With so many amazing hiking opportunities in and around St. John’s, it can be difficult to know where to start! Pack your hiking boots, and maybe a hat, and get ready for some epic views along this list of top trails to hit this weekend.

Butter Pot Provincial Park

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Located just half an hour outside of St. John’s, Butter Pot Provincial Park is a great spot for a family stroll. The beach may be the main attraction, but the trail system throughout is also incredible. The park covers an area of 2833 hectares of varied terrain including forests, bogs, heaths, and ponds that can lead you to a remarkable scenic view-point, also know as the “Butter Pot”.

Pippy Park - Three Pond Barrens

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Did you know that Pippy Park is one of Canada’s largest urban parks? It’s actually three times the size of Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park—meaning that there are a lot of trails to discover! A local favourite is Three Pond Barrens. Upon entering, off the very end of Allandale Road, you will see a trail guide posted to explore but some of the best trails are off the beaten path, like this hidden gem that will also take you to a great swimming hole.

Brigus & Cupids - Spectacle Head Trail

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If you are ready for a climb, look no further than the Spectacle Head Trail in Cupids. This hike may be short (2.5 km) but it is not for the faint at heart. The steep incline up rocky terrain is challenging, but the view from the top is well worth it! The unique rock cairns at the peak also make for a cool cherry on top of this moderate climb.

Flatrock - Stiles Cove Path

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Wanting an all day hike? Look no further than the Stiles Cove Path. This 15 km hike is part of the East Coast Trail. It starts off in the quaint town of Pouch Cove and will take you past wondrous ocean views to a headland that is the perfect place to rest and picnic before continuing on to Flat Rock.

Cobblers Path

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This hike from Red Cliff to Outer Cove is popular for a reason. If not for the insta-worthy stairs, it’s also a great spot for whale watching in the summer. Rated moderate by the East Coast Trail, Cobblers Path is an almost 5 km hike that offers gorgeous forest and coastal views that will make you want to stop and snap your fair share of photos.

Published: April 29, 2024