2021 June Bonavista Peninsula Activities Guide

All activities listed can be enjoyed during the month of June. Please check with individual businesses for their most up to date schedule.

If you are an attraction or shop that would like to be added to this list contact us at info@trinityvacations.com.

TRINITY 

Trinity Visitor’s Centre: 709-464-2042. The visitor centre will provide information on these Trinity Historical Sites:

PROVINCIAL SITES
Trinity Historic Sites – Provincial Historic Sites (seethesites.ca)

  • The Green Family Forge – Municipal
  • The Hiscock House – Municipal
  • The Trinity Museum – Municipal
  • The Lester Garland Building – Municipal
  • The Cooperage – Municipal
  • St. Paul & Holy Trinity Churches
  • Fort Point Lighthouse – Municipal (located 15 minutes from Trinity
  • Trinity Catholic Church

TRINITY MUNICIPAL SITES 

  • Ryan Building – Provincial 
  • Hiscock House – Provincial 

The Rising Tide Theatre: Performances Begin June 16th Schedule is available online. 2021 709-464-3232   (book a pre-theatre dinner seating at the Twine Loft, just a few minute’s walk from the theatre)

Sea Of Whales Adventures: Call for boat tour schedule 709-464-2200

Trinity Eco Tours: Call for boat tour schedule 709-464-3712

Trinity Historical Walking Tours: Occasionally does private tours during summer of 2021, 709-464-3723 ,  709-363-8528 

Hike Upper and Lower Gun Hill Trail: Upper trail begins behind the Royal Bank, lower Gun Hill Trail begins behind the theatre.  Easy (very top can be difficult) 2km lower trail 1km upper trail

Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Sweet Rock Ice Cream:  Open Thursdays-Sundays in June 11am-8pm. Call ahead to arrange online ordering for other days of the week  709-436-2015

Elizabeth Burry Designs / Mirabella   : (shopping) Open Wed – Saturday 11:00 – 4:00pm  709-697-106

Trinity Craft at the Hiscock House: (shopping) Open 9:00am – 5:00pm daily 709 464-3823

Dock Marina Shop  (shopping) Open 11:30-7:00pm 1-709-464-2133

Trinity Loop: While not an official tourist attraction, what was once the main attraction to the Trinity area is now an abandoned train themed amusement park.  Check out this unique relic at your own risk! Driving Directions

 

NEW BONAVENTURE 

Random Passage Site & Tea Room and Joes Place: Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, and the hours of operation for Joe’s Place is Wednesday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 8pm, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight 709-464-2233

PORT REXTON

Port Rexton Brewery: Please check with brewery for operational days and hours

Skerwink Trail: Moderate – Difficult 5.3km Loop 1.5-2 hours 

CHAMPNEY’S WEST

Champney’s West Aquarium: opening at the end of June. 709-464-2510

Fox Island Trail Easy – Moderate 5.5km Loop Approx. 2 hours

PORT UNION 

Sir William Coaker Foundation: Please call for hours 709-469-2207

Murphey’s Cove Lodges Pond Trail  Moderate  7.7km Loop, Approx. 3 Hours

Haootia Fossil  UNESCO GEOPARK SITE

Union House Arts: Check their website for exhibits and workshops

ELLISTON 

Puffin Viewing Site: The Puffins have arrived for the 2021 season!

Klondike Trail Gentle – Moderate 3km, 45 minutes each way

Root Cellars:  UNESCO GEOPARK SITE

BONAVISTA 

The Ryan Premises National Historic Site: 10:00am-6:00pm daily  709-772-5367

Bonavista Lighthouse: 9:30-5:00pm daily Puffin viewing can be done from behind the lighthouse

The Mockbeggar Plantation: open 9:30-5pm daily 709-468-7300

Matthew Legacy: open 10am-6pm 7 days a week 709-468-1493

The Dungeon Provincial Park: UNESCO GEOPARK SITE

Bonavista Adventure Tours: 709-470-8687

Bonavista Puffin & Whale Tours: 709-468-4838

Discovery Sea Adventures: 1-709-470-0322

East Coast Glow (locally made soap products) (shopping) 1-709-468-1683

Tree Line Fine Craft: (shopping) Opening June 19th  check website for operating times 709-218-7956

