Rooting Around Twillingate

One of the more unique activities you can do in Twillingate is searching for root cellars. Thus far, 232 root cellars have been found and recorded; many are easily spotted from roads and others can be found in further-flung locations. I’ve lost track of how many we’ve spotted thus far but looking for them combines hiking, geocaching, culture and history. offers a photo gallery with GPS coordinates to get you started in your search. Root cellars, as a source of sustainable refrigeration, are making a comeback. The root cellar above is within hiking distance of the Anchor Inn and Suites.

As we’re taking the potatoes and beets out of our garden this weekend, I wish I had a root cellar to put them in. There is even a typology of root cellars for Newfoundland and Labrador. I think the ones I’ve captured here are “hillside cellars.”

Elliston is known as the root cellar capital of Newfoundland and Labrador but with 232 of them in Twillingate, there are plenty to be had and found on your next visit. Root cellar spotting is a great family nature/get outside activity that I highly recommend for your next visit to T-gate (as I like to call it).

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5 Responses to Rooting Around Twillingate

  1. Anonymous says:

    thanks that was great I didnt think they had so many.

  2. pearl jenkins frampton says:

    my parents had one but its long gone. I hated going there to get veggies with all the bugs

    • TA Loeffler says:

      Yes I’ve heard many a story about how root cellars were dark and scary places for some…I’ve enjoyed searching for them but haven’t gone inside many as I don’t want to trespass.

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