Hiking in The Capital


Spring is upon us and what better way to enjoy the warmer weather than exploring the hundreds of diverse hiking trails right here in St. John’s! Let the fresh sea air rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit and maybe even spot a playful humpback or a sparkling parade of 10,000 year-old towering icebergs. Here within, some notable hikes in the capital.

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1. The East Coast Trail

The 275 kilometres of the East Coast Trail take you past towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks, deep fjords, and a natural wave-driven geyser called the Spout. It provides access to abandoned settlements, lighthouses, ecological reserves, seabird colonies, whales, icebergs, world’s southern most caribou herd, historic sites, a 50-metre suspension bridge, two active archaeological dig sites, and many more attractions. It offers a wilderness paradise of boreal forest, fresh clean air and quiet solitude, all combined with the raw natural beauty of the rugged Atlantic Ocean. The East Coast Trail was listed as one of the World’s Best Adventure Destinations by National Geographic in 2012!

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2. The Grand Concourse

The Grand Concourse is an award-winning integrated walkway network spanning the metropolitan area of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Capital, St. John’s, and its neighbouring communities of Mount Pearl, Paradise, Torbay, Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, and Conception Bay South. Approximately 160 km in length, the Grand Concourse links a series of rivers, lakes and ponds, parks and green spaces, providing access to the beautiful natural features of the metro region. Become an official Concourse Walker and enjoy our walkers paradise.

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3. Signal Hill’s North Head Trail

North Head Trail is the most popular & most difficult hiking trail at Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada. Spanning 1.7km, it connects Cabot Tower with the harbourfront Battery neighbourhood. The walk departs from the tower’s parking lot and traces the cliffs, imparting tremendous sea views and sometimes whale spouts.

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4. The Johnson Geo Park

The Johnson Geo Park walkways were constructed by the Grand Concourse Authority, to the same design standards as other walks of the Grand Concourse. There are 8 inter looped walks, just under 1.6km in length. Geo Park offers many marvellous views of the City – Quidi Vidi Lake, Pleasantville, Gibbett Hill and Cabot Tower. There are three main features in the Park, explained on beautifully-illustrated “History boards” throughout the Park.