Cape Shore Trail Gentle 3.5 Kilometer approx. 1 hour each way

KING’S COVE

Lighthouse Trail Gentle – Moderate 1.7km inner look 3.5 km outer look 30 minutes or one hour. Highlight Brookspoint UNESCO Discovery Geopark Site

KEELS

Devil’s Footprints – UNESCO Discovery Geopark Site

TICKLE COVE

Tickle Cove Sea Arch – UNESCO Discovery Geopark Site

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2020 Fall Trinity & Surrounding Area Travel Guide

The staff of the Artisan Inn has worked hard to gather this information to help visitors with their trip planning.  If you are a business on this list and your information is not correct please email info@trinityvacations.com to provide updates.  If you are not on this list and would like to be please also contact us.  

Please always call ahead to businesses as information may have changed without us being notified. Operating while the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing makes running a business very challenging. Please be patient with operators if their hours do not line up as advertised, they decide to close or do things differently than advertised. Information and protocols are changing on a daily basis.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has visited the Artisan Inn or Twine Loft restaurant during their Stay Home Year 2020 Staycation.

TRINITY

WHERE TO STAY

The Artisan Inn will keep all vacation homes open until the end of October and maybe longer.  Please contact us directly regarding available rooms as we are renting our rooms a little differently this year.

WHERE TO EAT

Twine Loft Evening Dining Recommended by Where to Eat In Canada 2019-2020 Edition. Open until October 24th 2020, re-opening May 2021


Evening Dining: & Drinks on the Deck
Open Wednesday-Sundays. $60 per seat. Dinner service is at 6pm each night with the exception of Friday evening when dinner service is at 7pm. Dinner is a 3-course meal with choices for the appetizer and main course and one set dessert. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian diets can be accommodated. Dinner guests may come prior to dinner for pre-dinner drinks at their table or on the waterside deck. On select dates, we may require a minimum number of dinner guests for us to operate if we do not have reservations from guests staying in our own properties.  Call 1-709-464-3377 to book or email info@trinityvacations.com. A credit card number is required to hold the reservation. 

ADDITIONAL RESTAURANTS IN TRINITY

Skipper Bob’s Cafe: Hoping to remain open until the end of October Open at ½ capacity with 3 picnic tables for outside eating available. 8am – 4pm daily   709-464-3712

The Dock Marina: Will stay open until September 26th: Open at ½ capacity. 11:30 am – 8:00pm Daily 709-464-2133. There is an ATM at this location

HISTORY IN TRINITY

HISTORY IN TRINITY – SELECT HISTORIC SITES ARE OPEN

Trinity Visitor’s Centre: Open 9:30am – 5:00pm until Friday of Thanksgiving Weekend

The Green Family Forge: The Blacksmiths are at the Forge from Monday-Friday and visits can be arranged by contacting Jim Miller ED of the Trinity Historical Society 

The Hiscock House

The Ryan Shop / Mercantile Premises in Trinity

St. Paul’s & Holy Trinity Churches

GUIDED HISTORY TOUR

Trinity Historical Walking Tours: Trinity Historical Walking Tours is finished for the season, however, it may be possible to arrange a private tour. 709-464-3723  709-363-8528

Even without a tour option, exploring the unique architecture of Trinity is worth a walk through town.

 

HIKING IN TRINITY – GUN HILL TRAIL

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.

 

THEATRE IN TRINITY – RISING TIDE

The Rising Tide TheatreTERESE’S CREED FALL 2020 schedule

THURSDAY, SEPT. 17TH AT 8:00 PM

FRIDAY, SEPT. 18TH AT 8:00 PM

SATURDAY, SEPT. 19TH AT 8:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23RD AT 8:00 PM

THURSDAY, SEPT. 24TH AT 8:00 PM

FRIDAY, SEPT. 25TH AT 8:00 PM

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26TH AT 8:00 PM

BOAT TOURS IN TRINITY

Fall sightings include superpods of dolphins, various species of whales, bluefin tuna and bald eagles.  

Sea Of Whales Adventures:   Allowing up to two bubbles at a time depending on group size, will primarily take out single, double and extended bubbles. 709-464-2200.  Running dates depend on demand. 

Trinity Eco Tours: Whale watching, Kayaking and ATV tours available. 709-464-3712

BEACHES IN TRINITY

Trinity is almost completely surrounded by water and visitors can explore numerous beaches and search for sea glass.

