Quidi Vidi Gut is located at the east end of St. John’s and offers a great short hike that connects to the East Coast Trail and White Hills, which has some of the most challenging mountain bike trails in the province. There are several interconnecting trails here that can be confusing but it allows you to choose several different loops of varied length and difficulty. My favourite trail is the one that brings you to a small rocky headland on the north side of the gut.
The trail begins at a small parking lot just at the east end of Quidi Vidi Lake, and climbs steadily up through a few small spruce stands and barren rock outcroppings. As you go you will pass by one of many places where the trail converges with the mountain bike trails and the East Coast Trail. It winds up and around the north side of the gut, past several large metal valves, leftovers from the once heavy military presence in this area. After crossing a small bridge the trail breaks out into a barren coastal area with some great views of the gut and of Cape Spear to the southeast. You can explore this area at leisure but be careful not to wander too close to the cliff edge, especially on windy days. It is a long fall to the rocks and waves below. In the summer you can often spot humpback whales feeding along the coast.
On the way back take the leftmost trail, which descends down to sea level and to a great look-off point overlooking the narrow opening of the gut itself. After the look-off point you make your way back to the parking lot, looking down at the village of Cuckolds Cove and the Quidi Vidi brewery.
This is a great area for hiking because you can make it as short/long or easy/hard as you wish thanks to the large number of connecting paths. You can do a quick 3km loop one day and then traverse the 9km trail to Logy Bay the next. The options are endless.
The trail begins at the east end of Quidi Vidi Lake at a small parking lot on the left hand sign just off The Boulevard. You will know you are in the right spot by the two large green holding tanks.
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