This forum will take place on the Bonavista Peninsula, specifically Trinity to Bonavista, to highlight the region’s built heritage assets and identify new strategies for mobilizing heritage for place-based development. This unique community-based forum will engage regional stakeholders, business, municipal and not-for-profits, in a transformational dialogue around built heritage by identifying new place-based development opportunities based on regional and sectoral collaboration. The forum is being organized by Trinity Historical Society, the Bonavista-Trinity Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation, and Tourism Elliston, with support from the Environmental Policy Institute of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University.

Communities in the region have unique built heritage that has been central to economic development and employment, preservation of place and the ultimate survival of communities. Communities such as Bonavista, Port Union, Trinity, and Elliston have capitalized on their one-of-a-kind built heritage to enhance social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being across the region. As a result of these and other community-based efforts, the region is

experiencing a revitalization that has garnered it attention across the province and country in rural and urban communities alike. This revitalization has been marked by new resident in-migration and a surge of economic and cultural activity that has breathed new life into the region. The region’s unique built heritage along with private business, government and not-for-profit investments, cash and in-kind, have played a major role in that renewal. However, there are still many opportunities for using built heritage assets to further enhance community revitalization. Regional leaders are seeking new approaches for place-based economic development to harness creativity and foster collaboration across communities and sectors while improving regional well-being. Local leaders are interested in supporting regional development strategies that mobilize built heritage and encourage cross-sector and community collaboration, building on previous place-based initiatives that have occurred in the region while supporting existing collaborative efforts. There is also interest in cultivating further opportunities for the creative economy, which has become a key feature of community revitalization across the region.


John Norman

Chief Operations Officer / Co-owner

Bonavista Creative / Bonavista Living

Dr. Gerald L. Pocius

Research Professor at Cape Breton University

Morgaine Parnham

Textile Artist

Brennan Lowery

PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary PhD Program, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Joan Cranston

Founding member of the Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation

Marilyn Coles-Hayley

Executive Director for the Home from the Sea Foundation Inc.

Edith Samson

Executive Coordinator for the Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation

Sean Cadigan

Associate Vice-President (academic) programs, for Memorial University

Natalie Bull

Executive Director, National Trust for Canada

Anna Murphy

Natural dye and textile artist

Mary Bishop

Urban Planner

Jerry Dick

Executive Director, Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Agenda: Rural Vitality - Partnerships and Placemaking

Please note that where bus transportation is provided there will be certain pick-up and drop-off locations between Trinity and Bonavista. These will be identified at a later date and will be provided to all registrants by email prior to the event as well as in the registration kits.

Sunday, September 23rd

Location: Rising Tide Theatre, Trinity

4:00pm - 6:00pm Registration

6:00pm - 9:00pm Networking mixer

Monday, September 24th

“Where We’ve Come From”

Location: Rising Tide Theatre, Trinity

8:00am - 9:00am Registration

9:00am - 9:30am Welcome by the forum organizers

9:30am - 10:30am Opening Presentations
Dr. Gerald Pocius: "Built Heritage and Place in the New Newfoundland"
Natalie Bull, National Trust for Canada

10:30am - 10:45am Break

10:45am - 12:00pm Panel Discussion: The preservation of Trinity’s built heritage over the years - Municipal Perspective Moderated by Jerry Dick. Panelists: Jim Miller and Mary Bishop

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm - 2:30pm Panel Discussion: Place and placemaking as essential elements in built heritage restoration. Panelists: Gerald Pocius, Donna Butt and Jerry Dick

2:30pm - 3:00pm Break

3:00pm - 4:30pm Walking Tour of historic Trinity

Evening Attendees are free to explore the region and have supper at the restaurant of their choosing.

Tuesday, September 25th

“Where We Are Today”

Location: The Factory, Port Union

9:00am - 9:30am Arrival in Port Union - Review of the day's schedule

9:30am - 10:15 AM   History of Port Union and current community initiatives, presented by Dr. Sean Cadigan and Edith Samson

10:15am - 11:00am Panel Discussion: Tying built heritage restoration to today’s community development needs.
Panelists: Edith Samson, Joanie Cranston, Brennan Lowery, Natalie Bull

11:00am - 11:15am Break

11:15am - 12:30pm Walking tour of Port Union Historic District, Tour of Union House Arts initiative

