Historic Towns in Elliston/Maberly Area
In addition to the Elliston/Maberly area, where Bird Island B&B is located, there are several historic communities within driving distance. Some of the more notable towns include Trinity, Port Union, and Bonavista. Bird Island B&B is the perfect base of operations giving you the opportunity to view all the Peninsula has to offer.
Approx. 30 minutes from Bird Island B&B. Although Trinity only has about a population of about 350, there are many architecturally significant buildings located throughout the community. The town is home to Rising Tide Theatre's summer program and was the location for the filming of The Shipping News, a high-budget 2001 Hollywood film starring acting icons Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, and Dame Judy Dench. The CBC series "Random Passage" was also filmed in the Trinity area. One of the few stretches of Newfoundland's railway still left in place after it was closed in the late 1980s, the Trinity Loop is also unique because of its unusual design.
Located on the rugged shores of Trinity Bay, Port Union is a small community making a big effort to restore its heritage buildings and celebrate its unique contribution to the history of Newfoundland.
The only "union-built town" in North America, Port Union was created in a flurry of construction starting in 1916. It was to be William Ford Coaker and the members of the Fishermen's Protective Union's "capital" as they built a new type of commercial and economic footing for Newfoundland's fishermen.
Port Union's community spirit is still very much alive, as residents work to preserve their built heritage and bring their history to life. Come, join us.
Approx. 10 minutes from Bird Island B&B. Bonavista was discovered by the Venetian explorer John Cabot who landed at Bonavista on June 24th, 1497. Some of Bonavista more notable attractions include The Matthew (replica of John Cabot's ship); The Ryan Premises (National Historic Site), Mockbeggar Plantation, and The Dungeon (sea cave). The Bonavista Peninsula runs 85 km northeast from a 19 km wide isthmus and measures between 15–40 km in width. It separates Bonavista Bay in the north from Trinity Bay to the south.
In the early 1800s, a St. John’s merchant named James McBraire established his major fishing premises at King’s Cove. During the winter, MacBraire took several local young men to St. John’s to be trained in navigation, and as a result King’s Cove developed a reputation for its successful schooner captains who participated in the spring seal hunt and the summer Labrador fishery. At the time of the first official Newfoundland census in 1836, King’s Cove had a population of 413, which was significant as the total population of Bonavista Bay was only about 5,000. King's Cove is a town in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is on Bonavista Bay.
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