That moment when you wake up from a Christmas turkey coma. You've stuffed your face with Lindor chocolate, nan's snowballs and egg nog. You've become a professional couch potato. But it's time to burn off that pack of Toffifee and get back into the swing of things.
Bundle up in those new mitts and thermal skivvies, it's time to hit the trails! St. John's has an array of trails to check out this winter.
1. Bowring Park
Every year Bowring Park is dressed to the nines! The multicolour glow from the string of lights is magical. If you're looking for a short but beautiful walk this one is perfect!
2. Pippy Park
A fantastic place to work those legs! Walking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing the choice is yours! Roughly about an hour in total this walk won't be disappointing. Just make sure you keep an eye out for moose on the loose!
3. Three Pond Barrens
A popular spot for dog lovers to bring their little ones! A much longer trail through the woods located off Allandale Rd. This is a hot spot for moose, chipmunks, hares, foxes and other wildlife! An amazing trail all year round.
4. Quidi Vidi Lake
An hour walk around the pond is all you need sometimes. Located near Quidi Vidi Village, the lake is home to the Regatta in the summer and die hard runners in the winter. You'll see the ducks, swans and dogs at the dog park during this trail!
5. Sugarloaf Path
Sugarloaf path is more of a hike than a walk. However, there are spots where you can do part of the trail. Behind the DFO building gives you access to part of the Sugarloaf trail. It takes roughly an hour or two to complete but well worth it when you reach the Atlantic ocean!
6. Bannerman Park
Well known for the Loop in the winter, but also very beautiful to take a stroll at night. Bannerman Park is also decorated with lights during the winter. The park is a few kilometres long — just enough to get out for a brisk walk!
7. Kents Pond
This trail is short and sweet as it wraps around Kents Pond. The trail has various entrances, one of the more popular being off of Dublin Road. Prime location to break in those new runners!
8. Mundy Pond
For those winter runners out there Mundy Pond is a runners dream. Just under 2km it's an excellent way to stay in shape this winter. With a local parking lot near by it's perfect to get out for a morning run.
9. Signal Hill
Lots to see when walking Signal Hill, taking in the beauty of downtown St. John's. This trail may leave your legs burning the day after but well worth it! Park your car at the information centre and away you go!
10. Fort Amherst
A treasure over looking downtown St. John's. Located along the harbour side this walk leads to an old lighthouse. Constructed in the 1700's it's a rewarding sight to see after walking along the coast line.
11. Long Pond
A perfect way to get you warmed up for your New Years resolution — be more active. It takes less than an hour to walk this beautiful trail. Sheltered by trees and runs behind Memorial University and passes by the Fluvarium. This trail is one of the longer ones but a must this winter!
12. Mt. Scio
Take in the view of the city from Mt. Scio trail. A trail that is hidden away off of Mt. Scio road. Along this trail you may see moose, friendly pooches and hares. When you reach the top is the best part, as the view of the city is amazing!