12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm - 2:15pm Panel Discussion: Fostering regional collaboration between communities and sectors to maximize built heritage assets Panelists: Jim Miller, Edith Samson, John Norman, Marilyn Coles-Hayley, Barry Pearce

2:15pm - 2:45pm Bus to Elliston

Location: Recreation Hall, Elliston

2:45pm - 4:00pm Panel Discussion: Post-secondary education and its role in present and future place-based development opportunities
Moderated by Jamie Best
Panelists: Marilyn Coles-Hayley, Edith Samson, John Norman, and Jim Miller

4:00pm - 4:30pm Overview of the Elliston story Presenter: Marilyn Coles-Hayley

4:30pm - 6:00pm Walking tour of Elliston

6:00pm Dinner Provided by Nanny’s Root Cellar Kitchen

8:00pm Bus returns to accommodations

Wednesday, September 26th

“Where We Are Headed”

Location: TBA, Bonavista

9:00am - 9:30am Arrival in Bonavista and Review of the day's schedule.

9:30am - 10:30am Presentation: The role of public and non-profit investment in the revitalization of Bonavista Speaker: John Norman

10:30am - 10:45am Break

10:45am - 11:45am “Placemaking: A Bonavista Case Study” with John Norman

11:45am - 12:45pm Lunch

12:45pm - 2:00pm Walking tour of historic downtown Bonavista

2:00pm - 2:30pm Panel on new creative economy businesses in downtown Bonavista Panelists: John Norman (Bonavista Creative), Morgaine Parnham (Tree Line Fine Art and Craft), Anna Murphy (Yellow Rose)

2:30pm - 3:30pm Special Session: Makerspace/incubation centres for fostering rural entrepreneurship and innovation Led by Bonavista-Trinity Regional Chamber of Commerce and Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre

3:30pm - 4:30pm Close of forum

Event Location

The Bonavista Peninsula has become known as one of the province's top tourism destinations. Located just a short drive outside the capital city of St. John's, there are three (3) gateways to the Bonavista Peninsula. You can take the eastern entrance onto Route 230A at Clarenville, the central entrance near Thorburn Lake at Route 230 or the west entrance from the Trans-Canada Highway onto Route 233 at Port Blandford.

An overview of the Bonavista Peninsula

Mention "Bonavista" and people here think of John Cabot, a Genoese adventurer known in his hometown as Giovanni Caboto. He found fish, lots and lots of fish, and the race was on to scoop it up, dry it and ship it to Europe. Uncounted fortunes have risen and fallen on the fish trade. But you'll find a more recent Italian connection with the Bonavista Peninsula in Clarenville, where after turning off onto the Discovery Trail you will probably find yourself on Balbo Drive. It's named for General Italo Balbo, the Italian Fascist who led a squadron of flying boats into nearby Shoal Harbour, was paraded and welcomed in Clarenville and flew off with a load of specially stamped mail. He came to an unhappy end, however, as did many of his political ilk: after becoming governor of Libya, he was shot down over Tobruk by Italian guns in 1940.

Clarenville / Shoal Harbour is a friendly area, and a modern one. Now basically a service centre for the Bonavista Peninsula. There is much to do here year-round including great hiking trails, White Hill Ski Resort, a movie theatre and a railway museum, just to mention a few. Take some time to explore this town. Originally known as Clarenceville in honour of the Duke of Clarence, it dates from the 1890s, which is relatively new by Newfoundland standards.

As you cross the causeway and take a detour to Random Island / Hickman's Harbour, and two things are obvious: a few hundred yards of water spelled isolation for the people of this largish island until the causeway was constructed in the 1960s; and, two centuries of logging have not come near to exhausting the potential of the island's robust and well-managed forest. Everywhere you go there is evidence of logging and legend has it the eastern part of Random Island was the last stronghold of the Beothuks in eastern Newfoundland.

At the base of the peninsula, the town's of Lethbridge and Musgravetown welcome you. This area is considered farming country. In season, you can get lots of fresh vegetables here and farmers here gather dead seaweed that has washed onto the narrow, sandy beaches and truck it off to their fields to help replenish the soil. From here, you can continue on to Port Blandford where there is an opportunity for good salmon and trout fishing or golf in the town's championship 18-hole golf course.

Heading north again on Route 230, the next stop is a very special part of not only the Bonavista Peninsula or of Newfoundland, but of Canada. Turn onto Route 239 and head for Historic Trinity. This little town is a gem, a national treasure, and one of the communities that is hosting this forum. It is a place where visitors can feel, for just a few hours or days the special Trinity enchantment. Trinity is a must-see on anyone's calendar. Most of the old town is a national heritage community, and there are several provincial historic sites, as well. People interested in Newfoundland history will find plenty of it here.