SHOPPING IN TRINITY

Mirabella: Closed for the season, but re-opening for a weekend sale September 25 &26. Potentially shopping can be done by appointment before and after these dates 1- 709-697-1061

The Dock Marina Gift Shop: Open daily 11:00am – 6:00pm: Will stay open until September 26 709-464-2133

Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Shop & Sweet Rock Ice Cream: Retail shop opening while there is still demand. Will move to curbside after that.  Soon scoop ice cream will no longer be available, but you can purchase small tubs of their flavours at the shop.  Demand has been high for Aunt Sarah’s Chocolates. If you are looking to buy a number of bags consider calling ahead.  

Trinity Craft Store ( The Hiscock House): Open until Thanksgiving. After September 25th, various products will be 10% off.

 TEN MINUTES FROM TRINITY

TRINITY LOOP – ROUTE 239

Dawn Evans Photography

An Instagram favourite, the Trinity Loop is an abandoned amusement park that used to attract residential travellers from all over the island to ride the Ferris wheel, have fish and chips in a train car or ride the wooden train around the pond while being entertained by wooden cutouts of cartoon characters.   The Loop closed in the 1990s and over time the elements have taken it over. Even VICE has done an episode on this location that holds many memories for those of us who visited as kids. To get there leave Trinity and turn left onto Route 239. After passing Bartlett’s Electrical on your right, you will see a sharp right-hand turn.  Drive for a few minutes up this paved road to reach the entrance and walk down to see the fallen Ferris wheel and the overgrown mini-golf course.

PORT REXTON 

To get there, turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230.

WHERE TO EAT

Port Rexton Brewery Taproom: Taproom hours will be Monday – Wednesday Closed, Thursday 12-8pm, Friday – Saturday 12-10, Sunday 11-4 (Monday of Thanksgiving Weekend 11-4)

Oh My Cheeses located at the brewery: Same hours as the brewery/

Two Whales Coffee Shop: Open 5 Days a week Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday   10:00am-3:00pm  (CLOSED TUES-WED) 709-464-3928
Head over to Two Whales online store (www.twowhales.com), phone 464 3928, or drop by to place your order!

The Galley:  709-464-3832 11:30-7pm throughout September and October.

HIKING

Skerwink Trail: See our Hiking and Walking Page for details on this hike

FIFTEEN  MINUTES FROM TRINITY

CHAMPNEY’S WEST

A beautiful community with fishing sheds lining the water. There are no businesses (restaurants, shops or sites) open here at this time of the years. To get there, turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive past Port Rexton, Passing the Two Whales Coffee Shop and take the next right to Champney’s West. You will reach a fork in the road and stay to the right. This drive from the 239/230 turn off is 7.2km.

HIKING:

Fox Island Trail: See our HIKING AND WALKING GUIDE for more details

 

TWENTY MINUTES FROM TRINITY:

FORT POINT LIGHTHOUSE ROUTE 239

20 minutes from Trinity, Fort Point, also known as Admiral’s Point, offers a view of Trinity from the other side of Trinity Harbour.  This is where a British fortification stood 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. There is also a great beach to walk along.

TWENTY – FIVE MINUTES FROM TRINITY: PORT UNION 

Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Continue driving for 27.9km (approximately 25 minutes)

HISTORY

Sir William Coaker Foundation: The Factory Interpretation Centre hours for the month of September are 9-5 Friday’s until Tuesday ‘s Closed Wednesday and Thursday. Their hours will be updated for October at the end of September.

WHERE TO HIKING

Murphy’s Cove Trail: See our HIKING AND WALKING GUIDE for more details

WHERE TO EAT

Seaport Inn Dining Room: Open Sunday – Saturday 8:00am – 8:00pm. 30 person max, takeout is available and reservations are recommended. 709-469-2257

Stella’s Cafe (in nearby Catalina): Open for inside dining 11:00am – 7:00pm every day

WHERE TO SHOP

Women’s Institute Gift & Craft Shop: Monday to Saturday 9- 6 and Sunday Closing October 6th 1 – 5 709-469-2823

Wild Cove Pottery: Open daily until mid October (except Tuesdays) 10:00am – 6:00pm.  709-740-6925

Sir William Coaker Foundation Gift & Craft Shop: The Factory Interpretation Centre hours for the month of September are 9-5 Fridays until Tuesdays Closed Wednesday and Thursday. Their hours will be updated for October at the end of September.

