When you want to get outside, St. John's offers lots of options for outdoor activity. The city is home to a variety of parks, both large and small, and a series of walking trails that snake from one end to the other.
Home to the Jazz festival and a scenic view of St. John's Harbour and the South-side Hills. This is one of the city's relatively new parks, and features a stage and seating area for performances, and is located across the street from the City's major War Memorial.
One of St. John's major parks, Bannerman Park features a public swimming pool, playgrounds, a baseball diamond and large open grassy areas. Sit in the shade under the many trees and enjoy yearly festivals such as the Folk festival, or the independant Peace-a-chord.
Located on Waterford Bridge Road, this massive park is run by the Bowring Park Foundation. It is home to over 50 acres of parklands, swimming facilities, playgournds, walkways and sculptures. Among the sculptures is the famous Sir George Frampton's Peter Pan monument. Bowring Park's Peter Pan is one of six such monuments in the world. The original is located in London's Kensington Gardens. As well the park features the sister statue to the Beaumont-Hamel Memorial in France.
St. John's has a growing Skate community, and the city has remodled several areas of the city to help skaters compete and practice. The city has 5 major Skate parks, one located in Bowering Park, one next to the old Memorial Stadium, another at the Kilbride Community Centre, another located next to the Goulds Fire Station and The Northwest Rotary Skate Park, Atlantic Canada's largest skate park! (more information)
The Pippy Park Campgrounds are located in the middle of the city. Open May 1 to September 30, the grounds have over 150 sites, both serviced, semi-serviced and unserviced.
For the camping enthusiests there are several grounds near the city. La Manche and Butterpot Provincial parks lie on the Avalon penninsula, and are open from May to September. Other camping accomodations can be found across the Avalon region, and throughout the province.
East Coast Trail
Maintained by the East Coast Trail Association, this hiking trail stretches over 500km, winding all along the shores of the Province's Avalon penninsula. Over 200km of world class hiking standard trail begins at Fort Amherst in St. John's, and leads all the way to Cappahayden along the Southern Shore.
The Grand Concourse Walking Trail
The Grand Concourse has over 120 km (70 miles) of walkways throughout St. John's and surrounding areas. The Grand Concourse Authority oversees the maintainence and improvement of the city's walkways and several parks. Rest areas and other ammenities have been added to present an enjoyable experience for all walkers.
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