What to do and see in Twillingate, Canada: The Best Places and Tips

November 7, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Twillingate is a town of 2,269 people located on the Twillingate Islands ("Toulinquet") in Notre Dame Bay, located off the North Western shore of the island of Newfoundland in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The town is about 100 kilometres (62 mi) north of Lewisporte and Gander.
Restaurants in Twillingate

1. Prime Berth Fishing Museum

Main Tickle Causeway, Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador A0G 4M0, Canada +1 709-884-2485
Excellent
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4.5 based on 251 reviews

Prime Berth Fishing Museum

Prime Berth Twillingate Fishery & Heritage Centre is a private interpretive fishing center and craft studio created by David Boyd as a tribute to his fisher forefathers.In honour of this tradition, and as a tribute to proud people so dear to his heart, David decided to call his heritage centre - "Prime Berth"- meaning literally -"the best spot!"

Reviewed By grammasue14 - Muenster Canada

The 2017 Traveller'so Guide gives this place a glowing review. It's time to update it now. No doubt owner Dave can give a wonderful tour of the museum or out on a boat. But Dave is not always there. Bill, who has been there more than 15 years takes your $5, plays a little ditty on an ugly stick, and walks you into the next room. After a brief introduction he explains the different out buildings and leaves you to it. Without some of the background or corresponding stories, it begins to look like rooms full of dusty junk. My guess is people want a home for grammas organ and sewing machine and Dave found a corner in his museum for it. Things like a very rusty
tricycle and 4 old outboard motors appear to be superfluous. If this really is the #6 ranked museum in Canada I'd hate to see #7. For $5 it was OK but I don't recommend going too far out of your way to see it.

2. Long Point Lighthouse

262 Main Street | Crow Head, Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador A0G 4M0, Canada +1 709-884-5408
Excellent
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4.5 based on 290 reviews

Long Point Lighthouse

Reviewed By gold-vintner - Indianapolis, Indiana

North out of Twillingate...not a long drive but well worth the drive and time.
We are not lighthouse 'freaks' but we do appreciate the many differences and this was no exception......a somewhat different design than many. Unfortunately, it was closed in mid-September when we were there.
There is a large parking lot and many areas to walk beside the lighthouse itself. In the off season, plan at least an hour visit to the area.

3. Twillingate Museum & Crafts Shop

1 St Peters Church Rd | A0g 4m0, Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada +1 709-884-2825
Excellent
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Twillingate Museum & Crafts Shop

Reviewed By retireeVancouver - Vancouver

Located behind St. Peter’s Church, Twillingate Museum used to be the parsonage from 1915 to 1975 when it was given to the Twillingate historical committee to display objects of historical importance to the area. Some of the objects on display were surprising. For example, burial finds from an archaeological site showed that ancient Maritime Indians had once lived in the Twillingate area. The small chips of stone, ornaments from mica/quartz/amethyst, soap stone candle holders, scrapers, arrowheads, a piece of red ochre were all neatly labelled to show their purpose. The information sign and newspaper article provided further information about the similarity of these finds to those on the West coast of Newfoundland in Port au Choix. Another display showed how Twilligate got its name from French fishermen who thought the rocky shoreline resembled that of their home town, Toulinguet. Another intriguing display was about the daughter of the local doctor who became a talented opera singer for 15 years in Europe in the late 1800’s. Her stage name, Marie Toulinguet, reflected the name of her hometown, but sounded much more dramatic than her given name, Georgina Stirling. There even was a record playing with her lovely singing and family portraits. The courtship of her parents was like a soap story. Another display showed medical instruments and labelled medicine bottles used in the hospital by a local doctor in the early 1900’s. Other items that caught my eye included a lovely ivory wedding gown from 1908, various beautiful christening gowns, sealskin clothing and purses, and wonderful pictures of different icebergs that had floated past the community. Visitors could help themselves to these 8x10 iceberg prints – a very generous and thoughtful gesture as we were in Twillingate when iceberg season was over. The living room, dining room, and kitchen had the expected décor which showed the lifestyle of its occupants – small organ, built in China cabinet, a pot bellied stove, busy wallpaper, wood floors, area carpets, framed pictures, old radio. There even was a small display cabinet showing items related to the clergyman who lived here - various bibles, his Sunday church garment, silver altar items.
We spent an enjoyable 30-45 minutes looking at these displays arranged thematically in the rooms - 5 on the ground floor and 8 upstairs. There is a reasonable admission charge. Combine a visit to this museum with the nearby white clapboard church (built in the mid 1800’s) and graveyard where some of the white ornamental stone grave markers date to the 1870’s. It was interesting to read that some of the deceased had come from the Devonshire, England. There also is a boatbuilding museum beside the church but we ran out of time for a visit there.

