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Stay near Twillingate's top sights

Auk Island Winery19 locals recommend
Split Rock Brewing Co.17 locals recommend
Twillingate Museum17 locals recommend
Twillingate/NWI Dinner Theatre17 locals recommend
Annie's Harbour Restaurant13 locals recommend
R & J Restaurant11 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Twillingate

  • Total rentals

    130 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $30 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    7K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    60 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    30 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    30 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Twillingate

All About Twillingate

Twillingate is a small town on northeastern Canada’s South Twillingate Island, a remote corner of the Newfoundland and Labrador province where steep grass-covered hills meet dramatic, rocky coves in the Notre Dame Bay. Running alongside Twillingate’s rugged coastline, you will find dozens of hiking trails, such as the French Beach Trail starting at a pebble-covered shoreline, passing discrete coves, and ending at green hilltops with panoramic views of the island. For nearly half of the year, you can spot melting icebergs and a mix of minke and humpback whales migrating across the bay waters from Twillingate’s many nature paths.

As you explore Twillingate, you will see remnants of its past as one of the oldest ports in Newfoundland. The Isles Wooden Boat Museum showcases how cod fishers and residents throughout history crafted boats strong enough to stay afloat in the Atlantic Ocean and Notre Dame Bay. Camouflaged in Twillingate’s terrain, historic root cellars are hidden throughout the area, representing the once-necessary way to store food during cold winters hundreds of years ago. There are more than 230 cellars hidden within the hills, making for an intriguing self-created scavenger hunt during your visit.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Twillingate

Twillingate has four distinct seasons, but can be overcast and humid. The summer is warm, and it’s one of the rainiest seasons of the year. In July, the town hosts the Fish, Fun, and Folk Festival with arts and crafts stalls, fresh local seafood, and live music. Autumn weather is chilly and crisp, and September is the height of the berry-picking season, with wild blueberries, cloudberries, and partridgeberries among the favorites this time of year.

Winters are freezing and humid, making it a great time to head indoors to one of the island’s historical sites. Consider visiting the Durrell Museum, featuring a polar bear exhibit and hundreds of artifacts, including cod fishing tools and antique sewing machines. Spring can be cool and pleasant, warming up near the end of the season. The best time for spotting icebergs near Twillingate’s coast begins in April and continues into the summer. Some of the best views are from Wild Cove Beach on the east side of South Twillingate Island.

Top things to do in Twillingate

Sleepy Cove Trail to Long Point Lighthouse

A short drive north of Twillingate’s downtown, the Sleepy Cove Trail starts at a hilltop facing the cove’s curved shore, surrounded by dark cliff faces and fluffy balsam firs. As you begin the trail you’ll see old red and yellow machinery once used for copper mining. Follow the 2.6-mile tail to the final ascent to the 19th-century Long Point Lighthouse.

Twillingate Museum and Craft Shop

Housed in a 1915 building, the Twillingate Museum and Craft Shop offers a trip through the town’s history, with rooms filled with relics including old-fashioned stove tops and artifacts from the native Beothuk First Nations who first settled in Newfoundland. The craft shop portion of the museum sells traditionally handmade items like quilts, fishing boat replicas, and knitted clothing.

Top of Twillingate

Just south of town, the 1.6-mile Top of Twillingate Trail follows stretches of wooden boardwalks and meadows toward an 18-foot lookout tower with some of the best views of South Twillingate Island. After reaching the top, you can continue to the elevated Low Mist Pond loop trail.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Twillingate?

    Twillingate experiences a cool temperate oceanic climate. Summer temperatures hover around 17°C (63°F) while winter temperatures often dip to -5°C (23°F). Expect more snow during the winter, making it perfect for snowshoeing and winter hikes.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Twillingate?

    Explore the Long Point Lighthouse, embark on a boat tour with Iceberg Quest Boat Tours, or indulge in local culture with the Split Peas, a local women's choir. You can also visit the Twillingate Museum and Craft Shop, or go hiking on the Twillingate Trail.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Twillingate?

    Summer, particularly from May to July, is a frequently suggested time to visit Twillingate for iceberg spotting. It's also when the Fish, Fun, and Folk Festival takes place, celebrating local culture with music, crafts, and food.

  • What are the best places to stay in Twillingate?

    You may want to consider accommodations in the heart of Twillingate, close to amenities like restaurants, museums, and the Long Point Lighthouse. Wild Cove and Durrell are also popular areas, with stunning views of the coastline.

  • What are the best places to visit in Twillingate?

    In Twillingate, you can visit the Long Point Lighthouse, explore the Twillingate Museum, or enjoy the arts at the Auk Island Winery. The Prime Berth Fishing Museum and Interpretive Centre is another place of interest, especially for those curious about the area's fishing history.

  • What are some hiking trails in Twillingate?

    There are numerous hiking trails in Twillingate, such as the Top of Twillingate Trail, which offers breathtaking ocean views. The Sleepy Cove Trail traverses stunning coastlines, and the Spiller's Cove to Codjack's Cove Trail is a tranquil forest walk.

  • What are some family activities to do in Twillingate?

    Families can enjoy the Twillingate Adventure Tours for a fun boat ride, visit the Twillingate Museum for a touch of local history, or explore the local terrain on the various hiking trails. The Auk Island Winery also has non-alcoholic local berry juices for the children to taste.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Twillingate?

    Consider a day trip to the neighbouring Fogo Island, taking in the sights of the Fogo Island Inn and the Brimstone Head trail. Another idea is a journey to the Beothuk Interpretation Centre in Boyd's Cove, about 30 minutes from Twillingate, to learn about the indigenous history of the area.

  • How much does it cost to stay in bed and breakfast rentals in Twillingate?

    Experience the best of Twillingate with our bed and breakfast rentals, starting at about $60 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Twillingate?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 30 vacation rentals in Twillingate featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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