Have you heard the news? This tour is hot off the press! Meet the news-makers on this guided walking tour around the North side of Twillingate Harbour.
Move over Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Before tweets and posts, Twillingate had its own social media called The Twillingate Sun! Founded in June 1880 by Jabez P. Thompson, The Twillingate Sun was the only newspaper on the North-East coast of Newfoundland.
The invention of the printing press and newsprint had a profound effect on 19th century society just as the invention of the internet and social media had a profound effect on later generations.
The Hot off the Press tour takes you back to the thriving Metropolis of the North where controversy and comedy made headlines. Your tour begins at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, the oldest wooden church in Newfoundland, where the sermons of early preachers were not only preached from the pulpit but also printed in The Twillingate Sun.
As you move along the beat of Twillingate’s first journalists, your guide will bring you the news hot off the press with clippings from the original Twillingate Sun.
With exclusive access to the original printing press, you’ll learn how the new technology of typesetting revolutionized communications between Twillingate and the world.
As you stroll the road to Snelling Cove, the green fields and spectacular ocean views will offer you a dimension of beauty rarely seen.
In this tranquil setting, an historic cemetery serves as the resting place for Georgina Stirling. Known by her stage name ‘Marie Toulinguet’, Georgina was a famous news-maker featured in The Twillingate Sun.
The shipping news is brought to life as you encounter the Hodge Premises, a restored heritage structure, where The Twillingate Sun received its shipments of paper – shipped via coastal boat from the Anglo Newfoundland Development Company (AND) of Grand Falls. Located at the ocean’s edge, this heritage building is a favorite photo opportunity for many travelers.
Breathe the fresh air and enjoy the stunning seascapes as you stroll the North side of Twillingate Harbour. Traditional Newfoundland dance tunes will fill the air as your tour guide plays some old-time favorites on the tin whistle.
Whistling and walking with your group of travelers, you’ll arrive at the Driftwood Gallery, the studio of prominent Newfoundland artist, Ted Stuckless, where the scenic splendor is captured on canvas.
Continuing down the coastline with rugged cliffs soaring the background, you’ll discover the hot spots of Twillingate’s early social life.
Arriving at Victoria Hall, Alexandra Hall, and the Inn of Henry T. Ford, you’ll be captivated by the unique architecture and the legends of determined dancing, confederation speeches, and emergency responses – not to mention the controversies concerning liquor!
Stroll along the road with your expert local guide to Old House Cove Cemetery and the site of Twillingate’s first Court House. Your tour concludes at the ornate Masonic Temple – home of a secret society. While some stories made headlines in The Twillingate Sun, others have been sealed in secrecy.
- More than 13 historic sites
- Coastal route with ocean nearly always in view
- Traditional musical performance
- Expert local tour guide
- Access to historic newspaper clippings & photos
- Exclusive viewing of Printing Press
- Interactive encounter
- Small group tour offering intimate experience
- Active travel to heighten your senses in the great outdoors
Terrain | Footwear | Clothing
The Hot off the Press tour will follow a route of paved and gravel roads. Ascents and descents are limited and brief and the pace is generally leisurely, about two miles per hour. The tour will not involve any off-road trails.
Comfortable walking shoes or ankle boots with good tread are required for this tour. Waterproof or water resistant boots/shoes are recommended in case of rain.
Flip-flops and open-toe shoes are inappropriate and increase the risk of injury. Guests wearing footwear of this type will not be permitted to participate in the tour. For additional information regarding appropriate clothing, please read our frequently asked questions.
Meeting Site | Departure Point
St. Peter’s Anglican Church – Parking Lot
St. Peter’s Church Road (aka Sellens Cove Road)
Twillingate, Newfoundland & Labrador
GPS Coordinates – Decimal Degrees
Finding Your Guide
Your tour guide will be awaiting your arrival at the sign located near the entrance of St. Peter’s Anglican Church. The guide will be wearing a shirt and/or jacket with Seaport Strollers printed on the front and back.
Photo Credit: East Coast Aerial
July 1 to October, 2018
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time for check-in.
Included in Tour Price
- Expert Local Guide
- More than 13 heritage sites
- Traditional Musical Performance on Tin Whistle
- Exclusive viewing of original Printing Press
- Admission Fee to Twillingate Museum
- Access to Historic Photographs & Newspaper Clippings
- One-Hour+ Walking Tour & Cultural Experience
- Panoramic Views of Snelling Cove and Twillingate Harbour
- All Sales Tax and Booking Fees
Tour Price (per person)
Children up to age 7: Free
Youth up to age 18: $15
How to Book your Tour
Visa or Mastercard Accepted.