Thursday's Child: Trinity, Newfoundland

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What’s not to love about a village where you can see both a pageant commemorating local history and an iceberg?

Trinity, Newfoundland was first settled in the sixteenth century, and later became an important centre for the fishing industry.  Today, it’s a major attraction for its summer theatre.  Rising Tide Theatre puts on a full array of shows, but none is more popular than its annual pageant.  This show is staged throughout the town, and the audience follows the performers to the church, the fishery and the harbour, sharing in moments both comical and tragic from the town’s history. The girls loved the pirate invasion; Andrew and I were moved by the tale of the fishermen who were frozen to death just off the shore. More than anything, the pageant demonstrates the perseverance and courage of the local community through years of hardship.

And that iceberg?  May is the time to visit Newfoundland if you’re looking for icebergs, but we managed to see a smallish one just outside of Trinity when we visited in August 2007.

We spent two nights in Trinity.  Much of its charm was simply in exploring – there are plenty of trails and historical buildings to discover.  And for all the excitement of a town pageant and an iceberg, the part I loved most about Trinity was walking in and around this tiny, well-preserved village.


19 comments:

Carol said...

Looks like a very serene place! Pretty place to explore!

Valerie said...

What a gorgeous place to visit. I love that they have a firm hold on their history, and allow visitors to share in it. :)

Barbara said...

What a marvelous pageant, Beth, and how fortunate you were able to take part, learn and enjoy. Love the iceberg photo. Really amazing, isn't it?

allieksmith said...

How cool to see an iceberg right in the middle of the water by the adorable town :)

Rita said...

I have never been; there are lots of infomation trying to attract us to go visit; maybe someday. Your post is wonderful.
Rita

julie said...

Very neat! You now have me wanting to plan a visit; I'd love to see some icebergs!

Angie's Recipes said...

I would love to visit the place too. Looks so peaceful and beautiful.

Caryn said...

Such beautiful pictures! I especially loved the first one and the last one; they look like something you'd see on a post card. And the ice bergs are so cool! (No pun intended...)

Jess said...

How rustic and quaint and brimming with personality! Beautiful pictures :)

Claudia said...

I love the idea of following the pageant around! Appeals to my sense of theatricality. A hard life was definitely to be had there - amid all that beauty.

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wow what a neat town and an iceberg wow

tenaciouslyyours.com said...

Oh, I so love a good pageant with re-enactors. And to follow them about! That is one experience I've never had - it sounds like something that would be fun to do with my mother, actually :)

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

Soooo pretty! And the list of places I want to visit grows longer and longer...

Victoria said...

What a lovely village. It seems so serene, a comforting blast from the past :)

Emma said...

I love these photos! What a sweet little town, you sure do travel to some lovely places Beth :)

Fresh Local and Best said...

What a treat to watch the pageant! The landscape of Trinity is beautiful. I'd love to see that iceberg in real life someday.

Deniz Bevan said...

Gorgeous! I've only been as far as New Brunswick, and would love to visit the rest of Atlantic Canada someday.

jillbert said...

What a beautiful town!

everydaygreengirl said...

I've actually been there! It's so amazing to see the icebergs and whales from the shore.

I didn't see the summer theatre though!

We went on a whale watching tour while in NFLD. It was on a much smaller boat than when I went in Gloucester, Mass. but we were able to get very close to the puffins and whales that way.

There are so many hidden gems right in our own country.

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