Newfoundland, Canada’s most easterly province, entered the Canadian Confederation on March 31, 1949, as “Newfoundland” and on December 6, 2001, an amendment was made to the Constitution of Canada to change the province’s official name to “Newfoundland and Labrador”. There are only two ways of getting to Newfoundland: by air or by ferry.
This Atlantic province is a vast expanse of natural beauty featuring a variety of terrains, hiking and walking trails, whales, icebergs, quaint fishing villages, handmade crafts, festivals, and unique local cuisine. A trip to the picturesque northern eastern town of Twillingate encompasses all of this and is worth the adventurous drive. The residents are welcoming, warm-hearted and very proud of this hidden gem in Newfoundland.
LIVE: Experience living in a traditional 100 year old plus home and stay at “Ches’s Anchor View”. It overlooks the Atlantic with a spectacular view of “Iceberg Alley” and is close to all the activities in Twillingate. Kevin, the owner, is very personable, accessible and helpful.
EAT: There are several places to choose from that feature home cooked meals. “Annie’s Harbour Restaurant”, in the heart of Twillingate, has a beautiful view of the harbour. “The Cozy Tea Room” serves up delicious lunches, dinners and homemade baked treats and also sells wonderful hand-knit items. For a special fun night out, enjoy dinner and live theatre at “The Twillingate Dinner Theatre” where the wait staff surprise you with star rolls in the entertainment after dinner.
PLAY: Chasing icebergs and hiking the “Trails of Twillingate” should definitely be on your to do list. Start your morning with a visit to the “Twillingate Museum”, which highlights the history, culture and people of Twillingate. The craft store displays a fantastic selection of affordable handmade items and the trail behind the museum leads to some panoramic views. Continue on to the town of Crow Head and explore the Lighthouse/Lower Head Trail. Take a break and stop by the “Crow’s Nest Café” for some light refreshments and then head off to Lighthouse/Cuckold’s Point Trail for another exciting adventure.
On a different day, take a short drive north to French Beach/Spiller’s Cove Trail and tackle the hike. You may be lucky and find a giant iceberg lodged in the cove. There are other trails to explore in Twillingate and it’s always a treat to pack a few Iceberg beers in your backpack or plan a small picnic along the way.
Hopefully, “The Split Peas” are still performing during your trip and you can catch a live performance. Whatever itinerary you create, a visit to Twillingate will leave lasting and fond memories and a glimpse at daily life in a precious small town in Newfoundland.
by Dorothy Hunt