Trinity Historical Walking Tour
A teacher and the son of a fisherman, Kevin Toope grew up in Trinity after his family resettled from Ireland’s Eye, and he continues to spend his summers home. On this two-and-a-half hour tour, Kevin recounts the fascinating history of Trinity and area, using recorded anecdotes from the archives and local lore. Kevin also provides visitors with a sense of the current struggles to sustain outport livyers, as the traditional ways of life die out. This tour offers the best bang for your buck in Trinity. I can’t recommend it enough. Don’t miss it.
- Monday through Saturday at 10am
- tour runs approximately 2.5 hours in length
- $15 per person; children are free
Trinity Historic Sites
Since it’s inception 50 years ago, the Trinity Historical Society has been instrumental in preserving the traditional architecture that makes Trinity special. You can purchase a pass to explore their sites, and the two provincial historic sites in Trinity. Experience living history at the Green Family Forge – a working blacksmith’s shop, or at the cooperage, where traditional barrel-making takes place – a skill important to the traditional outport way of life. Be sure to check out the famous table at the Lester-Garland House and the period restoration of both the Ryan Shop and the Hiscock House. See how many artifacts you recognize, from bygone days, at the Museum. Restoration of Fort Point, just across the harbour from Trinity, at the entrance to the harbour, recently took place, so take in some of the military history, and enjoy a stroll by the lighthouse. Whales love to feed just offshore here, “in the mouth of the horn”, and you can enjoy the views of Trinity from across the water. The Trinity Historical Society also has a significant archive, should you be looking to trace your roots.
THE ARTS, MUSIC AND THEATRE
Rising Tide Theatre
From early June through Thanksgiving, Rising Tide theatre features daily performances. Commissioned works by local playwrights, dramatic productions that recount the history of Newfoundland, and haunting voices singing traditional songs are Rising Tide’s best work. In particular, we love No Man’s Land – the story of the Newfoundland Regiment during the Batle of the Somme in WWI, when nearly an entire generation of Newfoundland’s young men were killed in a single battle at Beaumont Hamel. The Trinity Pageant – a series of vignettes about the history of the area performed outdoors during a walk about town plays on Wednesdays and Saturdays, as does the dinner theatre. For your choice of meal, best to book the dinner theatre early.
Sea of Whales Adventures
Orcas, humpback, minke, and sperm whales spend the summer feeding off the coast of Newfoundland. Capelin – a small silvery fish (much like a freshwater smelt) are an integral part of the diet of many saltwater species. The capelin, with the whales in pursuit, usually arrive sometime around mid-June and stay through mid-August. From the water, you can get closer to icebergs, seabirds such as puffins and gannets, bald eagles and other sealife. In the fall, after the whales have migrated south, enjoy superpods of dolphins skimming the surface all around you. A day on the water enjoying the wildlife is worthwhile any time of the year.
Kris Prince, of Sea of Whales Adventures, offers a wonderful experience on the water. He and wife Shawna have spent decades following wildlife in Trinity and Bonavista Bays, and know where to find them. Kris’ passion is contagious, and he’s one of the locals who will leave an indelible impression.
Depending which way the wind blows, icebergs may drift down the Newfoundland shore, usually arriving in May or early June. Some years they come quite late, some years not at all. All that ice brings a chill air, so pack a warm sweater or fleece, or visit the gift shops to purchase a locally-made hand-knit sweater and mitts.
Check icebergfinder.com to track the bergs
or, if you’re on Facebook, there’s a more reliable, grass-roots group passionate about sharing local sightings at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewfoundlandIcebergReports/
Trinity has a number of beautiful beaches. Whether you are looking for a quiet place to sit and rest or are feeling the urge to scavenge for beach glass or broken pipe stems washed up on shore from old shipwrecks, the beaches in Trinity are the place to go.
Enjoy this relatively short hike up Gun Hill for a beautiful 360 degree view of the town, Trinity Harbour and the bight – the body of water from Horse Chops to Bonaventure head. Hike up shortly before sunset and enjoy a beautiful hour of warm, golden sunshine, as it highlights the architecture of Trinity.
Lower Gun Hill Trail begins behind the Rising Tide Theatre and takes you around the base of the hill through the woods, past fields of lupins or blueberries, in season
Upper Gun Hill Trail begins across the road from the Trinity Mercantile.