Tilting is the easternmost community on the north Coast of Fogo Island. The first Europeans to fish at Tilting were the French who fished there throughout the 17th century before vacating it in the 1690's to fish further to the northwards. It then evolved into a distinctive Irish enclave when the first Irish settlers began to arrive. Like all other Fogo communities, Tilting was originally settled for the fishery and still has fishing stages standing along the shoreline. While the natural scenery is reason enough to visit, Tilting is also known for its commitment to the preservation of original outport architecture. In fact, Tilting is a National Historic Site of Canada as well as Newfoundland's First Provincial Registered Heritage District.
Members of the Tilting community work hard at keeping their regional cultural heritage intact. There are at least two designated groups that operate to accomplish this task. The Heritage, Entertainment and Revival Society is an organization that works to teach and promote traditional craft skills such as hooked mat making and quilting. A second group, the Tilting Recreation and Cultural Society, fosters the restoration of fishing stages and stores in the community, as well as maintaining local hiking trails and museums.