A city of refreshing contradictions, this is where the old world meets the new, and refined cityscape and rugged landscape live side by side. Here, you’ll discover that the only thing more inspiring than the colourful houses, people, and personality of the place, is the abundance of untouched wilderness that winds its way in and around the city – through its very heart, and along its rough edges. Whether you’re in pursuit of dramatic coastal vistas, or the simple serenity of being surrounded by nature, there’s a trail that will lead you there.

The East Coast Trail was listed as one of the World’s Best Adventure Destinations by National Geographic in 2012.

1 The East Coast Trail: Sugarloaf Path Route: Logy Bay to Quidi Vidi Village  - image

The East Coast Trail: Sugarloaf Path Route: Logy Bay to Quidi Vidi Village

Length: 8.9 km

In a place famous for its raw, natural beauty, it’s no surprise that many of its most stunning attractions are only accessible by foot. Starting just outside St. John’s, the Sugarloaf Path quickly leads you from civilization to an authentic fishing village rich in history and stunning scenery. Stick around for a tour of the Quidi Vidi Brewery, or stop in for a snack at one of the many cafés hugging the water’s edge.

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2 The East Coast Trail: Deadman’s Bay Path Route: Fort Amherst to Blackhead  - image

The East Coast Trail: Deadman’s Bay Path Route: Fort Amherst to Blackhead

Length: 10.6 km

Take in unparalleled coastal views, an authentic shipwreck, and the defiant beauty of the Fort Amherst lighthouse on the Deadman’s Bay Path. As you traverse the easternmost edge of the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll discover berry picking grounds and some of the best birdwatching on the continent.

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3 The Grand Concourse Route: Cuckolds Cove Trail  - image

The Grand Concourse Route: Cuckolds Cove Trail

Length: 1.95 km

Short in length, and abundant in natural wonders, the Cuckholds Cove Trail leads you to some of the most striking coastal views the province has to offer. At Cuckolds Cove, witness the turbulent beauty of the Atlantic Ocean relentlessly crashing into the rocky shores. Then, get a glimpse of the deceptively tranquil waters of George’s Pond.

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4 The Grand Concourse Route: T’Railway Waterford River West  - image

The Grand Concourse Route: T’Railway Waterford River West

Length: 2.4 km

Discover St. John’s by following the route of an ancient railway path. Now a well-trodden city trail, this section of the Grand Concourse will lead you on a scenic journey through historic Bowring Park and many of St. John’s most beautiful sights.

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5 Signal Hill’s North Head Trail  - image

Signal Hill’s North Head Trail

Length: 1.7 km

Get your blood pumping – and your heart racing – on one of the city’s most visually stunning and physically challenging trails. Beginning at the iconic Cabot Tower, Signal Hill’s North Head Trail leads you through the gravity-defying delights of the Battery district and along the cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Johnson Geo Park

Length: 1.6 km

Get a fresh perspective on a hike through Johnson Geo Park walkways. A series of eight inter-looped walks, the Geo Park offers stunning views of historically significant sites like Quidi Vidi Lake, Pleasantville, Gibbett Hill, and Cabot Tower.

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Published: February 7, 2019