Fun in the Sun: How to Stay Cool in St. John’s


Travellers to our fair city will enjoy the fabulous weather forecasted for the coming week. There is a high heat and UV index in place so here are some places you can visit to take a dip, chill out and enjoy the beautiful coastline and beaches that dot the greater St. John’s region. And remember, cooler ocean breezes will do the trick but stay hydrated and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Bannerman Park Pool Outdoor Swimming Pool and Splash Pad

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Photo by Joe Gibbons of the Telegram

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Located on Bannerman Road (between the Basilica and Government House), Bannerman Park offers a 25 metre outdoor swimming pool with accessible changing rooms and a splash pad, a zero-depth accessible play area available from 9 am to dusk. A number of lunch options nearby (Coffee Matters, Hungry Heart Cafe) offer to-go lunch bags you can take to the park and picnic in the shade or out in the sun. Cool off on the splash pad, sip on an iced tea, and bite into a fresh-made sandwich in Bannerman!

Bowring Park Swimming Pool

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On Waterford Bridge Road, (a eight-to-ten minute drive from downtown) a spacious public park with shaded walking trails also boasts a 50-metre outdoor swimming pool with a wading pool for toddlers, a brand new water slide, accessible change rooms, and a 3-metre diving board. Bowring Park Swimming Pool also has a zero-depth accessible splash pad available all summer long from 9 am to dusk. Take a look at the Peter Pan statue in the duck pond (history here) and wander through luscious trails down to the river side!

Middle Cove Beach 

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Just a twenty minute drive from St. John’s, Middle Cove Beach is a popular destination for residents and visitors. It contains ample parking and consists of a beautiful beach for children to play. At night many a campfire burns as the waves roll in the background. Admission is free but the Town asks that when using the beach please clean up all garbage whether used at day or night to keep it pristine for many years to come. Cool off with a sea breeze and take a dip in the Atlantic waters for a refreshing experience.

Manuel’s River Hibernia Interpretation Centre

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Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre is located at 7 Conception Bay Highway in Conception Bay South (CBS) on one of the oldest and most picturesque river valleys in eastern Newfoundland.

Only a 15-20 minute drive from downtown St. John’s and open 7 days a week, Manuels River features natural historygeology, and fossil exhibits, a Coffee Matters cafégift shop, a theatre with daily showings, and public programs. Hiking trails follow the Manuels River valley for over 6 kilometers and pass the trilobite fossil sites.

The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre also houses the regional Visitor Information Centre for Conception Bay South. Here you can learn more about the other attractions in the area and across the province. (And maybe cool off by the river!)

Topsail Beach and Rotary Park

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This is the region’s most popular day-use park. It offers picnic sites, a gazebo, amphitheater, playground, and a beautiful view of Conception Bay. Cool off on the rocks with family and watch the sun set on the ocean!