NEWFOUNDLAND is know for it's rugged shores, hearty stories and unique personalities. There is so much to offer, including local parks that are the pride of their communities. Here are some of the more popular parks in St. John's - Metro area that you can add to your things to do list when you visit.

Bannerman Park

Bannerman Park - Military Road, St. John's

One of the largest parks in metro, Bannerman Park is for people of all ages and ability. It offers tournaments and festivals, a winter ice skating loop, playground for the kids, and a swimming pool. Local residents flock to Bannerman Park during summer months, and generally year round to take advantage of all it has to offer.  The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival takes place each summer in the park, this year the festival runs from July 8-10th. The park is on a bus route and is centrally located in St. John's.

The park is surrounded by Rennie's Mill Road, Circular Road, Bannerman Road and Military Road. Google Map of Bannerman Park. In 2010, the Bannerman Park Foundation was formed to implement the Bannerman Park Master Plan. The City and the Foundation celebrated the completion of this effort at the Grand Re-Opening during St. John's Days, 2015.

Bowring Park

Located within 4.8 km (3 miles) of downtown St. John's, Bowring Park was officially opened on July 15, 1914 and today is over 200 acres. There is lots to do at the park, which includes such amenities as a ball field, Cabot 500 Theatre, canteen facilities, dog park, duck pond, fully accessible playground with splash pad, and an outdoor swimming pool just to name a few. Read about the history of Bowring Park and get there easily with this Google Map of Bowring Park . You will also find a soccer pitch and tennis courts, as well as the many trails along the Waterford River for folks who enjoy being active. 

Bowring Park

Rotary 'Sunshine' Park

Located off Thorburn Road in St. John's you will find the Rotary 'Sunshine' Park. With it's sandy swimming/beach area, the park offers many amenities for programming, meetings and social functions. The Rotary 'Sunshine' Park Chalet can sleep 24 people and includes a full kitchen with dishwasher, propane fireplace, outdoor barbecue and large patio deck. The chalet is located in a tranquil setting with outdoor fields and an unsupervised swimming/beach area. Dense tree cover, very natural environment make this a great park to relax on those warm sunny days.

Pippy Park

Pippy Park

Located at the northern boundary of St. John's, Pippy Park is one of Canada’s great urban parks. You will find spectacular views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean, delight in the tranquility of this park-like setting that offers year-round recreational opportunities.  

Things to do at Pippy Park include camping, golfing, rental facilities. During winter months, you'll find people snowshoeing, skiing and sledding on the trails and hills of the park.

Find a map of the campground here

Find a map of the golf course here

You will also find helpful these maps of the Pippy Park Ski Trails along with this walker's map

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is in the west end of St. John's and has been open since 1890. The park occupies the same 6.5 acres of land as it did when it initially opened. Bordering on Water Street, Victoria Park is walking distance to downtown St. John's and all the shopping, amenities and nightlife the city has to offer. 

The Park is surrounded by a mix of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional uses, characteristic of this older neighbourhood. You will be delighted to find the park has amenities to suit the whole family - including a ballfield, dog park, playground, walking trails and a sliding hill in addition to open spaces.

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