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

 

 

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

 

Explore Trinity, Newfoundland

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

DOWNLOAD  Map of Trinity, Newfoundland

Whale and Iceberg Tours

 

Trinity Bay and Bonavista Bay serve as nature’s playground during the Spring and Summer months in Newfoundland.  

Twenty-two species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises swim the waters along the coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador during the months of May to August. The Bonavista Peninsula is a perfect location to see and appreciate these magnificent creatures of the sea.  

Some species spotted in Trinity Bay and Bonavista Bay include: Humpback Whales, Sperm Whales, Minke Whales, Pothead Whales and Killer Whales (Orcas).  White-sided dolphins and Bluefin Tuna are frequently spotted during the Fall.  

Boat tours also provide the opportunity to see the many majestic icebergs floating past Trinity during Spring and early Summer.  The prime time to see icebergs is between late May and late June.

Finally, the Peninsula’s unique geological features offer an added bonus on every trip.

A whale shows off during a tour with Sea of Whales Adventures
Marieke Gow Photography

Those who come to visit during the month of June and early July are sometimes lucky enough to spot icebergs, whales and various sea birds, including: the Atlantic Puffin and Bald Eagles all at once!

To see daily records of whale sightings in our area CLICK HERE.  

The two communities that offer boat tours with the focus of seeing wildlife are Trinity and Bonavista.

TRINITY

Three boat tours are located within walking distance of the Artisan Inn

A group of people wearing flotation safety suits sit in a zodiac operated by Sea of Whales adventures
Photo Taken on Sea of Whale Adventure Tours. The #1 boat tour on trip advisor for the town of Trinity

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     

                                                                    

Atlantic Adventures                                                                                                                                  

Vessel Type: Trawller 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

BONAVISTA

A boat tour returning at sunset to a flock of puffins

Discovery Sea Adventures

Vessel Type: Fast Rescue Craft
Phone: 1-709-470-0322
Address: Roper Street, Bonavista NL
Located in the parking lot of the Matthew Legacy site

Bonavista Puffin and Whale Tours

Vessel Type: Larger vessel type with indoor and outdoor seating and a washroom on board
Phone: 1-709-468-8438
Address: 15 Roper Street, Bonavista NL
Located in the parking lot of the Matthew Legacy site.

Places to Whale Watch From Land in Trinity Bight

While boat tours offer a first class whale watching experience, getting you up close and personal with wildlife, not everyone has the greatest sea legs.  We can never guarantee a whale sighting, however, we can tell you where the locals often go to watch Humpbacks feeding once they have arrived for the season.  Our staff receive updates from local boat tours and summer residents when pods are feeding close to shore in certain area’s.  We do our best to communicate anything exciting that we are aware of when we register guests at the inn or during morning breakfast.

Fort Point Lighthouse and Beach

Watch for humpback whales on the beach of Fort Point, Trinity

We recommend getting a lunch to go from Trinity Mercantile Coffee Shop and heading to Fort Point Lighthouse for a picnic.  Whales are often seen feeding during the month of July just off the point’s beach.

Driving Distance from Trinity: 19 Minutes

English Harbour / Horse Chops

Cliffs of English Harbour
Located 19 minutes from the Artisan Inn

This is the area many locals go to watch whales from the cliffs. The beach in English Harbour is also a popular spot to watch the capelin when they start to roll.  locals are often seen here with buckets to harvest the small silver fish for a meal.

Driving Distance from Trinity: 19 Minutes

Skerwink Trail, Trinity East/Port Rexton

Skerwink Trail
Marieke Gow Photography

Whales often feed below the cliffs, offering hikers a bird’s eye view.  One cannot drive up to these spots, but instead, must hike the outer trail for the best vantage points.

Driving distance from Trinity: 13 minutes

Please note that whales are wild animals and their feeding times and locations can never be guaranteed.

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