In addition to its history, Trinity has the good fortune to have other attractions that appeal to a wide variety of visitors. From whale-watching to boat tours and world class hiking trails nearby, there is something for everyone in the area. While the main attraction on this visit is the architecture, the theatre festival run each summer by Rising Tide Theatre is worthy of a re-visit.

(FYI...there is another community named Trinity on Route 320 in Bonavista Bay. This other Trinity is a small village not to be confused with Trinity, Trinity Bay.)

When you head north again, take some time to drive around Trinity East and Port Rexton because the scenery here is wonderful. Lockston Path Provincial Park on unpaved Route 236 is a good place to camp. The woods grow close to this road and as you drive along you might spot a moose or two!

The next stop up the coast is Port Union - the only union built town in North America. Built in the early 20th century - it's next to Catalina and is a union town founded by Sir William Coaker and the members of his Fishermen's Protective Union. Port Union has row houses that were built for Union Members who worked with the Fishermen’s Union Trading company, something unique that you usually don't find in rural parts of Newfoundland.

In addition to the Coaker Foundation and the Old Railway Museum, Coaker's house is also open to the public (in season). The word "graveyard" just doesn't do justice to the grandiose little meadow atop where he is buried. His body rests in a white marble sarcophagus which is topped by a half-statue of the man himself which has, depending on your point of view, either its back turned to the sea or its gaze directed to the coast where lived the fishermen he served. This memorial cemetery must certainly be the grandest to any individual in the province, and a lasting monument to a man who was, according to how you view history, either a giant of a man or a master propagandist. Coaker left Newfoundland in the early 1930s - at the height of the Great Depression - and passed his later years in Jamaica and Boston, where he died in 1938.

You're getting closer to Bonavista, but first a side trip to Elliston is in order. The Root Cellar Capital of the World is home to the John C. Crosbie Sealer's Museum and Interpretation Centre. If you venture towards the community of Marberly you will notice, just off these shores, is a group of islands where puffins nest each summer to raise their young, so bring your binoculars!

Up to now, the Bonavista Peninsula has been thickly wooded, except for the more frequent spots where peat bogs dominate. Now, as you reach the top of the hill overlooking Bonavista, the traditional barren Newfoundland coastline is in view, this time thickly covered by the houses and other buildings that comprise one of our most famous towns. If you can't find your way around Bonavista, don't panic. Get lost. That's the best way to see the town. Street signs are rarer than hen's teeth. And keep an eye out for one-way streets. Lanes and narrow streets wander willy-nilly over gentle hills.

Back through Bonavista, you head down the peninsula's west side. This is a very pretty area. The road weaves through timeless coastal fishing villages and near several pebble beaches where beachcombers will spend time just looking, and maybe even finding. This section of the peninsula just begs for side trips. Drive out the south side of Blackhead Bay to Keels - a photographer's dream. Have a look around King's Cove and take a walk to the lighthouse and check out the churches here and in other small fishing communities along this part of the coast and you'll find some very fine architecture. If golf is your thing, the View in nearby Princeton offers up a 9-hole course that's sure to make your day and visit complete.

We hope you enjoy all that the Bonavista Peninsula has to offer!


We have attempted to bring you the most updated information and listings of accommodations and dining however all providers may not be listed, we apologize if we have missed anyone in our attempt to complete our listing and ask you to contact us to be added to our list.

This region of the province has a variety of accommodation options including inns, hotels, bed & breakfasts, housekeeping units, parks and self-contained vacation homes. If you are travelling with co-workers / friends or family you may want to coordinate your accommodations and find the right choice for you and your organization / company.

You are also encouraged to check the listings conveniently found in the provincial travel guide online at www.newfoundlandlabrador.com / eastern accommodations.

