Newfoundland is one of the best places to experience winter in the Maritimes. So, get ready for lots of snowy fun with your family and friends in St. John’s. Dress warmly and head out into the sparkling winter wonderland that is St. John’s.
Go Skating at The Loop
The Loop opens for the season when temperatures are consistently low enough to make and maintain the smooth ice surface. Access to The Loop is on a first come, first serve basis, and there is a limit of 40 people on the ice at once at this time.
15 Bannerman Rd, St. John’s
Go Dashing through the Snow at Lester Farm Chalet
Mike and Molly, the beautiful Percherons, are happy to pull the sleigh through the snow at Lester Farm. You can book a private ride for your family, or join a public ride. After the fun sleigh-ride, you can warm up with hot cocoa and a freshly baked cookie at the chalet. There is also a petting barn to explore.
92 Pearltown Road, St. John’s
Snowshoe the East Coast Trail
Experience the beautiful landscapes of the East Coast trails this winter. Grab your snowshoes or cross-country skies and hit the scenic trails with some friends. Hike past towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks and deep fjords.
Go Sledding at Bowring Park
Bowring Park is often called the best place to go sledding in St. John’s. There are number hills that you can pick from around the park. Like any other park, you should make sure that it is safe to sled before going down the hill.
305 Waterford Bridge Rd, St. John’s
Go sliding at Victoria Park
Enjoy a fun day outdoors when you take the family to the ‘sliding hill’ at Victoria Park. Back in 2017, the city added area lighting to the popular sliding hill, which allows for longer days in the park during the winter.
34 Sudbury St, St. John’s
Go Sledding at Pippy Park
Spend a day in one of Canada’s greatest urban parks sledding with the family. There are a number of hills to pick from around the park. Pippy Park is well-known for being a great spot for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. They also offer rentals if you need some equipment.
70 Nagles Place, St. John’s
White Hills Resort
Head out of the bustling city for a thrilling snow day. Just two hours from St. John’s, White Hills Resort is a popular location for skiing and snowboarding. Ride the ski lifts to the top and zip down the hills. Snowboarders will enjoy freestyling on the terrain park.
100 White Hills Road, Clarenville
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Brew Bus Tour
The craft beer scene is growing quickly in Newfoundland. Taste what Newfoundland has been brewing up on this 6-hour tour. Stops on the tour include the Dildo Brewery Company & Museum, Baccalieu Trail Brewing Co and Newfoundland Distillery Co.
566 Water Street, St. John’s
Terra Nova National Park
The wilderness awaits you at Terra Nova National Park. This popular park is two and half hours from St. John’s but is worth the drive. The park is open for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice fishing. The trails are not groomed, so be prepared when heading out.
Trans-Canada Hwy Glovertown, Traytown
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T’Railway Provincial Park
Stretching almost 900km from St. John’s to Port aux Basques along the main line of the old abandoned Canadian National railway, this is a popular trail for snowmobiling. The trail can also be used for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Mount Pearl Trailway System
Explore the over 60kms of trails that link all the neighbourhoods and parks in Mount Pearl. Grab your cross-country skis or your snowshoes and start exploring some of the longer trails. If you don’t have a lot of time, just put on your warmest boots and go for a leisurely walk on one of the shorter trails!
Quidi Vidi Lake Trail
Watch the local waterfowl and seabirds that call Quidi Vidi Lake their home. The level 3.8km trail loops around the lake and is a great spot to go for a leisurely winter walk.
Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John’s
Take a “Bird⋅The⋅Rock” Tour
You don’t have to be an avid birder to enjoy a tour with owner-operator Jared Clarke because he offers both custom bird and nature tours of ‘the rock’. Jared has extensive knowledge of local birds, nature, culture and history, so he can provide an array of experiences that will help make your tour memorable.
Find hidden treasures and discover the many geocaches located around the city. All you need is a mobile app or a GPS device and a sense of adventure. Explore the fantastic winter wonderland outside your door with this fun activity.
Explore Downtown St. John’s
There’s so much to do in St. John’s, even during the winter months. Go for a leisurely stroll and do some window shopping. When you get tired or cold, stop into a cafe for a hot drink or one of the many restaurants for a scrumptious meal.