4. Auk Island Winery

29 Durrell Street, Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador A0G 1Y0, Canada +1 709-884-2707
Excellent
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4 based on 226 reviews

Auk Island Winery

Winery includes a Downhome Shoppe and tasting room with a large variety of Newfoundland fruit and berry wines. We offer wine tours during the summer season which is May through Sept. Auk Island Restaurant servers a variety of local favourites such as fish and chips with a large ice cream bar

Reviewed By countdown6 - Gander, Canada

My husband and I saw Auk island Winery on a previous visit to Twillingate but didn't stop in. After coming home we read reviews and decided next visit it would be a must do activity.
The Winery/Restaurant/Gift Shop is in a converted school. Really attractive building. I recommend doing the wine tour; we had a knowledgeable young woman giving the tour. It was interesting and inexpensive. Cost of wine tour and sampling was $8. There's a nice variety of wines, all are berry based. We enjoyed our wine samples and ended up buying a dozen bottles. Prices of wine is decent enough varying from $10-$16 a bottle. If you buy a dozen and bring with you, two additional bottles are free. After the tour we enjoyed a nice lunch at the onsite restaurant. I had Chowder; my husband fish and chips. Price was quite affordable; we had a 10% off coupon for partaking in the wine tour. Before leaving we visited the Downhome Gift shop. Decent selection of local books and Newfoundland merchandise. We would definitely visit the Auk island Winery again.

5. Sleepy Cove Trail

Route 340, Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador A0G 4M0, Canada +1 709-884-5683
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5 based on 31 reviews

Sleepy Cove Trail

Reviewed By WDAndrews - Twillingate, Canada

We spent a few hours this afternoon watching the tour boat off of Lighthouse /lower head trail. Approximately 6.5 km hike from the lighthouse past rugged cliffs and an old Coppermine through seabreeze park and by root cellers. The level of difficulty is moderate.

6. Durrell Museum

17 Museum Rd., Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador A0G 1Y0, Canada +1 709-884-2780
Excellent
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4 based on 61 reviews

Durrell Museum

Reviewed By EddieA1 - Thunder Bay, Canada

A small museum, mostly with local significance. Interesting insight to the area and a reasonable entrance fee.

7. Lower Little Harbour Trail

Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Lower Little Harbour Trail

A 5 km long trail to a resettled community, the home of Thomas Sugg, featuring two root cellars from the 1930s, a 20 foot Natural Arch, and scenic Jonas Cove. This trail is one of the most challenging in the area, and also features breathtaking views of the North Atlantic, sea birds, stone stacks, redolent and abundant forestry, peat bog and glaciated landscape.

Reviewed By greaume - Chatham, Canada

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a tough trail but you have a couple sections where you need to scramble up or down a rocky area. Not tough, but you need to be ready. The views are worth it. Also, I would take a picture of the trail to start off with to ensure you have a reference. We went late in the day and when the light was starting to fail we took a short cut along an atv trail to get back before dark. We started by going to the arch and linked with the trail from there. There is almost no parking at the start of the trail and the first half is a very rough road that looks like a private driveway, but you are on the right track. This out of the way trail is worth the effort.

124 Main Street, Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada +1 709-884-2568
Excellent
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Ted Stuckless Fine Arts & Driftwood Gallery

Reviewed By prevfromPurley - Toronto, Canada

Friends purchased a large print from the gallery and spoke with Mr Stuckless briefly. Receptionist helpful by making sure the artwork purchased would not be crushed on the flight home.

9. Lighthouse to Lower Head Trail

Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Excellent
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4 based on 21 reviews

Lighthouse to Lower Head Trail

Reviewed By greaume - Chatham, Canada

This hike out to a point and back up to the lighthouse is a solid but (in Newfoundland terms) relatively easy. It offers some nice views that would have been spectacular if icebergs were around. We could see a few well out on the horizon. You could cheat and get most of the views by driving up to the lighthouse though.

10. Top of Twillingate Trail

Route 340, Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada +1 709-884-5683
Excellent
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4 based on 20 reviews

Top of Twillingate Trail

Reviewed By DGPoleman - Edmonton, AB

After getting fogged out for our hike on the trails at the lighthouse we hiked this route to fill the time. Trail was well maintained and there were a number of great vantage points to stop and take in the views. Would rate as medium for length and elevation gains.

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