A Trinity Suite
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 855.464.3440
Email: trinitymercantile@gmail.com
Website: atrinitysuite.ca

Abbott’s B&B
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.7103/6126
Email: abbotsbandb@yahoo.ca
Website: abbottsbendandbreakfast.com

Ada’s Place
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 709.697.1061
Email: adasplacetrinity@gmail.com

Annie’s Landing
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.743.3752 / 709.468.2844
Email: annieslanding@outlook.com
Website: www.annieslanding.ca

Artisan Inn / Campbell House
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 877.464.7700
Email: info@trinityvacations.com
Website: www.trinityvactions.com

Bertrem’s Beach Home
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.6093
Email: pdurdle@hotmail.com

Blue Whales Oceanfront Cottage
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.6188
Email: bluewhalesoceanfrontcottage@gmail.com
Website: www.bluewhalesoceanfrontcottage.com

Bird Island Inn B&B
Location: Elliston
Telephone: 709.468.5971 / 866.346.2473
Email: crrwolfcove@nf.sympatico.ca
Website: www.birdislandinn.com

Bonavista Vacation Homes-Long Beach House
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.218.0905
Email: lonhbeachhouse@hotmail.com
Website: www.bonavistavacationhomes.com

Breakwater Oceanview Cottage/Suite
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.0350
Email: breakwateroceanviewcottage@gmail.com
Website: www.breakwateroceanviewcottage.com

Butler’s By the Sea B&B
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.2445
Email: butlersbytheseabb@gmail.com
Website: www.bbcanada.come/1412.html

Cabot Cottage
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.765.2200
Email: luke.redmond92@gmail.com

Captain Blackmore’s Heritage Manor
Location: Port Union
Telephone: 709.469.2920 / 877.469.2920
Email: captainblackmore@eastlink.ca
Website: www.captainblackmores.com

Coles Vacation Home
Location: Elliston
Telephone: 709.747.8078
Email: lorna_coles@hotmail.com

Commander's Keep
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 877.240.5337
Email: commanderskeep@gmail.com
Website: www.commanderskeep.com

Compass B&B
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 709.424.6100

Devil's Cove/Eagle Peak/Skerwink Station
Location: Trinity East & Port Rexton
Telephone: 866.408.4748
Email: bmmcintyre@sympatico.ca
Website: www.newfoundlandvacationhomes.com

Doran House
Location: Port Rexton
Telephone: 709.739.0447
Email: trinitybight@morag.ca
Website: www.trinitybightvacations.com

Dorman’s Manor
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.1109 / 4627
Email: k.jenkins@eastlink.ca

Eriksen Premises / Kelly's Landing / Bishop White Manor
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 877.464.3698
Email: christine.whalen@nf.sympatico.ca
Website: www.newfoundlandexperience.com

Erin House
Location: Port Rexton
Telephone: 709.739.0447
Email: trinitybight@morag.ca
Website: www.trinitybightvacations.com

Fisher's Loft
Location: Port Rexton
Telephone: 877.464.3240
Email: enquiries@fishersloft.com
Website: www.fishersloft.com

Ford Tavern Vacation Home
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 888.963.8282
Email: info@russelltowninn.com

Goose Cove Retreat
Location: Goose Cove
Telephone: 709.682.2682 or 709.753.0794
Email: info@goosecoveretreat.com
Website: www.goosecoveretreat.com

Hampton House Oceanfront Vacation Rental
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 780.905.6077 / 965.23474
Email: hamptonhouse.newfoundland@hotmail.com
Website: www.hamptonhousebonavista.com

Harbourview B&B
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.7370 / 7375
Email: cktinkham@hotmail.com
Website: www.harbourviewgetaway.com

Hart’s Haven
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.6776 / 470.0335
Email: hartshaven@live.ca

HI- Trinity Skerwink Hostel
Location: Trinity East
Telephone: 709.436.3033
Email: manager@skerwinkhostel.com
Website: www.skerwinkhostel.com

Hodder House
Location: New Bonaventure
Telephone: 709.727.4408
Email: info@hodderhouse.com
Website: www.hodderhouse.com

Hogarth House
Location: Trinity East
Telephone: 709.687.3817
Email: info@nfldcottagerentals.com
Website: www.nfldcottagerentals.com

Home From Away
Location: Newman’s Cove
Telephone: 709.468.5971 / 800.346.2473
Email: homefromaway@me.com
Website: www.bbcanada.com/homefromaway

Island View Cabin
Location: Elliston
Telephone: 709.468.1422/4179
Email: hpamoldford@hotmail.com

Lancaster Inn B&B
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.5656
Email: lancasterinn@bellaliant.com
Website: www.lancasterinn.ca

Lighthouse View Location: Trinity
Telephone: 877.464.7700
Email: info@trinityvacations.com
Website: info@trinityvacations.com

