Fossil Hike with geo-enthusiast Don Johnson. Maximum 20 participants. Register here.
Meet at 3:45pm at the gas station in Little Catalina (take the Little Catalina exit from Route 230)

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Entry to coastal area where fossils are present is by interpretive tour only.
  • Wear proper hiking footwear, no sandals.
  • Dress for open-country walking. It could be cool, windy, wet and/or foggy.
  • There are no washroom facilities. If needed, please use washroom at the the gas station before we leave.

August 23   7:00 p.m.   Union House Arts, Port Union
Artist talks and poetry reading with Jennifer Morgan, Meghan Price and Don McKay.


Labour Day Weekend

August 31   10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.   Recreation Centre, Main St., Elliston
Blood From a Stone: Natural dyes workshop with lichen expert Felicity Roberts. This workshop is for participants 12 years and older. Maximum 20 participants. Register here.

Please bring a small ball of wool and small glass jar. Materials can also be purchased at the workshop.

August 30 and 31, September 2
Museum of Newfound Curiosity: Food pop-up truck with chef Bob Blumer. Check this page and facebook.com/bonavistabiennale daily for times.

September 2   Time TBA   Port Union
Outdoor Kiln Firing with artists Michael Flaherty and Jason Holley.
(weather dependant)

Ongoing

August 21 and 30, September 8   2:00 p.m.   Fisher’s Loft Conference Centre, Port Rexton
Koop, a film by Katherine Knight on artist Wanda Koop. Fisher’s Loft Conference Centre, Port Rexton. Parking at Bishop White School on Rocky Hill Road.
Parking at Bishop White School on Rocky Hill Road.

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Explore Trinity, Newfoundland

Discover the many reasons why Trinity is the perfect place to stay while exploring Eastern Newfoundland’s Bonavista Peninsula.  Trinity is one of the most walk-able town’s of Newfoundland, taking only 25 minutes to stroll the circumference of the town with various white-picket fence lined streets criss-crossing throughout its centre.   The majority of attractions and activities are located on the opposite end of town to the Artisan Inn’s accommodations, allowing our guests to take advantage of the peace and quiet of an out-port community while being only a few minutes away by foot from Rising Tide Theatre, whale watching, historic sites and shopping.

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