Grand Concourse marks trails around St. John’s

The Grand Concourse, a 125-kilometre walkway network in St. John’s andneighbouring commun­ities, is marking its 20th anniversary with a newsite

The Grand Concourse, a 125-kilometre walkway network in St. John’s and neighbouring commun­ities, is marking its 20th anniversary with a new site, grandconcourse.ca, that provides detailed information on numerous walks.

Users can specify which types of outings they’re interested in — categories include nature, fitness, history and “for the view” — and then get maps, descriptions and photos.

Battery to Signal Hill, for example, is an attractive walk linking Signal Hill with downtown. At just over half a kilometre long, it’s a 15-minute stroll or a 10-minute “brisk walk.”

“One section is rugged but offers spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape.”
The three-kilometre Southbrook Trail, along Southbrook Valley, provides scenic views and serenity in the heart of St. John’s and is “one of those walks that make you forget that you are in Newfoundland’s busiest and largest city.”

The Grand Concourse links a series of rivers, lakes and ponds, as well as parks and green spaces in St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Paradise. It was completed in 2005, but new walkways are being planned.

“The development of the Grand Concourse started with the recognition that the waterways within the limits of St. John’s provided the opportunity to develop a unique and scenic walkway network,” said Paul Johnson, chairman of the non-profit Grand Concourse Authority.

“I am proud to say that two decades later we have a walkway system that has received international recognition, but more importantly it is promoting a healthy lifestyle for our residents.”

More details

• For more information on the Grand Concourse, visit www.grandconcourse.ca.

 
 
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