Notable Winter Activities In The Capital


If your travels take you to St. John’s in the winter then prepare to be surprised. The city offers an array of options to explore the outdoors, enjoy the dramatic coastline or take in a game of one of Canada’s favourite winter sports– AHL hockey. You should plan on arriving early and staying late!

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1. Winter Zipilining with North Atlantic Ziplines

North Atlantic Ziplines is an Eco Adventure Tourism business that offers visitors an exhilarating adventure opportunity. You would assume that adventure seekers likely try ziplining in the spring and summer months but, North Atlantic Ziplines operates in Petty Harbour all year round and in all weather conditions.

The wind in your ears, the cool air, the spectacular view. The Atlantic Ocean as far as you can see, the rugged coastlines, a quaint fishing village. There is beauty from all angles, and you’re flying! What a rush. It’s the longest zipline course in Canada, so when on the line, you have time to think, look around and take it all in.  And trust me, you’ve never seen eastern Newfoundland this way before.

A tour has 10 lines and will take approximately 2 and a half hours to complete. Each tour can take 15 people at a time.  It’s an amazing experience to do with friends, family, or with your corporate group for some fun, team-building experiences.

To book your zipline tour today, visit www.zipthenorthatlantic.com for more details.

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2. Skate “The Loop” in Bannerman Park

Bannerman Park is the oldest and most historic park in the province and is currently undergoing a major revitalization plan. Included in the plan is a new pool house, a splash pad, a new playground, a Garden of Memories and a new pavilion. Encircling the new pavilion is an ice skating ring, new to the park and unique in both its presence in the city and its design.

An ingenious loop for an uncommon outdoor skating skating experience; many a winter’s day will be spent skating in lazy circles with friends and family on this one-of-a kind skating surface featuring a state of the art underground refrigeration system. In the warmer months, in-line skating and cycling will be the order of the day.

For more information on The Loop you can visit their Facebook page here.

Photo by Michael Winsor Photography

Photo by Michael Winsor Photography

3. Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing in Pippy Park 

Pippy Park is one of Canada’s great urban parks. The centrepiece of St. John’s parklands, Pippy Park is a 3,400 acre land reserve, and a nature conservation and recreation area within minutes of the downtown core. A wide mantle of green at the northern boundary of St. John’s, Pippy Park offers an oasis of tranquility, spectacular views of the city, and year-round recreational opportunities.

Families and winter enthusiasts agree that when the snow comes, Pippy Park is the place to be! The City of St. John’s offers two networks of cross country ski trails as well as ski and snowshoe rentals and lessons. Novice skiers enjoy the gently groomed trails while experienced skiers seek the excitement of the twisting trails around Three Ponds Barrens. Snowshoers treasure the pure air, discover the pleasures of following animal tracks and listening to bird song. A cross country ski sledge is also available for individuals with physical disabilities.

For rental hours of operations you can visit them here.

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4. Take in an IceCaps game at Mile One Centre

In Canada, winter means hockey – and in the capital everyone flocks to cheer on the St. John’s IceCaps! The IceCaps are an American Hockey League team based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The team is the top affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL and is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. A week before their first game, the IceCaps had sold all their seasons tickets, sold all their ticket packages, and rented every suite. They had also sold all their sponsorship slots. In a building with a maximum seating capacity of 5,800 the IceCaps already have 5,000 paid seats before single tickets were made available for sale. The team was a success, and they had yet to play a single game!

No trip to St. John’s is complete without taking in a game. To get your tickets, visit the IceCaps here.

This is just a snapshot of winter in St. John’s, for even more information take the time to browse our website: we can help you plan the perfect winter getaway!