Linthorne Loft Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 888.963.8282
Email: info@russelltowninn.com

Maidment House
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 709.464.2220
Email: maidmenthouse@eastlink.ca
Website: www.bbcanada.com/maidmenthouse

Mifflin’s Heritage Inn
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.2636 / 705.524.6433
Email: mifflinstearoom@hotmail.com
Website: www.mifflinsheritageinn.weebly.com

Mountain Ridge Cabin
Location: Elliston
Telephone: 709.468.4764
Email: mountainridgecabins@hotmail.com

Nan & Pop's Cottage
Location: Goose Cove
Telephone: 709.464.3650
Email: nanandpopscottage@hotmail.com

Oceanside Cabins
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.7771 / 6678 or 709.468.6300
Email: besdurconstruction@hotmail.com

Old Bonaventure House
Location: Old Bonaventure
Telephone: 709.464.2551
Email: dawne.marlow@eastlink.ca
Website: www.vrbo.com/514900

Parkside Inn
Location: Port Rexton
Telephone: 877.464.3698
Email: christinewhelan@nf.sympatico.ca
Website: www.newfoundlandexperience.com

Puffin’s Landing B&B
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.5967
Email: puffinslanding@msn.com
Website: www.puffinslanding.com

Railway Vacation Home
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.7921
Email: bonniequinton@hotmail.com

Robbins by the Sea Efficiency Units
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.8571 / 7836
Email: toddrobbins@hotmail.com
Website: robbinsbythesea.com

Rolling Hills
Location: Dunfield
Telephone: 877.829.4373
Email: edbeckett@nf.sympatico.ca
Website: www.therollinghills.com

Russelltown Inn
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 888.963.8282
Email: info@russelltowninn.com

Sam’s Treasure Chest
Location: Trouty
Telephone: 418.609.0587
Email: Renelavoie8@videotron.ca
Website: www.samstreasurechest.ca

Seakissed Cottage
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.3054 / 7941
Email: seakissedcottage@outlook.com

Seaport Inn
Location: Port Union
Telephone: 709.469.2257
Email: safehavenenterprises@hotmail.com
Website: www.seaportinn.net

Sherwood Suites
Location: Port Rexton
Telephone: 877.464.2133
Email: info@sherwoodsuites.com
Website: www.sherwoodshites.com

Skerwink House
Location: Port Rexton
Telephone: 709.739.0447
Email: trinitybight@morag.ca
Website: www.trinitybightvacations.com

Spurrell's Heritage Home
Telephone: 709.727.4408
Email spurrelheritage@gmail.com
Website: www.spurrelheritage.com

The Crow's Nest in Trinity
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 709.738.3224
Email: thecrowsnestintrinity@hotmail.com
Website: vrbo.com/612209

The Harbour Quarters Inn
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.7982 / 866.468.7982
Email: info@harbourquarters.com
Website: www.harbourquarters.com

The Meem’s Elliston B&B
Location: Elliston
Telephone: 709.468.1338 / 8399
Email: themeemsarabiansea@yahoo.com
Website: www.meemselliston.com

The Other House Vacation Home
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 855.464.3440
Email: trinitymercantile@gmail.com
Website: www.theotherhousevacationhome.ca

Trinity Cabins
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 877.341.3657
Email: info@trinitycabins.com
Website: www.trinitycabins.com

Trinity Eco Tours Lodge
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 709.464.3712
Email: bobbartlett@trinityeco-tours.com
Website: www.trinityeco-tours.com

Tuckamore Vacation Home
Location: Trinity East
Telephone: 236.999.0347
Email: harken@telus.net

Vintage Newfoundland Morris Manor
Location: Trinity
Telephone: 888.464.2470
Email: donna@vintagenewfoundland.ca
Website: www.vintagenewfoundland.ca

White’s B&B
Location: Bonavista
Telephone: 709.468.6036 / 866.468.7018
Email: whitesbnb@nf.aibn.com
Website: www.bbcanada.com/3821.html

Wolfcove Retreat House
Location: Upper Amherst Cove
Telephone: 709.468.5871 / 866.346.2473
Email: crrwolfcove@nf.sympatico.ca
Website: www.easternedgevacations.com/wolf_cove_retreat.htm


There are many dining options around the Bonavista Peninsula the following is a partial list of the dining options that are available, we apologize if we have missed anyone in our attempt to complete our listing and ask you to contact us to be added to our list.

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