With a seemingly unlimited number of hiking and walking trails, gorgeous city parks, and dramatic scenery just outside the heart of the city, there’s no limit to authentic outdoor adventure in St. John’s. From cross country skiing to fat biking, here are our top 8 winter activities.

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Snowshoe at Manuels River

Once the snow hits, strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore the scenic Manuel’s River trail system. Special snowshoe events typically begin in January and, with 6km of riverside hiking trails to explore, there will be plenty of reasons to come back again and again.

Photo by @dominiquehurleyart

Manuels River
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Watch the Birds

Winter is for the birds! Newfoundland & Labrador is internationally renowned for its winter birds – many of which can be found in and around St. John’s. Keep an eye out at Quidi Vidi Lake, Bowring Park and in and around our sheltered bays and rugged coastlines for these top 5 winter birds.

Photo by @birdtherocknl

Big 5 Birds to Spot this Winter
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Cross Country Ski at Pippy Park

Making tracks in freshly fallen snow is one of the most satisfying things about cross country skiing. The other is immersing yourself in the natural beauty that Pippy Park has to offer. Will you choose the gentle groomed trails within the trailer park or the more advanced, twisting trails around Three Pond Barrens?

Winter Fun at Pippy Park
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Take in the Sights

Take in the view at Signal Hill or Cape Spear or immerse yourself in the village vibe and explore Quidi Vidi Village, The Battery, Torbay or Petty Harbour for stunning rural scenery. The colours of Jellybean Row somehow seem to pop a little bit brighter with a dusting of snow, so be sure to put a walk downtown on your list.

Photo by @lostwithlaur

Downtown St. John's
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Slide at Bowring Park

For a child, nothing beats a day of sliding with the family—and Bowring Park will not disappoint. Just bring your sled, toboggan, or saucer and pick your favorite hill. Centrally located in the West End of St. John’s, you won’t have far to go for a cup of hot chocolate to warm up afterwards.

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Hike the East Coast Trail

This network of 25 paths is a true treasure for the east coast of Newfoundland. Offering genuine wilderness hiking that will take you through historic landmarks and inspiring coastal views, you’re sure to enjoy it—even in the winter.

East Coast Trail
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Skate the Loop

Whether with the family or that special someone, gliding around the Loop at Bannerman Park is a must-do winter activity in St. John’s. This outdoor skating rink is located in the center of St. John’s, making it a top see (and skate) experience.

Photo by @windshook

The Loop
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Fat Bike

Snowy trails call for the big guns. Fat biking is becoming more and more popular here in St. John’s and the winter season is no exception. Cycling through your favourite local trails buried in snow offers a whole new perspective on riding. Popular spots to fat bike in St. John’s include Pippy Park and The Virginia River Trail.

Published: December 2, 2020