The Newfoundland Food Fishery

The Newfoundland food fishery is a time when Newfoundlanders are able to return to age old traditions of catching cod fish for personal consumption.  The Newfoundland cod fishery was the key industry on the island for centuries until the Canadian Government shut it down indefinitely in 1992.

This decision ended the traditional way of life for many Newfoundlanders living in outport communities.  The annual food fishery is a small conciliation for this loss of
lifestyle and staple ingredient in Newfoundland cuisine.  During the fishery each boat on the water can pull in 5 fish per person to a max of 15 codfish per boat.

The food fishery certainly changes the scenery around Trinity during this time.  The normally empty bays are dotted with small fishing boat, the wharfs occupied with men and women bent over the splitting tables skillfully filleting their catch with skill and
precision before they leave a select few out to dry in the sun.  The rest of the fresh fish fills the fridges of friends and family and everyone comes up with different ways to serve the
catch: cod au gratin, cod chowder, cod provençal, or pan fried on its own…the
list goes on.

Over the years many of our guests staying during this period have been offered to ride along with the local fisherman and share in the experience. It is without a doubt one of the most authentic and memorable experiences any of our guests could ask for. It has served as an excellent way to educate visitors in the traditions of this place and people.

The next food fishery will be open from   September 24th – October 2nd and is open to both residents and non-residents.

Cod Jigging in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland


The Perfect Pre or Post St. John’s Conference Getaway!

The Perfect Pre or Post Conference Getaway

It is well known that there are no accidental tourists in Newfoundland.  Visiting this island takes organization, effort and time, but it is well worth the trip.

Many of the guests who stay at the Artisan Inn have come to Newfoundland to attend one of the various conferences held throughout the spring, summer and fall in St. John’s.  Because it takes such an effort and investment to come to the island, many conference attendees take a few extra vacation days to allow for exploring Newfoundland outside the city.

With such a vast island to visit and little time to explore it, many visitors make the mistake of trying to see too much and, as a result, spend most of their time in their car.

A seal relaxes on the government warf in Trinity

Just a 3 hour scenic drive away from downtown St. John’s, a visit to the town of Trinity offers the perfect getaway for those who wish to connect to Newfoundland’s past and outport lifestyle in only a few days.


With numerous hikes, boat tours, film sets, a theatre festival, heritage structures to tour, wildlife to spot and a variety of restaurants to sample from in the immediate area, a stay in Trinity allows visitors to have a wide range of cultural, culinary and historical experiences without long drives in between.

Spring and fall Conference attendees have an additional advantage of off season rates from May to mid June and Late September to November.

For further information about the area, activities and accommodations visit

The Oldest Wooden Church In Newfoundland!


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The small white and green catholic church standing on the appropriately named Church Rd. in Trinity is the oldest standing wooden church in Newfoundland.  Many claim that it is also the oldest wooden church in North America.  The quaint church is well worth a visit and is always open and free to pop into during the day.

Many couples have chosen to use the intimate space as the location for their wedding ceremonies.

The church was built in 1833 and the tower was added in 1880.

Berries in the Bight!

Lorraine prepares fresh blueberry and partridgeberry muffins for guests of the Artisan Inn to enjoy at breakfast.


September in Newfoundland is the best time to pick the wild blueberries growing along the cliffs and hillsides.

Newfoundlanders do everything imaginable with blueberries.  Blueberry pies, blueberry muffins, blueberry tarts, chocolate cover blueberries, blueberry cocktails, blueberry wine, blueberry jam and blueberry coulis.  One person told me that they had used blueberry juice to dye

scarves blue, a fun and joyously messy activity their children will not soon forget.

Visitors are amazed by how packed with flavour Newfoundland blueberries are.  We may be limited with regards to what can be grown here, but this Newfoundland does well!  In a world where pesticides and growth agents are used to produce most the worlds fruits and vegetables, it is comforting to know that certain things can still grow plentifully without our “help” or interference.

Twine Loft Blueberry Lemon Tortes

Twine Loft Blueberry Lemon Tortes

Guests renting out our vacation homes constantly ask where they can buy some local blueberries to put on their breakfast cereal or bake a couple treats.  When they find out that all they have to do is take an empty bucket and walk up Gun Hill at the base of Trinity, just minutes from their front steps, they are gone in an instant.  Many of our guests, including some professional chefs, have insisted on coming to Trinity in the fall as opposed to summer for this very reason.

It might seem extreme to think that someone would travel so far just to pick berries, but celebrated Canadian chef Michael Smith once said:

Breaking bread with family and friends is universal. Gathering, preparing and sharing food represents the very essence of what it is to be human.”

Perhaps that is why our chefs look so pleased with themselves when they come into work with litres of berries picked from their very own gardens.  They get to work with an ingredient that is reflective of their land, their history and their livelihood, and can share that through the food they prepare for people coming from all over the world.

Many believe that culinary tourism is so popular these days, because people are missing this key element in their day to day lives.  To the surprise of many, they are finding it right here in outport Newfoundland on picturesque hillsides with empty, soon to be full, pails.