Hiking in The Capital: 4 Great Trails

Fall will soon be upon us and what better way to enjoy the changing colours than to explore the hundreds of diverse hiking trails right here in St. John’s!

Here we recommend four notable hikes in the capital to start you off on the right foot.

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1. The East Coast Trail

The 300 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, the 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 — you can easily see why this Trail was listed as one of the World’s Best Adventure Destinations by National Geographic in 2012! In St. John’s, The East Coast Trail also marks the start of the world’s longest recreational trail system: The Great Trail.

2. The Grand Concourse

The Grand Concourse is an award-winning integrated walkway network spanning the metropolitan area of the Newfoundland & 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 and 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, if you’re lucky, occasional whale spouts and icebergs.


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 eight inter-looped walks, just under 1.6km in length. Geo Park offers many marvelous views of the City — Quidi Vidi Lake, Pleasantville, Gibbett Hill and Cabot Tower. The three main features in Gep Park are explained on beautifully-illustrated “History Boards” throughout the Park.