Walking is one of the simplest ways to get in some exercise while also getting out and enjoying nature. It doesn’t require a lot of experience or preparation and it is easy to do with friends. This article is about my favorite walking trails in YYT (not hiking trails, because that list would look very very different!). I know there is much more St. John’s has to offer, so I would love to hear about your go-to trail!
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Quidi Vidi Walking Trail
Put your runners on! The flat, easy terrain of Quidi Vidi makes it the perfect place for a gentle run, jog, or walk. If you’re up for a bit more of a challenge, branch off onto Cuckold’s Cove Trail for more of a hike and some great coastal views.
Oxen Pond to Long Pond Path
To be honest, I am not even sure if this is the right name for this trail. The way I walk it leaves from Oxen Pond Road, which is now renamed O’Brien Farm Road, just off Mount Scio Road. It winds through the woods, onto a high peak that overlooks the majority of St. John’s (a beautiful view!!) and down to Long Pond, which is near Memorial University. I love this trail because you would never even know you’re in the city!
This trail will give you quite the workout. It is all downhill in one direction, and then all uphill in the other. Your legs will be so sore, but it will feel so good! Make sure to take breaks and bring lots of water.
Another great location for a leisurely walk with friends. Get in some fitness while hanging out, chatting, and doing what Bowring Park is known for, feeding the ducks. Pack a healthy snack and stop halfway for a picnic! One of the great things about Bowring Park is that most of the trails are paved, so it is very accessible. Located off Waterford Bridge Road.
Kent’s Pond Walk
I probably walk this one the most because it is the shortest and closest to my house. If I am just in the mood for fresh air or short on time I will walk around once, if I am up for a more intense workout I will jog or walk around a couple times.
Located just off Portugal Cove Road and Prince Phillip Drive, this trail is pretty accessible to anybody in the city.
Which walking trails in St. John’s are your favorite? I am always up for going somewhere new, and I know St. John’s has a lot to offer! Let us know in the comments below or on social media, @twowildtides! We love hearing from our readers.