Twillingate

Twillingate. Home of the Midnight Shadow.Twillingate may very well host more icebergs than it does humans. Located in the heart of Iceberg Alley and often called the Iceberg Capital of the world, Twillingate is well known for the numerous bergs that float along the Labrador Current and through Notre Dame Bay.

The town also boasts a rich cultural history, stretching as far back as the 1650s when the Beothuk nation settled there. Incorporated in 1965, the town has seen many changes occur in this area, including the moratorium imposed on the cod fishery in 1992. Life along the rugged Newfoundland coast hasn’t always been easy, but these are a warm, loving, hard working people that wouldn’t have it any other way.

The municipalities of both the Town of Twillingate and the Town of Crow Head populate the two islands that form this community. Now enjoying a predominantly tourism-based economy, there are many museums, heritage properties, festivals, and rugged wilderness trails for visitors to explore. For instance, the Twillingate Museum and the Durrell Museum showcase the area’s diverse history. Ashbourne Longhouse, St. Peter’s Church, and the Long Point Lighthouse are some of the oldest heritage buildings in the region. There are lovely walking trails around the lighthouse, and more adventurous hikers like to trek from the lighthouse parking lot to Sleepy Cove.

The Long Point Lighthouse is perhaps the most popular attraction, sitting atop the cliff that is Devil’s Cove Head at 331 feet above sea level. This vantage point offers expansive views of the frigid North Atlantic and the most incredible icebergs, whales, sea birds, and brilliant sunsets that Newfoundland and Labrador — or anywhere else — can offer!