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From the Atlantic Bubble to enjoying your #StayHomeYear2020 St. John’s has so many fun activities you can partake in while still socially distancing. Here are our top 9:

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Hike the North Head Trail

A visit to St. John’s wouldn’t be complete without a trip up to Signal Hill and down the North Head Trail. Usually this hike would start in the famous colourful Battery but due to COVID-19 the trail now has clear markers to start from the top of Signal Hill, working your way down. This incredible seaside hike will give you views of the narrows,Fort Amherst and possibly even to Cape Spear if it is a clear day. For full details on this winding hike visit our North Head Trail blog linked below.

Photo by @melissa.k.kelly

North Head Trail
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Park side picnic

The best way to enjoy summer is a picnic with your favourite people. Many local restaurants are now offering picnic options so you can grab your bubble buddy and go to a nearby park for a socially distanced lunch. Why not try Chinched for a custom charcuterie that you can easily order online. Or give the Hungry Heart Cafe a call and pick up your lunch on your walk to Bannerman Park.

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Exploring Cape Spear

This breezy place is a known attraction for whale watching, hiking and simply enjoying the beautiful ocean vistas. Just a short drive outside of town, you will be able to stroll to the most easterly point in North America and read about the different whales and birds that frequent the cape. They also have a short trail that is accessible for mobility devices but to reach the lighthouses above it is a climb of stairs.

Photo by @jimsmithfromcanada

Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
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Patio Dining

While enjoying a delicious meal you can also get some fresh air. From the pedestrian mall on Water Street to the private patios on Duckworth Street and beyond, our downtown offers a large selection of al fresco dining. For a full list, visit our patio’s to cheers to article linked below.

Patios to cheers to
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Cod Jigging

Get ready to work for your dinner. A day cod jigging is sure to bring you a hearty catch and this year you can do it with the comfort of just your bubble or family. Charter a boat to yourselves and enjoy the sights from the water, a few laughs and even more fisherman tales.

Fishing Tours
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Wellness Retreat

Start your retreat off right with morning yoga on the dock before heading to a nearby spa for some much needed R&R. Book a spa and stay vacation and enjoy the pampering by yourself or with your partner.

Wellness Experiences
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Hiking the East Coast Trail

This network of 25 paths is a true treasure to the east coast of Newfoundland. The East Coast Trail offers genuine wilderness hiking that will take you through historic landmarks and inspiring coastal views. With 336 kms of trails to discover, it’s time to lace up your boots and start marching.

Photo by @maryexploring

East Coast Trail
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Berry Picking

Bring your bucket and get picking. You can of course find blueberries along most trails in and around the Avalon, including Signal Hill but for more variety head to Lester’s Farm Market for strawberry picking. Located just 12 minutes outside of St. John’s, you can pick from your own private patch and then meet the farm animals as your stroll through their garden centre. Don’t forget to stop into their shop and pick up a cold ice cream to sweeten the day.

Photo by @newfoundexplorer

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Boat Tour

It’s time to enjoy some time with some our smallest and biggest “tourists”. Hop on board a private charter or a reduced capacity boat tour to explore the plentiful waters of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Here you will watch with glee as whales playfully splash by and puffins feast on capelin.

Photo by @ericbartlettphotography

whale and bird watching

Published: July 28, 2020