FORTY MINUTES FROM TRINITY: ELLISTON

WHAT TO DO

John C. Crosbie Centre Open 9-5 daily, closing Oct 3rd

HIKING

Klondike Trail: See our HIKING AND WALKING GUIDE for more details

FIFTY MINUTES FROM TRINITY: BONAVISTA

WHERE TO EAT

Little Dairy King: Open Daily, 11:00 am – 8:00pm. Unsure of closing date. 709-468-2820 (last updated September 16)

PK’s Restaurant: Open daily, 9:00am- 9:00pm. Takeout or eat in. Limited space, reservations not required but recommended. 709-468-2828 (last updated September 16)

Mary Browns: Daily 11:30am – 8:00pm 709-468-5444 

Robins Coffee Shop: Open daily from 6:00am – 9:00pm. 

Subway: Open daily 10:00 am – 8:00pm. 

Walkham’s Gate Pub & Cafe: Pub open this fall, cafe closed 709-468-7004 (Last updated September 16)

WHAT TO DO

Mockbegger Plantation: Open daily 9:30-5 closed from 1-2 for Lunch. Closing Oct 9th

THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANTS AND SITES HAVE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON OR DID NOT OPEN IN 2020 

TRINITY

Eriksen Premises & Craft Store Closed

Trinity Cabins: Closed for 2020

A & K Catering/Trinity Catering: Closed for the season

Craft Store ( The Lester Garland Building): Closed

PORT REXTON

Fisher’s Loft Closed

NEW BONAVENTURE

Random Passage Tea Room closed

ROUTE 230 near CHAMPNEY’S WEST

Fishing Stage Takeout closed

ELLISTON

The Puffin Cafe: Closed for the season

Nanny’s Root Cellar Kitchen: Closed for the season but will reopen for Roots Rants and Roars. 709-468-5050

BONAVISTA

Ragged Rocks Gastropub: Closing Sept 20th

Mifflin’s Tea Room: Closing Sept 19th 

The Quintal Cafe: Closed Fall 2020

The Boreal Diner: Closed Fall 2020

Sea Breeze Take Out: Closed Fall 2020

Bonavista Bicycle Picnics & Cafe: Closed Fall 2020 

Moreish Cupcakes & Treats: No information at this time. 709-476-2440

Skippers Cafe: Closed for the Season

Baie Vista Restaurant: Closed for the Season

Matthew Legacy Centre closed for 2020

The Ryan Premises Closed for 2020

UPPER AMHERST COVE

Bonavista Social Club: Closed for the Season

KEELS

Maudie’s Tea Room: Closed Fall 2020

 

 

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 2021 Trinity Visitor Guide

Pack Ice in front of Artisan Inn
Marieke Gow Photography

Last updated April 16th 2021: Please note that due to Covid-19 operators often need to change their dates and times of operation.  Certain operators were not certain of their opening dates when we contacted them, but we will follow up with them once May begins. This should be used as a general guide, but always check current operating info with a business  prior to going. If you are a business that would like to be listed, or your status has changed since we last checked, please email info@trinityvacations.com.

THE ARRIVAL OF ICEBERGS

Trinity and Bonavista Bay are part of Iceberg Alley, a stretch of ocean that icebergs travel along throughout Spring and Early Summer. the Bonavista Peninsula often sees the arrival of icebergs early in the season with many being viewable from land, while others are better observed by one of the various boat tour operators in our area.  The largest concentration of icebergs typically arrives between May and June. No two iceberg seasons are the same.  Take comfort in knowing that if you come during a poor iceberg year you will still have plenty to do on the Bonavista Peninsula.

NEWFOUNDLAND ICEBERG REPORTS

Newfoundland Iceberg Reports is a crowd sourced Facebook page where Newfoundlanders and visitors can contribute iceberg reports and photos instantly.

