Being a tourist in Twillingate, Newfoundland & Labrador

I loved Twillingate.  I was only going to spend one day there and ended up spending three nights.  However, there were certain local idiosyncrasies that made it a bit challenging, so I thought I would put them out there to help other tourists.  If you don’t plan on going to Twillingate, NL, then you can stop reading here.


I talked to a lot of tourists (I do that).  Every one had a hard time finding accommodations.  Everything on AirBNB and Kayak and Expedia and all the other sites showed no availability.  Most people had tried all kinds of ways to find something online.  Then when we got there, there were lots of signs in yards saying B&B – Vacancy.  Apparently a number of local businesses haven’t yet heard of the internet.  So I don’t know what to tell you, except don’t give up, and use your telephone (and not to look things up, but to actually call people).

I stayed at the Hi Tides hostel and it was amazing – it books through AirBNB, and there is a good description of it there.  I also stayed at Peyton Woods which is a perfect example of what I describe above.  They say they are a campground and have two cabins.  This is true.  They also have double rooms to rent in the main building, and a number of very luxurious travel trailers to rent.  Also, the address on google maps takes you to the wrong location – in fact there are two addresses that can be found in google and they are both wrong.  55 Back Harbour is close to correct.

Iceberg Tours

There are a lot of companies that do tours, I took one and enjoyed it.  But that is not what I wanted to blog about.  Someone made a suggestion

to me and I wanted to pass it on, as it turned out to be a wonderful day.  There is a ferry that goes from Farewell (just a little bit out of the way on the drive into Twillingate) to Chance and Fogo Islands.  You can walk on the ferry (park the car) or drive on, and basically just stay on the ferry as it does its loop:  Farewell – Chance – Fogo – Farewell.  It was really great to get out on the water and see the icebergs from the deck – it is a big ferry, so you can sit on the upper deck outside, or sit inside and sip your coffee.  This is a great option for anyone who gets seasick, or anyone on a budget because the ferry fare was $8.50 (June 2017), which beats the the $55 for an iceberg cruise.  Check the schedules carefully – I accidentally ended up with 2 hours on Fogo, which was fine as I went for a hike.