Twillingate is a town in Newfoundland and Labrador.
There are several ways to reach Twillingate. From the western coast of Newfoundland, it is more convenient and faster to take Route 340 from the Trans-Canada Highway into Lewisporte and follow Road To The Isles (Route 340) through towns such as Campbellton, Baytona, Birchy Bay, Boyd's Cove, Summerford, Virgin Arm and a few others until you reach Twillingate island. If you are coming from the east coast of Newfoundland, taking route 330 (Cooper Blvd. in Gander) from the Trans-Canada Highway, through Gander Bay until you reach the Route 340 intersection, then turn right and follow Route 340 to Twillingate.
Twillingate is relatively easy to navigate through. When you arrive on the island via route 340, you continue straight to reach the main area of town or turn left for Black Duck Cove, a small community on the island. The next small community you will reach is Purcell's Harbour; another small, drive-through community. After that you will see Little Harbour. This community is similar to Purcell's Harbour and is drive-through. Drive another three kilometers and you will be in Twillingate. The first street you will see (and will already be on) is Toulinguet Street. On this street, there are several gas stations and stores for your convenience. On your left, the first street you will meet is Rink Road (Bayview Street) that will lead you to Bayview, another subdivison of Twillingate. This street will also lead you to the George Hawkins Memorial Stadium, home of the famous Fish Fun and Folk Festival. After that, Toulinguet Street will end with a final intersection. Turning left will take you to Main Street North and the famous Long Point Lighthouse while a right turn will lead you onto Main Street South that leads to Durrell.
Twillingate is known as a popular location for iceberg viewing and whale watching.
A must see for visitors to Twillingate is the Long Point Lighthouse; located in Crow Head on Main Street North. It's just a few minutes away from the town and has a beautiful area for looking out over the ocean to view whales and icebergs.
Other points of historic importance include:
- The Women's Institute
- Orange Lodge
- Masonic Lodge
- St. Peter's Anglican Church
- Southside United Church Museum
You can't visit Twillingate without going to the museums. Learn about the culture, heritage and people of Twillingate by visiting either the Twillingate Museum on Main Street North or the Durrell Museum on Museum Road, just off Durrell Street and Main Street South.
Going on boat tours of the island is a very exciting activity. Just don't forget to bring your camera! There are several licensed boat tours on the island like Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours at Pier 52, Cecil Stockley's "Iceberg Man" tours at the Iceberg Shop on Main St. South or Twillingate Adventure Tours on Main Street North.
Do a wine tour and tasting at Auk Island Winery in Durrell - taste wines made from local berries and iceberg water. Hike the numerous well-groomed hiking trails or enjoy local entertainment during the summer such as the Split Peas, All Around the Circle dinner theatre, Ada Jenkins' Backroom Sessions, [irenebridger.ca Irene Bridger's] gospel performance or a Kitchen Party with Karren Churchill.
Twillingate has a growing artist community. Visit Twillingate Gallery with the work of Nina Keogh and John Satterberg, Driftwood Gallery with Ted Stuckless' work, Paintings by Pearl in Crow Head featuring the art of Pearl Geiger.
Approximately five kilometers outside the town is Prime Berth - Twillingate Fishing Museum. You can visit the walk-in codfish trap here or see live rabbits. There are lots of exhibits and beautiful things to look at. A must see for visitors.
This is just a sampling of things to do in Twillingate.
There are lots of great shops in Twillingate where you can bring home beautiful souvenirs.
- The recently opened Crow's Nest Café in Crow Head, on the way to Long Point Light House, has a delightful selection of gifts.
- The Country Outport at Longpoint Lighthouse has a selection of gifts as well as a delicious fudgery.
- Twillingate Museum has a store with local crafts as well as
- Durrell Museum where you'll find locally knitted and quilted gifts
- On Main Street South, you will find the Iceberg Shop. This store has beautiful crafts and souvenirs that you can bring home with you.
- Visit the Great Canadian Dollar Store on Northside next to Foodland or the
- Twillingate Pharmacy (Pharmachoice) on Main Street North.
- If you don't have enough goodies yet, visit Prime Berth's gift shop about 5km outside Twillingate near the causeway or
- Twillingate Adventure Tours Gift Shop and Restaurant on Main Street North.
Twillingate is home to several delicious restaurants.
- The Anchor Inn Hotel Restaurant has a great ocean view and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from May to December. It is fully licensed and air-conditioned with a comprehensive menu. Known for fresh local seafood, lobster in season, chowder, fresh vegetables and salads. Meals can also be enjoyed in the oceanfront lounge.
- The favorite of many tourists is the popular R&J Restaurant on Main Street North. It has a beautiful view of Twillingate Harbour. You can try their famous wedgefries, have a home cooked "fish n' chips" meal, have a bowl of soup or anything else on their extensive menu. They also serve Greco pizza.
