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.
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 Man Tours Cecil Stockley's "Iceberg Man" tours, the pioneering boat tour in Twillingate (est.1985), Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours at Pier 52, 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.
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.
Twillingate is home to several delicious restaurants.
Georgie's Restaurant at the Anchor Inn Hotel has a great ocean view and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from May to December. Awesome ocean views. Casual dining. It is fully licensed and air-conditioned with a comprehensive menu. Known for fresh local seafood, lobster in season, fresh vegetables and salads Try the Chilli Like Seafood Pasta, Chef Ed's chowder or Chef Meg's flourless chocolate torte.
The Captain's Pub at the Anchor Inn Hotel has a lovely pub menu in the evenings - a perfect match for an ice cold local Iceberg Beer. Try Chefs Ed and Meg's island-style nachos or potato cigars.
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 wedge fries, 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.
Canvas Cove Bistro is located in the Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours location. A highlight is the ocean views and the quaint little deck at the back where you can enjoy a beer and a croissant or sandwich.
Looking for ice cream with a twist or baked goods or a fresh sandwich? Try Puffins Eats and Treats at the Auk Island Winery.
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 Troke 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.
Georgie's Restaurant at the Anchor Inn Hotel (Georgie's 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. Casual dining. This oceanfront, licensed, air-conditioned restaurant seats 75 people. Chefs Ed and Meg and friendly staff are waiting to serve you from an extensive menu that includes fresh, local seafood favourites, lobster in season, chowder, pasta. Kids Menu available. The restaurant is open from May to December for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations in peak season are recommended.$11 - $28. (49.6576,54.7753)edit
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.
Captain's 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, . This local pub offers a selection of local Quidi Beer, including its famous Iceberg Beer, as well as local Auk Island berry wines. Kitchen Party in summer on Friday nights at 8 pm. Screech Ins can be arranged. Moderately priced, this is a quiet hideaway with a great ocean view.(49.6576,54.7753)edit
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 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 4.5 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)edit
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 (4.5 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)edit
Anchor Inn Hotel & Suites (Anchor Inn Hotel & Suites), 3 Path End, Twillingate, NL (From the intersection of Route 340 with Main Street Twillingate, turn left to the north side and watch for Scott's Lane turning to your right - across from St. Peter's Anglican Church.), ☎ 1800-450-3950, . checkin: 3:00; checkout: 11:00. The Anchor Inn Hotel is an oceanfront hotel with 14 comfortable rooms and 8 one- and two-bedroom efficiency suites located directly behind the main hotel. Georgie's, the hotel's onsite restaurant and Captain's Pub & Lounge can comfortably accommodate smaller group tours. The licensed, air-conditioned restaurant seats 75 and is suitable for groups and special events. A separate meeting room accommodates 40 and is used for meetings, small conventions and private functions. The lounge often features live music. The hotel has been under new ownership and management since May 2011.$95 - $155. (49.64302,54.766331)edit
Anchor Inn Hilltop Suites (Anchor Inn Hotel Hilltop Suites), 146 Main Street Northside Twillingate (At intersection of Route 340 and Main Street, turn left for 1.8 kms), ☎ 1800-450-3950, . checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. Newly renovated one-or two-bedroom suites with bathroom, well-equipped kitchen, new appliances. living/diningroom with sleeper sofa and flatscreen TV; cable TV, high speed wireless Internet. Some with excellent oceanviews. Large communal deck with andirondack chairs.start at $125 + HST. (49.6571,-54.7752)edit