Artisan Inn Trinity
Early May: Iceberg Season
Hidden Gems & Hiking Trails Itinerary
A more detailed itinerary with driving directions will be provided during check in at the
Artisan Inn, 57 High Street, Trinity, Trinity Bay
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Day 1: Behold the Jewel of Newfoundland Outports
Trinity Walk About
Trinity is one of the most picturesque towns in Newfoundland. After checking into your room or vacation home with the Artisan Inn, walk down the quiet streets lined with white picket fences and wooden saltbox houses as you listen to the call of the gulls and the sound of waves lapping against the stages. Comb the beaches for beautiful green and blue sea glass, sand dollars, sea urchins, starfish skeletons and pieces of clay pipe lost and broken decades ago. When the craft shops are not open visitors will still be able to go home with these genuine Newfoundland souvenirs.
Before the Historic Sites have opened for the season (Victoria Day Weekend) visitors can explore the town’s two churches. Many attest to the fact that the Holy Trinity Catholic Church is not only the oldest wooden church in Newfoundland, but also the oldest in North America. While visiting the St. Paul’s Anglican Church don’t forget to look up, the ceiling is designed to mirror the hull of a boat. Pay your respects in the adjacent graveyard. Reading the centuries old birth and death dates as well as the various ages, will surely give you shivers.
Should there be particular historic sites in the town you really don’t wish to miss The Artisan Inn may be able to arrange for a private guided tour with one of the historical society’s staff members.
The Best View in Town
The Upper Gun Hill Trail, located in the town of Trinity, leads to the highest point in Trinity Bight, offering a 360 degree view of the area and the best vantage points for photo taking of the three arms of the harbour. These three arms may be the original source for Trinity’s name. Bring a snack or a sketchbook and spend some time at the picnic table lookout halfway up the trail. You can also compare the view of Trinity today with a photo taken in 1910 from that very spot and see which houses are still standing after 100 years. The cannons still sit mounted in this spot after centuries of rest from protecting Trinity during times of war between the French and English. Allow approximately 45 minutes to walk the trail and return to town.
For those wanting to continue their stroll, instead of returning to the Royal Bank, they can follow one of the side paths of the Lower Gun Hill Trail around the hill’s base. This path is suited for those seeking a peaceful, low impact walk through the woods and along the water (This walk also takes approximately 45 minutes).
Day 2: Skerwink Trail, Fort Point Lighthouse and New Bonaventure
Just minutes from Trinity, in Trinity East, Skerwink has been selected as one of the top 35 walks in North America and Europe (Aug 2003) by Travel and Leisure Magazine World’s Best Awards issue.
The trail is rated moderate impact with some difficult sections. It follows a 5.3km coastal loop and takes approximately 2 hours to complete (longer if you are passionate about photography). At certain locations hikers may feel as though they are standing at the edge of the world as they stare out from dramatic cliffs towards a blue ocean and towering sea stacks. Appropriate hiking footwear is recommend and wooden walking sticks are available at the Artisan Inn.
Admiral’s Point: Fort Point Lighthouse and Military Fortification
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. The interpretation centre will not be open until late May, however visitors may walk around outdoor site.
New Bonaventure, Newfoundland’s Hollywood
Random Passage, Grand Seduction & Shipping News
Constructed in 2000 for the filming of the international TV mini-series “Random Passage” the site today provides the opportunity to step back in time and appreciate the obstacles and opportunities our forebears faced during early settlement. The site does not officially open with guided tours until June, however visitors can walk down through the village and take pictures. It is not necessary to have seen the movie to appreciate the beauty of the site and the realities of the difficult life early settlers faced. Copies of the Random Passage mini series are available at the Artisan Inn for guests to watch during their stay.
The town of New Bonaventure itself was used for both the filming of The Shipping News and the upcoming release The Grand Seduction. Have your picture taken in front of Joe’s Bar, built for the Grand Seduction, a souvenir you will be sure to want once you have seen the film (release summer 2014)
Day 3: The Bonavista Loop
Story Book Communities and Natural Wonders
This route is dotted with small communities built along rugged coastlines. During May and June visitors may see icebergs in the waters of Bonavista Bay. As you drive along this route you will pass by the following communities. Detailed driving directions will be provided upon check in at the Artisan Inn.
Red Cliff, Tickle Cove and Keels
In Keels, take a look at a geological phenomenon known as The Devil’s Footprints, pockets in the rocks, which according to local folklore, are proof that the Devil walks this land at night. Keels itself is a beautiful community to stroll around and indulge one’s passion for photography.
The communities of Open Hall and Red Cliff were used as the setting for the soon to be released film The Grand Seduction. One particular highlight to seek out is the purple/red sea arch of Tickle Cove featured in the fishing scenes shot with Brendon Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch.
Park at the church in the community of King’s Cove and walk to the King’s Cove Lighthouse. This is a gentle to medium impact trail. The lighthouse was built in 1893 and was the first in the province to have a revolving light system. If you wish to continue beyond the lighthouse (which we recommend) to Brook’s Point Lookout you will discover one of the Bonavista Peninsula’s most eye catching geological formations, the multi coloured cliffs of Brook’s Point. A geological history of this site will be provided in the more detailed itinerary provided upon check inn.
After Brook’s Point Lookout hikers can either take the long route by finishing the outer loop on the inland trail or they can return the way they came.
Once in Bonavista, you may wish to drive around to gain a sense of the town or you can head straight for the Cape Shore Route. If you have time and the weather is agreeable you can leave your vehicle at the Cape Shore Trail parking lot and walk along the coast towards the Bonavista Lighthouse and Statue of John Cabot who arrived at this site in 1497. The walk will take approximately 30 minutes in either direction.
Once you are back into your vehicle drive to the Dungeon Provincial Park, a collapsed sea cave with a natural archway. Watch from above as the rough ocean waves crash in and flow out of the cave between the archways.
Your next destination will be the root cellars of Elliston. Pass by one of Eastern Newfoundland’s few sandy beaches and park along the road near the Puffin Lookout Kiosk. During the first few weeks of May the puffins may not have returned from sea to nest, but the walk out to Bird Island is a nice one. You are also encouraged to walk along Maberly Rd where you will spot dozens of doored root cellars carved from the hillside and you can appreciate enchanting coastal views of rugged rocks and crashing waves.
Day 4 – Check Out
Note: The Artisan Inn’s dining room the Twine Loft will be opening on Mother’s Day, May 11th 2014. After this date the Artisan Inn’s standard non-self catering rooms will open offering both breakfast and dinner service as well as room turn-down service. The staff of the Artisan Inn can help you better understand which other restaurants will be open and when around the Discovery Trail during shoulder season.
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