Can you keep a secret? Become an insider as you unlock the secrets hidden in old graveyards, stately Victorian houses, and grand merchant premises. This guided walking tour around the South side of Twillingate Harbour takes you deep into the fabric of local life. The Secrets of the Settlers tour is an excellent way to start your stay in Twillingate!
With a local guide as lead detective, join a small group of strollers and investigate the little-known stories of the sturdy sailors and entrepreneurs who built Twillingate.
This one-hour walking tour begins at Hart’s Cove Cemetery – one of the earliest in Twillingate – and continues at a leisurely pace around the south side of Twillingate Harbour.
With rugged cliffs and pristine ocean only steps away, you’ll discover the Gothic Revival architecture of Ephraim Jacobs House and the fascinating tales of the seafaring Captain who later lived there.
As you meander through the quaint cove, the gentle movement of the ocean will surely roll your stress away. An easy stroll to the top of Froude’s Hill will bring you to a lookout with gorgeous panoramic views of Twillingate’s north and south islands with the deep blue ocean nestled in between.
Step inside the historic Twillingate Performing Arts Centre, built in 1868, and marvel at the hard-carved woodwork. Listen to your guide perform the provincial anthem of Newfoundland & Labrador on the Bevington Pipe Organ – one of only 8 remaining worldwide!
Discover the methods used by settlers to power the pipe organ without electricity. Your inner poet will come alive as you learn the lyrics of Newfoundland & Labrador’s provincial anthem and the early controversy that surrounded the musical score.
The tour continues down the coastline where your expert local guide will regale you with the tragedies and triumphs of Twillingate’s early fishing economy.
The Ashbourne house, shop, and office – all registered heritage structures – offer a visual experience of both past and present. The Longhouse is one of the oldest surviving residences in the province built in Georgian style.
When the secrets have been revealed, your stroll will conclude at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean near a bistro, convenience store, and boat tours. Throughout the tour, your guide will illustrate secrets and stories with historic photographs drawing the comparison between Twillingate then – and now!
- More than 7 historic sites
- Coastal route with ocean always in view
- Musical performance
- Interactive encounter
- Small group tour offering intimate experience
- Active travel to heighten your senses in the great outdoors
Terrain | Footwear | Clothing
The Secrets of the Settlers tour will follow a route of paved 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
Hart’s Cove Cemetery
(located near Captain’s Legacy B&B)
14 Ocher Pit Road
Twillingate, Newfoundland & Labrador
Finding Your Guide
Your tour guide will be awaiting your arrival near the Hart’s Cove Cemetery sign. The guide will be wearing a shirt and/or jacket with Seaport Strollers printed on the front and back.
July 1 to October, 2018
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time for check-in.
Included in Tour Price
- Expert Local Guide
- Musical Performance on rare Pipe Organ
- Admission Fee to Twillingate Performing Arts Centre
- Access to Historic Photographs
- One-Hour+ Walking Tour & Cultural Experience
- Panoramic Views of Twillingate Islands and 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.