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The name Twillingate comes from the French word "Toulinquet" which was given to the islands by French fishermen, who named them after a group of islands off the French coast, near Brest, also called Toulinquet.
Winter temperatures during December to April hover around -4 degrees Celsius to +4 degrees Celsius. Winters are generally amongst the mildest in Canada. Summer temperatures hover around the mid to high teens with warm summer days in July and August even reaching above 22 degrees Celsius.
Most commercial establishments accept Visa and Mastercard. American Express and Diners Club cards are also accepted at some. Smaller businesses still accepts cash only. Cash transactions are made in Canadian dollar. For currency conversions, visit http://www.xe.com. There is a branch of Canadian bank, Scotia Bank, in Twillingate as well as electronic bank machines (ATMs) that will dispense cash 24 hours a day.
How do I get to Twillingate?
Check out the Getting Here page
Consumers in Newfoundland and Labrador pay 15% sales tax on purchases. Some items are exempt from sales tax.
What should I pack?
Locals joke that in Newfoundland you can experience all 4 seasons in one day! From June to September, make sure that you dress in layers and have a rain/wind jacket, sweater, hat and sunscreen with you. Always bring comfortable walking or hiking shoes. For a visit in fall and winter, fall is cool and crisp, great hiking weather. Winters are usually mild with a normal temperature of 0 degrees Celsius. Bring along your winter boots, rainproof winter jackets, hats, scarves and mittens. A camera is a must and binoculars will be useful for iceberg viewing and whale watching.
Will I have a Cell Phone connection in Twillingate?
Telus and Aliant cellular users generally have cellular reception across Newfoundland. There are areas along Route 340 to Twillingate where there may not be reception. Customers who use Rogers as their cellular provider will only have cellular reception in the St. John's and Corner Brook areas.
How many people can Amber Retreat accommodate?
Amber Retreat has 2 large bedrooms with a queen-sized bed in each. The cottage can comfortably accommodate 4 adults.
What do guests think of Amber Retreat?
Guests at Amber Retreat seem to agree on one thing: they had an AWESOME vacation. Check out what guests are saying on the Canada Select website.
How do I reach the Town of Twillingate?
We often receive email that should be directed to the Town of Twilingate's office. Here is the link to the Town of Twillingate's website.
If you have any other question that you would like us to answer please contact us and we’ll do our best to find the answer as well it will help us to keep adding to this list of frequently asked questions.
Twillingate has a hospital for medical emergencies. If you are a resident of Canada, you should carry your "medicare" card with you just in case you need medical attention. International visitors need to ensure that they have travel health insurance before visiting. Emergency Medical numbers:
Notre Dame Memorial Hospital - 709-884-2131
Ambulance - 709-884-1414
Twillingate Pharmacy - 709-884-2345
Save Easy Pharmacy - 709-884-2200
How do I book a boat tour?
Twillingate has a choice of boat tour companies that generally do three tours a day each during the summer season.
Iceberg Quest Ocean Tours - 709-884-1888/1-877-8-WHALES (94-2537)
Twillingate Adventure Tours - 1-888-447-TOUR (8687); 709-884-5999
Twillingate Island Boat Tours - 1-800-611-BERG (2374)
Captain Dave's Boat Tours - 709-884-2485
How do I get to Fogo Island?
There is a short ferry ride (45 min) to Fogo Island (departing at Farewell) - it is a popular day trip for many tourist in the area. There is not a reservation system in place for this ferry, so it works on a first-come-first-serve basis. It is always a good idea to arrive at the ferry terminal an hour ahead of time to secure your place and check the schedule frequently, as it does change often. Allow driving time from Twillingate to the ferry terminal is of an hour and be sure to arrive early as there is usually a lineup.