Twillingate Newfoundland with a population of around 3,000 people across two islands is one of the must visit towns in the province. Twillingate is a hotbed for icebergs – with the very best viewing time in May, though they can linger into July. Enjoy phenomenal hiking with or without iceberg views, excellent sea kayaking and some truly great food. Round out your visit with boat tours, winery tours (who knew), theatre, museums, shopping and festivals – if your timing is right.
Iceberg viewing in Twillingate Newfoundland is different every year. It’s dependent on how many icebergs calved off the west coast of Greenland a year or two previous – and how quickly they moved. I was lucky to visit when it was a banner year for icebergs – and my visit was in late June. Before you visit, check IcebergFinder for the location of icebergs.
Hiking in Twillingate Newfoundland
If you drive about 15 minutes northwest from Twillingate along Highway 340, past the Town of Crow Head you will come to the Long Point Lighthouse. Around here, there are numerous hiking trails, with all of them offering fantastic views. This is some of the best hiking you’ll find in Newfoundland.
Long Point Lighthouse – Lower Head Trail
The Long Point Lighthouse – Lower Head Trail descends from the parking lot and heads west past rugged cliffs towards Sleepy Cove.
If you walk for several miles in a westerly direction, you’ll be rewarded with superb views of Crow Head. Look for root cellars too on this part of the trail. In total, allow a few hours for hiking and exploration.
Hike to Horney Head or Cuckold Point
If you take off in an easterly direction from the Long Point Lighthouse, you will reach Horney Head Cove in 4.6 kilometres and Cuckold Point in 5.4 kilometres.
This section of trail is difficult so for the round-trip you should count on 3 – 4 hours, especially if you’re interested in some time to sit and admire the sight of icebergs drifting by. Great views of Twillingate Harbour can also be seen on this hike.
More hiking choices
Other hiking choices accessible east of Twillingate include the 6 – 8 kilometre hike to French Beach and Spiller’s Cove. The hike offers views of sea stacks, a hole in the wall and more of the exceptionally beautiful, rugged coastline.
The other option in this area is to do the 7 -8 kilometre Codjack’s Cove Trail. Interesting rock formations, sea stacks and beautiful beaches await.
Kayaking out of Twillingate
If your timing is good I highly recommend trying to organize a kayaking tour out to see the icebergs. If that’s not possible, there is still a huge amount of choice with regards to kayaking routes – much of it in protected waters. Contact Rock Adventures in Twillingate for more information on tours.
4 more things to do in Twillingate Newfoundland
Go on a boat tour
If you’ve exhausted yourself out hiking and kayaking why not take a breather and join a boat tour. If you’re in iceberg season you could join a tour that gets you close to icebergs – in a safe manner. On the boat tours you’ll learn something of the geology and perhaps see whales . Undoubtedly you’ll see some of the seven types of seabirds that live by the coast.
Visit the winery
Auk Island Winery offers tours and tastings of their wines made from local fruit. They also make specialty wines with iceberg water. The fruit that goes into the wines is hand-picked by locals and most of it is wild and pesticide-free.
Check out the museums
There are several museums in town worth a visit including the Prime Berth Fishing Museum, chock a block full of down-home Newfoundland history and the Twillingate Museum & Craft Shop – which sheds a light on what typical rooms would have looked like back in the day. Alongside you can purchase local crafts, books and gifts.
Entertainment in Twillingate
In the summer you can avail yourself of live music and theatre. Plan ahead to catch a show so you can get an inside look at the Newfoundlander’s famous sense of humour and musical abilities.
Catch the Split Peas – a group of seven women who show the rest of the world what a Newfoundland kitchen party looks like. Shows are every Tuesday in the summer for two hours. Be ready to join a sing-along.
The Twillingate Dinner Theatre offers meals and entertainment six nights a week from June until mid-September. You’ll get a window into the authentic food, life and music in the outports of Newfoundland.
If you go to the Grand Old Shed Party Show you may go in as a guest but leave feeling like your family. Everyone helps to keep the beat with an Ugly Stick – and everyone sings along.
Where is Twillingate Newfoundland?
Twillingate is located 110 kilometres north of Gander, via Highways 330 and 331 off the Trans-Canada Highway. From St. John’s allow 4 hours and 40 minutes to drive the 445 kilometres.
In the town there are lots of B&B’s to choose from; we stayed at the friendly Paradise B&B. Not only did it offer great views of the harbour from its perch, but Mildred the owner made to die for Molasses Buns for breakfast. And for dinner we had the most memorable meal of our two week trip – lobster salad and partridgeberry crumble at the Canvas Cove Bistro.
Don’t miss the Crow’s Nest Cafe en route to the lighthouse. The food is excellent and views are terrific.
For memorable hiking and a chance to see icebergs up close, you can’t beat a trip to Twillingate, Newfoundland.
Further reading on things to do in Newfoundland
- A Hike to the Summit of Gros Morne Mountain in Newfoundland
- What to Do on a Trip to Fogo Island, Newfoundland
- Hiking the Skerwink Trail near Trinity, Newfoundland
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