Things to Do in Newfoundland’s Capital City in Winter

Feb 15, 2010 Ann Miller
There are Many Winter Activities in St. John’s, NL – istockphoto

There are Many Winter Activities in St. John’s, NL – istockphoto

Winter fun in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada includes sports, recreation and entertainment.

There are a number of winter activities available to both visitors and residents of Canada’s oldest city. Cross-country skiing at a public park, skating at a local rink and attending a comedy festival are just a few of the ways to beat the winter blues in St. John’s.

Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and Sledding in Pippy Park

Pippy Park, a popular spot for all-year-round recreation in St. John’s, has several facilities for winter fun. Don a pair of cross-country skis and enjoy the fresh scent of fir trees on one of the park’s ski trails. Bear Mountain Trail and Eagle’s Perch, both groomed trails, are good choices for the novice skier. Three Pond Barrens, a series of ungroomed trails that are steep and narrow in places, are suitable for the more experienced skier.

Pippy Park also offers:

Introductory cross-country skiing lessons, which are offered on weekends at the Pippy Park Activity Centre during the winter season.
Snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals, which are available at the Winter Activity Centre.
Steep hills that are perfect for sledding or tobogganing.

Downhill Skiing at Sugarloaf Hill

Sugarloaf Hill, operated by the St. John’s Ski Club, is located just outside the city in the community of Logy Bay. This downhill ski facility has three ski lifts and five runs with two main slopes. Seasonal memberships, including those for students and families, are available for the ski season.

Winter Laff Comedy Festival

Taking in a comedy festival is a great way to get rid of the winter blues. During the month of March, comedians Pete “Snook” Soucy, Dylan Rhymer and Trent McClellan will be making Newfoundland audiences laugh during their 2010 Winter Laff tour. The tour will hit Corner Brook on March 4, Carbonear on March 5 and The Battery Hotel in St. John’s on March 6. Tickets cost $25, tax included.

Skating at Mile One Centre

Skating is a favourite recreational winter activity in Newfoundland. Mile One Centre, the largest indoor rink in St. John’s, offers public skating during the fall and winter. Skating sessions include adult skating, parent and tot skating (for children age six and under), senior skating and family skating.

The arena offers birthday party packages, which include private ice time.

Outdoor skating is also a fun activity, if temperatures have been cold enough to create a safe skating surface. Mundy Pond, Long Pond and Kent’s Pond are a few of the most popular outdoor skating spots in St. John’s. Take precautions before venturing onto any frozen surface. The Canadian Red Cross offers tips on ice safety.

St. John’s Hockey Leagues

Hockey is a popular winter sport in Newfoundland, and is played on both a recreational and competitive basis. St. John’s offers hockey leagues for men, women and children. These include:

St. John’s Minor Hockey Association, a program aimed at developing the hockey skills of young players.
Avalon East Senior Hockey League, a competitive league for adult men in St. John’s and surrounding areas.
Eastern Edge Women’s Recreational Hockey League, a non-contact league for adult women in St. John’s.

Events at the St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre

During the winter, a number of concerts, performances and events are scheduled at the St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre. These include:

The world premiere of Monarita, a stage play written by Toronto-based poet Shannon Bramer.
The Kiwanis Music Festival, a series of performances by young musicians.
The ballet Mermaids of Avalon, a production of Kittiwake Dance Theatre.
The Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant.

From outdoor activities to indoor entertainment, there are many things to do in St. John’s, Newfoundland during the winter months.


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