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 pro basketball. You should plan on arriving early and staying late!

This wonderful video of The Loop is by Altitude Media

1. Skate “The Loop” in Bannerman Park

Bannerman Park is the oldest and most historic park in the province and has recently undergone a major revitalization, including 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 loop, 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 is 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 are the order of the day.

For more information on The Loop you can visit this page.

Photo by Michael Winsor PhotographyPhoto by Michael Winsor Photography

2. 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.

Photo by The Telegram

Photo by The Telegram

3. Take in a St. John’s Edge game at Mile One Centre

This exciting new team played its first game on November, 2017 and is a hit – especially our local favourite, Carl English. No trip to St. John’s is complete without taking in a game. To get your tickets, visit the Edge 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!