Friday, November 06, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Neighbourhood Profiles Series: Pippy Park

Skiing in Pippy Park

The neighbourhood of Pippy Park is dominated by the beautiful park itself.

Pippy Park  is one of Canada‘s largest urban parks, is a 3,400 acre (1,376 hectare) land reserve, and a nature conservation and recreation area within minutes of the downtown core.

In the 1960s, Premier Joey Smallwood envisioned a "Great Park", with a park-like setting for the newly constructed provincial legislature now known as the Confederation Building, as well as the new site of the growing Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). This was the beginning of Pippy Park as we now know it.

The Park developed in phases. First, 400 acres surrounding the Confederation Building and the College of Trades were established and known as ‘Confederation Park.’ It was a monumental task involving transforming gravel wastelands into a naturalized setting.

Sharing the vision of a great park, St. John’s entrepreneur Chesley A. Pippy made a significant donation of money to acquire land up as far as the Windsor Lake watershed. In recognition of his pledge, legislation was passed and in 1968, The C.A. Pippy Park was officially established.

Today, much more of the Park is left in its original state than was first envisaged. This means more forest and wild grassland remains relatively undisturbed creating a wilderness oasis in the heart of the capital city.

Pippy Park has lots of space for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors and recreational activities of all sorts. From skiing and snowshoeing in winter, to swimming and canoeing in summer, and a walk in all seasons, Pippy Park is a beautiful place to enjoy time in nature.

Pippy Park also contains a range of recreational facilities including two golf courses, the province‘s largest serviced campground, walking and skiing trails as well as protected habitat for many plants and animals, including the Memorial University Botanical Gardens.

During the winter months, the City of St. John's operates a rental shop for outdoor equipment suitable for all ages at the North Bank Lodge in Pippy Park. Accessible ski options include a sit ski available at North Bank Lodge. In addition, a snowcoach and hippocampe all terrain wheelchair with ski attachments may be reserved by emailing Days of operation are weather dependent and based on snow cover. Call the Info Line at 737-3651 to check updated facility operations.

Get to Know Your Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood Services team invites you to join an Information Session on the new City of St. John's Neighbourhood Profiles. Join us for short demonstrations on how to use map features, learn interesting facts, and even discover some neighbourhood history that may surprise you. Let's chat about how these neighbourhood profiles can entertain, educate, and inform you about your own neighbourhood and others around the city.  

Register for one of two sessions:

Online meetings will be conducted using Microsoft Teams. You can download Teams to your laptop, PC, tablet or phone or simply join the meeting from a link once your registration is confirmed. Teams uses video/chat.