“… the best and largest harbour in all the Land.”
– John Whitbourne, 1620
Trinity has been a viable North Atlantic community for hundreds of years. Its defensible harbour, with abundant room for the ships of the day and shores well suited for outbuildings, wharves and fish-flakes, made it ideal for the early migratory fishery. Later merchants from Poole, England, made Trinity the base for a new-world fishery.
During the 1720’s Trinity was home to about 30 permanent families and host to 200-300 seasonal fishermen per year. By 1869 the population peaked at more than 800 people. Until recently the inshore, Grand Bank, and Labrador fisheries sustained the community. Lumbering, coopering, shipbuilding, and other trades have also been prominent.
The preservation of Trinity’s cultural and built heritage has made it, perhaps, the most notable “heritage community” in the province of Newfoundland. Trinitarians play host to thousands of visitors each year.
WAYS TO EXPLORE TRINITY’S HISTORY
Trinity Historical Walking Tour
An excellent way to begin your tour of Trinity. Time travel through five centuries of Newfoundland’s colourful history along the paths of historic Trinity. Guide, Kevin Toope, relates the story of Trinity, its peoples, and their contribution to the town’s history. Through historic photos you will see and hear both serious and humourous stories about social life, crimes, punishments, unusual deaths, shipwrecks, and disasters.
- Monday through Saturday at 1000 hours
- tour runs approximately 2.5 hours in length
- $10 per person; children are free
Trinity Historic Sites
Take a tour of Trinity’s historic sites. Start at the Visitors’ Centre to pick up your admission tickets and map, then take a walk through all of Trinity’s historic sites. Sites include: Fort Point Military Site and Lighthouse; Lester-Garland House; Lester-Garland Mercantile Premises; The Cooperage; Green Family Forge; St. Paul’s Anglican Church; Trinity Museum; Courthouse, Gaol and General Building; and the Methodist School.