Nature Focused Boat Tours

There are 2 boat tour operators in Trinity.  Their ability to go out is based on ice, weather and a minimum number of people, although many are willing to do a full tour if 2 or 3 people are willing to pay the equivalent of 4 passengers, which is often their minimum.  If icebergs are in the area, these boat tours can offer an experience you won’t soon forget. Check out Sea of Whales Adventures and Trinity Eco Tours

Dine in Trinity

Our TWINE LOFT DINING ROOM  is recommended by Where to Eat in Canada and Lonely Planet.  The restaurant is licensed to serve the public so one does not need to be a guest of the inn to make a reservation, however, we will only operate on nights when we have guests of the Artisan Inn booked for dining or if there is a minimum of 4-6 people booked from outside the inn.   If you would like to dine with us around this time, whether you are a guest of the inn or not, please contact us as soon as possible to make your reservations to help us know which days we should plan to operate. Enjoy additional accommodation discounts on rooms and vacation homes and guarantee that the restaurant will operate during your stay when you book a MAY STAY, HIKE & DINE PACKAGE

Other places to eat in Trinity 

Dock Marina restaurant is opening for dine in and take out service on May 7th.  Please note they may not be operating every day of the week at the start of May.

Places To Eat in the Area

Two Whales Coffee Shop: Opening for take out service April 24th

The Galley Restaurant: Operating Wednesday-Sunday in April, stayed tuned for operating days in May.

Peace Cove Inn: Opening weekends starting May 21st Friday – Sundays (heavy on take out service with limited seating inside)

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

Fireside Dining Located in Seaport Inn Port Union: Opening May 2nd for daily service.

Bonavista Social Club: Located in Upper Amherst Cove will be opening for Take Out Picnics on the May 24th weekend.

If you are en route to Trinity we suggest stops at Bare Mountain Coffee House in Trinity & Newfoundland Cider Company in Milton

Appreciate Craft Beer at Port Rexton Brewery

The Port Rexton Brewery is one of Newfoundland’s finest, award-winning microbreweries, located only a 10-minute drive from the Artisan Inn.  Please be advised that Taxi services are not available in the Trinity Bight area. You can also go to the brewery for Growler fill-ups and cans if you prefer to drink your craft beer back at your accommodations. The brewery can operate whenever we are in Level 2 phase. Please check their website and social media for the operating dates and times in May.  Oh My Cheese’s operates a grilled cheese service at the Brewery.

Shopping in Trinity

Mirabella Artisan Studio & Shop: Locally hand made jewelry this shop intends to open May 12 2021. Please visit their website for updates on hours and operating dates.

Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate (Also serving Sweet Rock Ice Cream)Located in Trinity. The current planned opening date is the Victoria Day Weekend.

Art’s GalleryLocated in the same building as the Dock Marina, this large store carries Newfoundland books, jewelry, quilts, apparel, and other crafts. Opening May 7th (check with them for operating days)

Craft Shop at Lester Garland Building: Due to Covid-19 opening dates are not currently certain, but this shop should be opening around the Victoria Day Weekend.

Green Family Forge: Due to Covid-19 opening dates are not currently certain, but the Forge will likely open to the public around Victoria Day Weekend. The items crafter by the blacksmith can be purchased at the shop.

Hike Discovery Self Guided Local Hikes

The shoulder season means you will be sharing the trails with fewer travellers.  Guests can spend multiple days hiking various trails ranging from 2 to 50 minutes away from the Artisan Inn.  For more details on the below trails, visit our HIKING SECTION.  

Skerwink Trail – Moderate to Difficult
5.3km Loop
Approximately 2 hours

Gun Hill Trail – Easy to Moderate
2km Lower Loop Trail, 1km Upper Trail
Approximately 1-2 hours for both

Fox Island Trail – Moderate
5.5km Loop
Approximately 2 hours

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

Cape Shore Trail – Easy
3.5 km One-way
Approximately 1 hour One-way

Lighthouse Trail – Easy
3.5km outside loop, 1.7km inside loop
Approximately 1.5 hours Outside Loop, 45 minutes Inside Loop

Klondike Trail – Easy
3.0 km One-way
Approximately 1 hour One-way

DETAILED INFORMATION ON HIKING TRAILS

Places to Visit During Day Trips from Trinity

Detailed driving directions to these sites are outlined in the multi-day itinerary you will be provided upon check-in.