- Another option is the Grubbies Restaurant on Main Street South. It also overlooks the harbour and has great food ranging from french fries to soup. There's a bar there and an internet cafe.
- If you enjoy fast food, try Mary Brown's - Famous Chicken and Taters on Toulinguet Street. They have delicious fried chicken, taters, french fries, burgers and other fast food items at competitive prices.
- Twillingate resident Joyce Troake's owns Cozy Tea Room and Bakery on the corner of Tickle Bridge Road and Main Street North. There are always homemade baked goods available for you there, or you can try her delicious soup and other items. Don't miss her toutons and beans with molasses!
- Recently opened is Island Pizza on the other side of the Mary Brown's building on Toulinguet Street. They have pizza, ice cream and other delicious foods for you to try.
- Seaside Variety (Mr. Scoops) is a well-kept local secret. This understated little store along Main Street south has a selection of home-made berry ice creams.
- In the centre of town you cannot miss JJ's Fishmarket where you get to enjoy fish and chips outside on their deck.
- Anchor Inn Restaurant (Anchor Inn Restaurant), 3 Path End, Northside, Twillingate (Follow Main Street North and turn right onto Scott's Lane. Across from St. Peter's Church.), ☎ 709-884-2777, . Enter through the main Anchor Inn Hotel entrance. This oceanfront, licensed, air-conditioned restaurant seats 75 people. Friendly staff is waiting to serve you from an extensive menu that includes fresh, local seafood favourites, lobster in season, chowder, pasta. The restaurant is open from May to December for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bookings in peak season are recommended. $85 - $135. (49.6576,54.7753)
Twillingate has options for espresso addicts too: during the summer months two delightful coffee shops offer a selection of speciality coffees:
- The Newfie Fog Café on Main Street in the centre of town
- The Crow's Nest Café on Main Street/Route 340 in Crow Head shortly before reaching Long Point Lighthouse. The view from here is breathtaking.
A recommended visit is the Anchor Inn on the corner of Main Street North and Scott's Lane or North 99 on the corner of Main Street North and Back Harbour Road.
- Anchor Inn Pub (Anchor Inn Pub), 3 Path End, Northside, Twillingate (Follow Main Street North to Scott's Lane and turn right. The pub is on the lower level of the hotel, faces the ocean and the entrance is downstairs on the ocean-side of the building. Can also be accessed from inside the main hotel.), ☎ (709)884-2777, . checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12 am. This local pub offers a selection of local Quidi Beer, including its famous Iceberg Beer, as well as local Auk Island berry wines. Moderately priced, this is a quiet hideaway with a great ocean view. (49.6576,54.7753)
If you are tired after all these activities, get a good night's sleep at one of Twillingate's many bed and breakfasts, vacation homes, cabins or hotel. They are located all across town, from Main Street North to Durrell to Little Harbour; there are many choices that would take up too much room to list. It is recommended if you are visiting during the peak summer season, especially during the Fish, Fun and Folk Festival in late July that you book early. Prices range from $60-$70 per night up to over $200 depending on where you stay.
- Amber Retreat (Amber Retreat), 14 Slades Lane, Durrell, Twillingate (From Route 340, turn right onto Main Street South for 4.3 kms. The road winds along the coast. Watch for Slades Lane on your right. Look out for the distinctive modern yellow saltbox home.), ☎ (709)753-1861, . checkin: 3:30 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. Vacation home, located in a quiet community at 14 Slades Lane, Durrell, Twillingate, just a minute from the beach. Rated 4-star by Canada Select. A perfect private romantic getaway or a vacation with family and friends for 4 people. Two large bedrooms with generous en-suite bathrooms, a living/dining room, library/ TV room, wireless high speed Internet, fully equipped kitchen (with dishwasher) and laundry room. Modern coastal design inside and traditional salt-box exterior with generous wrap-around decks. $150 - $200. (49.66422,54.73243)
- Above the Tickle (Above the Tickle), 84 Main Street, Twillingate (From Route 340, turn left onto Main Street and around the first turn you'll see the distinct blue house with red door on your right.), ☎ (709)753-1861, . checkin: 3:30; checkout: 11:00. Merchant home (4 1/2 star) with ocean views: Vacation Home, located at 84 Main Street, Twillingate. Ocean views, close to the harbour, Tickle Bridge and "downtown".. Rated 4 1/2-star by Canada Select. A perfect romantic getaway or a friends or family break for 4 to 6 people. Three bedrooms (Q, Q, D) and 1 1/2 bathroom. Traditional merchant home with newly renovated interior. Cable, high speed wireless Internet, living room, dining room, large well-equipped kitchen (including dishwasher), laundry facilities, large garden, close to the centre of town and ocean views. $150-$200. (49.64302,54.766331)
Town Hall is on the corner of Main Street South and Blandford's Lane and can be contacted at the following address:
Town Of Twillingate
P. O. Box 220
Tel: (709) 884-2438