Against the backdrop of the historic town of Trinity, “Chapter 2 – Before Fiberglass: Wooden Boats of Newfoundland and Labrador” tells the story of our wooden boats and their traditional uses.

New in 2014, the exhibit located at the Court House includes material, artefacts and interpretive panels, with live demonstrations and hands-on instruction offered by our resident boat builder.

June 30 - October 10, 2014

9:30 AM to 5:00 PM


The Trinity Experience Visitors Pass covers entry to eight historic sites in the Town of Trinity and may be purchased at the Trinity Visitor's Centre on West Street.

Your admission pass covers the following historic sites: Visitor's Centre, Lester Garland House, Lester Garland Premises (Ryan’s Shop), Cooperage, Green Family Forge, Hiscock House, Trinity Museum and Trinity Wooden Boat Exhibit at the Court House.

or to just view the Trinity Wooden Boat Exhibit at the Court House admission is $5.00 per person.



Driving Directions
The Court House in Trinity is located at 3 Dock

From the Trans-Canada Highway:
Take Route 230 towards Bonavista
Turn Right at Route 239 to proceed towards Trinity
Turn Left into Trinity at the intersection
Arrive at the intersection with the Royal Bank and proceed straight.
Take a sharp right turn and proceed straight and will come to the Court House at 3 Dock Road

For further details contact us
Phone: (709) 464-3599
Fax: (709) 464-3599


Boat Building Workshops – Level 1

Afternoon workshops provide museum visitors with the opportunity to experience an element of wooden boat construction while visiting Trinity. Participants will take part in demonstrations and building exercises focused on one of four topics: stem and keel, timbers, moulds and battens, and planking. Level 1 Workshops are offered every Tuesday and Wednesday in July and August from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Duration: 3 hours
Cost: $25

Stem & Keel:
Tuesday, July 1
Tuesday, July 15
Tuesday, July 29
Tuesday, August 12

Tuesday, July 8
Tuesday, July 22
Tuesday, August 5
Tuesday, August 19


Moulds & Battens:
Wednesday, July 2
Wednesday, July 16
Wednesday, July 30
Wednesday, August 13


Wednesday, July 9
Wednesday, July 23
Wednesday, August 6
Wednesday, August 20


Registration for the workshops can be booked in advance at the Court House or by contacting Jim Miller at either 464-3599 or

Level I Registration Form

Children’s Boat Building Workshops

WBMNL’s Children’s workshop offers an age appropriate (ages 7-12) approach to learning about traditional boat building in Newfoundland and Labrador. Activities combine classroom learning with hands-on practice to build team-work skills and develop an appreciation for local heritage.

In the classroom

Through interactive discussions and demonstrations, children will learn:

  • The types of boats in Newfoundland and their uses
  • The differences between a flat and round bottom boat
  • The modern and traditional names for parts of the boat
  • An explanation and demonstration on how a boat floats
  • Traditional boat caulking using oakum
  • Net knitting

In the shed

Under the supervision of our boat builder, children will have the opportunity to learn about the boat building process.

  • The workshop begins with a small talk regarding safety and the importance of being careful when working with tools. Children are provided with safety goggles for the workshop and staff are present to ensure continued safety throughout.
  • Children are taught about traditional hand tools and have the opportunity to use a hand drill and a hand plane.
  • With our boat builder’s guidance, children work together to assemble a dory kit specifically developed for children ages 7-12.
  • Following completion of the kit, children learn about traditions associated with launching a boat. This includes superstitions, compass directions, weather and songs.

The workshop ends with a presentation of junior boat builder certificates to all participants.

2014 Schedule & Registration

Children’s Boat Building Workshops are offered every Thursday in July and August from 1:00-4:00 pm in Trinity. The cost is $25/child.

Registration for the workshops can be booked in advance at the Court House or by contacting Jim Miller at either 464-3599 or

Chrildren’s Workshop Registration Form

The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador offers Level 1, 2 and 3 Workshops at their Headquarters in Winterton.  A complete schedule of workshops being offered in Winterton can be found on their website at

For more information or to register contact Beverley King at (709) 583-2070 or email


Make and Break Engine Workshop - How to Keep your Engines Running

Saturday, July 12, 2014

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Court House Boat Shed, Trinity


Join Charlie Donnolly for this workshop to learn more about the operation and maintenance of traditional marine engines with specific topics related to the removal and installation of piston rings and contact points with igniters.

This workshop will combine hands-on technical training with informative discussions exploring the history of make and break engines and their contribution to the evolution of traditional wooden boats.

Space is limited so please register in advance at the Court House or by contacting Jim Miller at either 464-3599 or