Dungeon Provincial Park – Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Spillar’s Cove Sea Stack – Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Tickle Cove Sea Arch – Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Fort Point Lighthouse and Beach

Horsechops – English Harbour

Elliston Root Cellars Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Sealer’s Memorial Statue in Elliston

John Cabot Statue in Bonavista

Bonavista Lighthouse

Port Union Fossils Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

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

For information about the geological attractions listed above, visit our page

GEOLOGICAL WONDERS

Take in the Architecture of Trinity

Walk the white-picket-fence lined streets of Trinity and take in the unique heritage architecture. Some homes in Trinity date back to the early 1800s.  The town was used as the backdrop for the film Maudie which won Best Picture at the Canada Screen Awards in 2018. There are plenty of rocky beaches, perfect for finding sea glass and interesting shells.

Visit our PHOTO TOUR OF TRINITY page to find out what you will see during a stroll around town.

Learn More about MOVIE SETS AND LOCATIONS in Trinity Bight

Relax At The Artisan Inn and take time to do nothing!

The Bonavista Peninsula is a stunning destination.  One of the most common complaints we hear from guests at check out is that they forgot to schedule the time to do nothing.   Even on days of cooler, or even wild weather, curling up with a book in one of our properties can do wonders for the soul.  We provide copies of The Grand Seduction, Maudie, Random Passage and The Shipping News to guests to watch in their rooms or vacation homes, as well as directions to many locations where these films were shot. If you love history and are disappointed to be missing some of the historic sites and museums, make history part of your experience by renting one of our homes or rooms, built in the 1800s (Gover House, Campbell House, Nathaniel House, Admiral’s Lookout).

 

The Arrival of Puffins in Elliston

Puffins typically arrive in the region mid May and are best view in Elliston.

Atlantic Puffins in Newfoundland
Puffins by Paul Dolk: To purchase this print visit Paul Dolk’s Website

 

 

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Communities and Directions

TRINITY, TRINITY BAY

 

 

Download Map of Trinity, Newfoundland

Trinity is located 1 hour from The Trans Canada Highway/Highway 1  once you take the exit for Route 230 (near the town of Clarenville)

Drivers have the option of driving directly from Highway 1 to route 230 or they can cut through the town of Clarenville taking Route 230A that eventually meets up with Route 230.  There is little difference in time between these two options, however, the second option is more scenic and more convenient if you plan to stop in Clarenville, which has larger grocery stores and a large NLC (Liquor Store) for supplies.

Drive 50.8km and along Route 230 and turn right onto Route 239

After 3km  you will see a large bay of blue and white buoys (this is a mussel farm)

There is a left-hand turn after this bay that leads into the historic town of Trinity.

Highlights: Shopping, Whale Watching Tours, 7 Historic Sites, Rising Tide Theatre, Dining, Gun Hill Trail, Guided Historical Walking Tour. Visit EXPLORE TRINITY to learn more.

For more details about getting to the Artisan Inn visit our GETTING HERE section.

The following communities located on Route 239, Route 230 and Route 235 are all easily accessible from Trinity ranging from 10 minutes to 50 minutes away.

SOUTH OF TRINITY on ROUTE 239

New Bonaventure

A film set from the Grand Seduction Located in New Bonaventure

Approximately 25 minutes from the Artisan Inn

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. turn left onto route 239 at the T intersection (located by the mussel farm).  New Bonaventure is located at the end of this road, 15.8km from Trinity.

Highlights: Rugged Beauty Boat Tours, Random Passage, Grand Seduction and Shipping News film sets and locations.

Fort Point

 

 

Approximately 19 minutes from the Artisan Inn.

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Drive for 1.9 Kilometers.  Turn left onto Main Road/Route 239 drive for 2.7km and turn left at Dunfield.  Continue driving for 4km.

Highlights: Fort Point Lighthouse and interpretation centre, whale spotting from land (during feeding months)

NORTH of TRINITY on ROUTE 230

Port Rexton/Trinity East

Approximately 13 minutes from the Artisan Inn.

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive 4.5km (5 minutes) to arrive at Port Rexton.  At the bright yellow gas station, turn right onto Rocky Hill Road and drive for 1.9km (3 minutes) passing Bishop White School and the Fisher’s Loft Conference Centre turn off, to reach Trinity East and the start point of the Skerwink Trail. To get to the Port Rexton Brewery, turn left off Rocky Hill Road onto Station Road.

Highlights: Port Rexton Brewery, Skerwink Trail, 2 Whales Vegetarian Coffee Shop

English Harbour

Cliffs of English Harbour

Approximately 19 minutes from the Artisan Inn.

