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History, friendliness, and steadfast authenticity are woven into every aspect of the Trinity and Port Rexton area. Known by the locals as Trinity Bight, it includes the 11 communities of Trinity, Trinity East, Port Rexton, Trouty, Goose Cove, Dunfield, New Bonaventure, Old Bonaventure, Lockston, Champney's, and English Harbour. The area offers beautifully restored fishing rooms and saltbox houses, accommodations in historic buildings, and top-rated dining and brewery experiences, making it a prime place to stay while you discover the Bonavista Peninsula. In the Bight, there are unending opportunities to explore, while nearby you’ll get a chance to hike along the coast on one of the province’s most popular trails. Trinity and Port Rexton effortlessly tell tales of the past, rich in history, old worldliness, and pride of place, with geological marvels 500 million years in the making. While you’re here, watch for whales, birds, and icebergs. And be sure to round out your trip by enjoying the theatre, arts, and culinary scene.

Discover History & Heritage

Houses, museums, art galleries, and other historic buildings preserved from the 19th century fill the area. Here, a walk through town is a walk through history – and everything tells a tale. In Trinity, find your way using old-fashioned street signage marked in calligraphy, watch a blacksmith at work, and visit the Cooperage to learn about barrel making.

History buffs will enjoy Hiscock House, a provincial historic site that captures life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Within those walls lay stories of remarkable resilience and entrepreneurship. Those with an eye for architecture will appreciate the Lester Garland House, a reconstruction on the site of the first brick house in Newfoundland. Now a museum and learning centre, you can spend the day among fascinating and preserved artifacts that uncover mysteries of our history.

See the relationship from past to present at the Champney’s West Heritage House. Discover insights of life from bygone days and historic equipment, appliances, furniture, and more that speak to our past way of life. Creative types will find no greater muse than Trinity and Port Rexton’s natural beauty – and luckily, we’ve got the perfect place to channel this inspiration. The English Harbour Arts Centre offers arts and crafts workshops for all ages, creative retreats for professional artists and writers, and cultural events such as musical performances. Get ready to watch a masterpiece. Or create one.

In the mood to take adventure out to sea? Enjoy a 3-hour boat tour of enchanting, long-abandoned communities to Kerley's Harbour, Ireland's Eye, and British Harbour. You'll hear stories of the past and see a demonstration on a fishing stage.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, the Bonavista Biennale is a must-see event. This bi-annual, international exhibition of contemporary visual art features Indigenous, provincial, and international artists of the highest calibre, installed on the landscape and in historic buildings throughout the area.

Ready for your closeup? In New Bonaventure, tour the filming location of Random Passage. The site is a fishing village dating back to the 1800s, with houses, a church, fishing stages, and vegetable gardens to walk through. Later, cap off a day of exploration at the tea room to see what’s on the menu.

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Explore Hiking & Walking

Follow hiking trails that bring you to rolling granite slopes and spectacular rocky beaches. The Hike Discovery Trail Network offers a range of wilderness hiking and walking paths from easy to difficult that include geographic wonders such as sea stacks, rugged coastline, towering cliffs, and geological sequences.

Among them, the Skerwink Trail is one of the province’s best-loved hikes; the trail winds a 5.3-
kilometre circle around Skerwink Head near Port Rexton and Trinity East. Along the way you’ll catch glimpses of seabirds and whales, bergs, and craggy, rugged beaches as well as caves and arches.

For breathtaking panoramic views, Gun Hill Trail is your best bet – it offers the highest vantage point of the area. As you make your way to the top, you can walk by the water and through the woods. Lupins adorn the trail during July. In the fall, berries are ripe for the picking. It’s also part of the Discovery UNESCO Global Geopark. Trace the stories of the last great ice age, the first complex multicellular organisms, the rise of animals, and incredible glacial processes. Those with an affinity for geology will be happy to know the area is a natural wonder, half a billion years in the making.

Fox Island Trail offers 5.5 kilometres of beautiful coastal scenery, local wildlife, and a walk through the fishing village of Champney’s West. Once there, give your hiking boots a rest at the aquarium and learn about local marine life.

Watch for one of the many playful whales that visit the area, or the dozens of species of birds. If you time it just right, you could even catch a glimpse of a spectacular iceberg.

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Experience Whales, Birds & Bergs

With so much magnificent coastline, it’s only natural that we host plenty of diverse wildlife – from the finned to the feathered, and beyond. Trinity and Port Rexton are beautiful places for whale watching, seeing gatherings of humpback, minke, fin, sperm, and many other whale species that come through every year. Dolphin pods can be seen moving through the area in the fall, giving a friendly jump to say hello. And the area is every bird watcher’s paradise, with opportunities to view eagles, puffins, gannets, kittiwakes, and more. By boat, land, or coastal walking trail, see for yourself the incredible fauna of the area. And keep your eyes peeled for the glittering, statuesque wonders that are icebergs. If you prefer your viewing experiences on water, consider boat tours. Different types of vessels are offered from zodiacs to 46-foot motorsailers. Whatever you choose, fun is a guarantee.

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Indulge in Food & Beverages

There’s been an ongoing food renaissance across the province – so save room for seconds. Or thirds. See just why the Trinity and Port Rexton area has earned its reputation as a culinary destination, shaped by the availability of fresh produce from gardens and greenhouses, local berries, and seafood in season. Dine at top restaurants such as the Fishers’ Loft and the Twine Loft at the Artisan Inn.


If you’re in the mood for a pint, head to Port Rexton Brewery to sample their ever-changing variety of lagers and ales and witness the brewing process in an open-concept space. Pair your beer with a bite from Oh My Cheeses, an onsite food truck offering gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, fries, and other eats.

Give your sweet tooth something to smile about at the Sweet Rock Ice Cream Shop or Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Shop as you encounter them along the way. Otherwise, head to the Two Whales Coffee Shop for deliciously healthy vegan or vegetarian options, made with organic, locally sourced ingredients. Take it from us: the home-baked treats are a must-try. And when the craving hits for some of our iconic fish and chips, look no further than Dock Marina. At Sophia’s, you get locally sourced traditional meals at a heritage building from the late 1800s. Luckily, the side order of stunning ocean views is complimentary.

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Experience our Theatre

At the New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant, you’ll step back in time to the 1700s. On this scenic walking tour, local actors and singers from Rising Tide Theatre give you a glimpse of the daily lives, traditions, and hardships of our forefathers. You will wander through the historic merchant buildings, churches, homes, and cemeteries of Trinity.

Each year, the theatre company stages the Seasons in the Bight festival, bringing to the stage a new season of plays, dinner theatre, and concerts that focus on the inspiring stories that make this province unique. Make a day of it, with some cultural exploring in the morning, a deliciously unique meal, and a show to cap off the evening.

 

If you’re in the area during Champney’s West Days, you’ll enjoy kitchen parties, live local music, and games of chance. And if you’re really daring, try your hand at the almost famous Carboard Boat Race and see if you emerge a champion. During the annual Trinity Festival, show off your dance moves or gear up for some healthy competition and see how you fare at beach volleyball or log sawing competitions. Win or lose, you get rewarded with a Sunday evening of fireworks at dusk.

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Getting to Trinity

Trinity and Port Rexton are located on the Discovery Trail Scenic Driving Route along Route 230 and Route 239, approximately 259 kilometres or 2½ hours from St. John's.



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