Parks & Nature
There's a sense of awe that comes over you when you stand on our coast. You're standing on the edge of North America. Now take a deep breath. Have you ever experienced fresh air like this?
As you watch the waves crash against the cliffs and rocks that line the coast remember that for most of our ancestors this is the sight that greeted them as they approached the new world. Rough. Rugged. Untamed. And completely natural.
Newfoundland remains pristine. An untouched remnant of centuries long past. Explore it yourself and discover:
- Thousands of miles of rugged coastline.
- Two rural fishing villages right in the middle of a modern city.
- Wildlife of every description.
- Panoramic ocean views at every turn in the road.
- Open spaces as far as you can see.
- Air so fresh that it takes your breath away.
Within St. John’s you'll find parks, both large and small, and a series of walking and hiking trails that snake throughout the city and beyond.
Located in downtown St. John's, Bannerman Park features a public swimming pool and splash pad, playground, baseball diamond, and large open grassy areas perfect for summer picnics. In the winter, come here for a skate along The Loop.
Located in the city’s west end, this park is home to swimming facilities, playgrounds, walkways and sculptures. Among the sculptures is Sir George Frampton's Peter Pan monument, one of six such monuments in the world, and the Caribou Memorial honouring the Newfoundland soldiers lost in World War I.
With a scenic view of St. John’s Harbour and the Southside Hills, Harbourside Park is located in the heart of downtown and across the street from the city’s National War Memorial. Home to a summer-long live music series, it features a stage and seating area for performances.
Signal Hill National Historic Site
For a panoramic view of St. John’s and the Atlantic Ocean, head up to the top of Signal Hill. This National Historic Site is where the first transatlantic wireless signal was received by Guglielmo Marconi in 1901.
Quidi Vidi Lake
This large freshwater lake near downtown St. John’s is an attraction for rowing and other athletic pursuits. Amenities include a walking trail, boathouse, dog park and outdoor gym. Quidi Vidi Lake is home to the Royal St. John’s Regatta, a fixed-seat rowing race held in August that has the distinction of being North America’s oldest annual sporting event.
Those who ride skateboards, bicycles or scooters can enjoy the newly remodeled skate parks throughout the city. Further information and locations for all skate parks is provided by the City of St. John’s.
The Grand Concourse
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.
East Coast Trail
Maintained by the East Coast Trail Association, this hiking trail stretches over 500km, winding along the shores of the province's Avalon penninsula. Starting points from St. John’s include Quidi Vidi Village (heading north) or Fort Amherst (heading south).