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive 5.9 Kilometers and turn right at the English Harbour Sign.  Drive 4.9 more kilometers.  Continue through English Harbour to the Horse Chops for a great whale watching spot in season, however, visitors should be advised that the road becomes a dirt road and visitors should park their car and continue by foot if they do not feel that their vehicle can handle the terrain.  

Highlights: English Harbour Arts Centre, Horsechops (a coastal area great for viewing whales during feeding season)

Champney’s West

Approximately 18 minutes from the Artisan Inn

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive past Port Rexton, Passing the Two Whales Coffee Shop and take the next right to Champney’s West. You will reach a fork in the road and stay to the right. This drive from the 239/230 turn off is 7.2km.

Highlights: Fox Island Hiking Trail, Champney’s West Aquarium

Port Union

 

Approximately 30 minutes from the Artisan Inn

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Continue driving for 27.9km (approximately 25 minutes)

Highlights: Murphy’s Cove Lodges Pond Trail, The Factory Historic Site, The Bungalow Historic Site, Discovery UNESCO Geopark site.

Elliston & Maberly

Atlantic Puffins
Puffins by Paul Dolk: To purchase this print visit Paul Dolk’s Website

Approximately 45 minutes from the Artisan Inn.

Directions from Route 230: 
Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230.
Drive for 39.7km until you reach the 238 turn-off on your right. Drive 6.3km to reach Elliston. Once in Elliston, The Sealer’s Memorial Statue is located on Main Road, to reach Bird Island, take Sandy Cove Road.  Continue Elliston municipal park and Bird Island to reach Maberly.

Alternative Directions from Bonavista
Directions from Bonavista/Spillar’s Cove: Staying on the main road, you will reach an intersection with signage for Spillar’s Cove. Turn right. this road is the northern section of route 238.  Drive past the Bonavista water tower (keeping it to your right) and past the two cemeteries opposite one another.  Reach Crewe’s Garage, located on a fork in the road.  Take the right arm of the fork. You should see a small sign for Route 238. Drive 7.1km (roughly 10 minutes) to reach Elliston and Maberly.

Highlights: Home From the Sea Sealers Museum, Sealer’s Memorial Statue, Puffin Viewing Site, Root Cellar Capital of the World

Bonavista

Approximately 45 minutes from the Artisan Inn.

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive for 37.km (40 minutes) until you enter the town of Bonavista.

Highlights: Ryan Premises National Historic Site, The Matthew, Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, Shopping, Cape Shore Hiking Trail, The Dungeon

Spillars Cove

Approximately 49 minutes from Trinity

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive for 37.km (40 minutes) until you enter the town of Bonavista.

Staying on the main road, you will reach an intersection with signage for Spillar’s Cove. Turn right. this road is the northern section of route 238.  Drive past the Bonavista water tower (keeping it to your right) and past the two cemeteries opposite one another.

Reach Crewe’s Garage, located on a fork in the road and continue driving straight (turning right will take you to Elliston). Drive 2.4km past Crewe’s Garage to arrive in Spillar’s Cove.

Please park your vehicle where the pavement ends and do not attempt to drive on the dirt road.  This will contribute to the erosion of a geologically significant area of our peninsula and makes it difficult for hikers to proceed safely.

Highlights: Spillar’s Cove Sea Stacks.  Tuckamore Discoveries Walking Tours

Route 235 Communities

The Bonavista Peninsula is a loop with Route 235 serving as the opposite side of the loop to Route 230.  One can either visit the communities on the way to Bonavista or on the way back from Bonavista.  These directions are assuming you are visiting these communities on the way to Bonavista.   We recommend you AVOID ROUTE 236.  This is a dirt road and can be unfriendly to your rental vehicle.

Open Hall, Red Cliff, Tickle Cove

Approximately 40 minutes from Trinity

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn left onto Route 230 at the T intersection. Drive 25.3 km (21 minutes) to the Route 235 turn off and turn right.  Drive 25.3 km (25 minutes) to reach the left turn to Open Hall (a few minutes past Plate Cove East).

To reach Red Cliff continue driving 2.4km (3 minutes)

To reach Tickle Cove continue driving 2.5km (5 minutes): The turn off in Tickle Cve to get to the sea Arch is a right hand turn just prior to the community slipway for boats. If you pass the slipway you have gone too far.

