One of Canada’s best hiking trails bears a striking similarity to those commonly found in Ireland, and it’s an experience worth putting on your bucket list.
The North Head Trail is a 1.7-kilometre hike in the towering hills of St. John’s, Newfoundland. It’s the oldest trail in the historic Signal Hill region, and also one of the most challenging in the country. People from all over the world make the trip to Signal Hill to take part in the one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience, with as many as 35,000 hikers using the trail every year.
The trail’s environment resembles that of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, which is characterized by colossal cliffs, stunning ocean vistas and a surplus of greenery all around. Hikers will come across narrow paths, steep drops, stone staircases and winding boardwalks, so it does take a bit of physicality to conquer, but it’s well worth the effort.
One section of the trail called Ross’ Valley is a special “hanging valley” landform that was formed by a glacier during the last ice age. Here, hikers are treated to beautiful gardens which complement that gorgeous views between the Summit and North Head. In the summer months, sightings of whales, icebergs and seabirds may also be possible in the nearby waters.
Plan your trip to Signal Hill today! For more information, visit the Parks Canada website.