FAQ

Accommodation Questions: Questions 1-6

Preparing for Travel and Arrival: Questions 7-18

Activities Based on Time and Season: Questions 19-24

Questions Upon Arrival: Question 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Is there Cell Phone Service In Trinity?

8. Should I Bring My Laptop?

9. What type of clothing should I pack?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23. When do most attractions open in the area?

24. Can I fish for cod while in Newfoundland?

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

 

Accommodation Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preparing for Travel and Arrival

7. Is there Cell Phone Service In Trinity?

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

8. Should I Bring My Laptop?

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

9. What type of clothing should I pack?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Activities Based on Time and Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23. When do most attractions open in the area?

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

24. Can I fish for cod while in Newfoundland?

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

Questions Upon Arrival

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

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

May 2022 Trinity Visitor Guide

Pack Ice in front of Artisan Inn
Marieke Gow Photography

 This should be used as a general guide, but always check current operating info with a business  prior to going. If you are a business that would like to be listed, or your status has changed since we last checked, please email info@trinityvacations.com.

THE ARRIVAL OF ICEBERGS

Trinity and Bonavista Bay are part of Iceberg Alley, a stretch of ocean that icebergs travel along throughout Spring and Early Summer. the Bonavista Peninsula often sees the arrival of icebergs early in the season with many being viewable from land, while others are better observed by one of the various boat tour operators in our area.  The largest concentration of icebergs typically arrives between May and June. No two iceberg seasons are the same.  Take comfort in knowing that if you come during a poor iceberg year you will still have plenty to do on the Bonavista Peninsula. The first icebergs arrived in our region mid April 2022!

NEWFOUNDLAND ICEBERG REPORTS

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

Nature Focused Boat Tours

There are 2 boat tour operators in Trinity.  Their ability to go out during the month of May is based on ice, weather and a minimum number of people, although many are willing to do a full tour if 2 or 3 people are willing to pay the equivalent of 4 passengers, which is often their minimum.   Check out Sea of Whales Adventures and Trinity Eco Tours

Dine in Trinity

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

Other places to eat in Trinity during the Month of May

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

Places To Eat On the Bonavista Peninsula

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appreciate Craft Beer at Port Rexton Brewery

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

Shopping in Trinity

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

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

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

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

Green Family Forge: Forge will likely open to the public around Victoria Day Weekend. The items crafter by the blacksmith can be purchased at the shop.

Hike Discovery Self Guided Local Hikes

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

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

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

Fox Island Trail – Moderate
5.5km Loop
Approximately 2 hours

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

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

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

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

DETAILED INFORMATION ON HIKING TRAILS

Places to Visit During Day Trips from Trinity

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

Dungeon Provincial Park – Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Spillar’s Cove Sea Stack – Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Tickle Cove Sea Arch – Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Fort Point Lighthouse and Beach

Horsechops – English Harbour

Elliston Root Cellars Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

Sealer’s Memorial Statue in Elliston

John Cabot Statue in Bonavista

Bonavista Lighthouse

Port Union Fossils Discovery Unesco Geopark Site

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

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

GEOLOGICAL WONDERS

Take in the Architecture of Trinity

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

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

Learn More about MOVIE SETS AND LOCATIONS in Trinity Bight

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

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

 

The Arrival of Puffins in Elliston

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

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

 

 

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.   

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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.  

Packages

Please note package and pricing for 2023 will be available for booking after December 31st 2022.

3 Night Vacation Home Stay, Hike & Dining Packages –

Available May, June, September & October

  • 3 Nights in selected vacation home
  • 2 Evenings 3-course meals at the Twine Loft (7pm May & Oct, 5:15 or 8pm June & Sept)
  • Vacation Home Cleaning Fee
  • 3 Mornings Hot Breakfast at the Twine Loft
  • 1 Set of Hike Discovery waterproof, tear proof maps of 7 local trails on the Bonavista Peninsula including -Skerwink Trail
  • A sampler pack of Aunt Sarah’s Chocolates
  • A bag of Trinity Mercantile freshly roasted coffee
  • Trinity Postcards

We can only allow package requests through our online booking system. If the package appears available it means the accommodation is available, but we still need to manually confirm space in our dining room.  To see rates and availability…

Click on the BOOK  NOW section

Select VACATION HOME STAY & DINE PACKAGES

Enter the dates and number of guests to see the nightly rate for the full package

Note, we do not provide a package option in July and August therefore these months are unbookable. To see vacation home availability in July and August please go to Vacation Homes under Categories

If are certain you want the vacation home with or without the package, consider booking the vacation home directly online through the vacation home category and then contact us by phone or email to request package possibilities and pricing.

PACKAGES MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE OF THE ARRIVAL DATE
A package includes accommodations, evening meals, hot breakfasts (or an option for packed breakfast for those on the move early) and few extra treats from the inn. Gratuities and beverages are not included.

 

DEPOSIT & CANCELLATION POLICY FOR PACKAGES

REQUIRED DOWN PAYMENT: The advertised base rate for the room or vacation home will be charged as a down payment for the package. The deposit amount can be found in the item description for this package. The cancellation policy is as follows.

Deposits on bookings cancelled

  • By 10pm Newfoundland time the day after they were made will be fully refunded mins 6% to cover banking fees from processing and refunding the deposit provided.
  • More than 29 days prior to the first reserved date* will be refunded minus a $25 plus tax administration fee for rooms or $45 plus tax administration fee for vacation homes. Guests can also choose to receive a gift certificate in their name worth 100% of the deposit***.
  • 29 Days to 14 Days (vacation homes)/9 Days (rooms) prior to Package Bookings: The deposit is non-refundable.
  • After the dates outlined above The full amount of the package can be charged to the card.
  • ADJUSTING A PACKAGE 9 DAYS OR MORE DAYS PRIOR TO THE FIRST RESERVED DATEGuests also have until 9 days prior to remove the package options from their booking (if you would like to switch it to a regular booking or remove a portion of the included meals). The invoice will be adjusted to reflect items remaining at regular advertised pricing for that time and season.
  • CANCELLING A FULL PACKAGE WITHIN 8 DAYS
    It is not our intention to make clients feel there is no flexibility, however, we make plans and investments in order to honour these reservations that determine how and when we open our season. A shoulder season package guarantees that we will operate our restaurant during your visit even if we have no other guests. This influences our decision to accept additional reservations for that evening, what groceries we buy in preparation for your meals and how we schedule our staff. Credit card processing fees are also incurred for the purchase of the package. If you need to cancel under special circumstances, or need to adjust the dates at any time, please call us to discuss potential options.Should you decide to cancel the package between 8 days to 2 days prior to the reservation, $100 per person booked under the package will be refunded. Within 24 hours of the first booked dinner no portion of the package is refundable.

 

Bonavista Peninsula Activities

Humpback Whale
Paul Dolk Photography: This photo can be purchased from Paul’s Website

There are many places to visit on the island of Newfoundland, however, few places have the density and diversity of experiences that Trinity Bight and the Bonavista Peninsula offers. Trinity is ideally situated for exploring surrounding communities for half-day and full day trips including Port Rexton, Port Union, Elliston, Bonavista, New Bonaventure, Upper Amherst Cove and more. Use this section to plan your trips and activities while staying in one of the Artisan Inn’s rooms or vacation homes in Trinity.