Highlights: Tickle Cove Sea Arch, Paul Dolk Photography Studio, Filming areas for Grand Seduction

King’s Cove, Duntara & Keels

Approximately 45 minutes from the Artisan Inn

Rocky Terrain with houses and ocean
Keels

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn Left onto Route 230 at the T intersection. Drive 26km (21 minutes) to the Route 235 turn off and turn right.  Drive 31.6km (28 minutes) until you reach King’s Cove.

If you wish to visit Duntara, turn left at King’s Cove and Drive 5.2km (7 minutes).

If you wish to visit Keels turn left at King’s Cove and drive 8.5km (14 minutes).

Highlights: Lighthouse Hiking Trail in King’s Cove, Devil’s Foot Prints in Keels, Two Rooms Contemporary Art Gallery in Duntara.

Upper Amherst Cove

A whale waves from the water in Upper Amherst Cove

Approximately 45 minutes from the Artisan Inn.

If you are continuing your drive from communities along Route 235, continue driving 18km (18 minutes) north to Upper Amherst Cove.

If you only want to visit Upper Amherst Cove and not the other communities along Rotue 235 follow the below directions.

Take the sharp hairpin turn left at the Royal Bank to get onto Trinity Road. Turn right onto route 239 at the T intersection and drive 3.6km. Turn right onto route 230. Drive 30.4km (24 minutes) to Catalina and turn right onto Route 237.

Drive 11km (12 minutes) along Route 237.  At the end of the road turn right.  Drive 1.8km north (2 minutes)  and turn left into Upper Amherst Cove.

Highlight: The Bonavista Social Club

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

 

Shop Artisan Crafts and Eats

Trinity Crafts, Photo Credit: Kathy Stacy

The following locations are spots where product is being made right here in Trinity and the Artisans themselves, can often be found for a chat.

Mirabella by Elizabeth Burry Studios

Mirabella Jewlery Shop
Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Burry

A seaside shop run by artist and jewelry maker Elizabeth Burry. Mirabella specializes in original art, Elizabeth Burry Jewelry and the pieces of other well known jewelry makers throughout Canada 

Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Shop

Adam and Sarah left their lives in Toronto to run a chocolate shop in the small town of Trinity.  Be sure to stop by for a bag (or 2 or 3) of these amazing chocolates or for a cup of Italian Hot Chocolate with Roasted Marsh Mellows.  

Additional Links: Video: Trinity Chocolate Maker

Aunt Sarah's Chocolate Shop

Trinity Mercantile Coffee

From time to time you may notice a certain toasty aroma wafting through the air in Trinity.  When this happens it means that Ian White is roasting a fresh batch of coffee beans for his various blends of Trinity Mercantile Coffee.  Sip a cup in his shop while enjoying the salmon he smokes in-house, or purchase a bag as a souvenir from your trip.

Trinity Mercantile Coffee Shop

The Cooperage

One of the various historic sites of Trinity (This site does require a pass from the visitor centre), The Cooperage is where you will find Lester Cooper working away to produce traditional fisherman’s lunch boxes, children’s toys and practical items like wooden door stops.   

The Craft Shop at the Lester Garland Building

While located in one of the Trinity Historic Sites, visitors may go straight to the craft shop without purchasing a historic sites pass. This shop is careful to carry item only made in Newfoundland including soaps, spices, art and select items from the Forge and Cooperage.  

Sweet Rock Ice Cream

View of Trinity Harbour and town

Located in the area of Trinity known as Hog’s Nose, Sweet Rock Ice Cream not only offers one of the best views in Trinity, but decadent ice cream made from local ingredients.  If you are Lactose intolerant you can enjoy their sorbet of the day.  

Hiscock House – Trinity Crafts

Locally knit sweaters, hats, mitts and even teddy bears line the shelves of this shop.  These items are sure to keep you warm when standing on the windy cliff trying to catch a glimpse of a whale or puffin.

The Green Family Forge

The Green Family Forge does come with an entrance fee, however, it is well worth a visit.  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.  Some of these items are available at the Lester Garland Building Craft Shop which can be entered without paying the historic sites entrance fee.

Coat hooks and candle holders made in the forge
Marieke Gow Photography

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.