Stephenville is surrounded by the ocean, lakes, rivers, forests and mountains that exemplify the best of the Newfoundland outdoors. The climate is conducive of a lifestyle that includes outdoor activities.
The 1.2 billion-year-old Long Range Mountains are on the north, east and south. The highest geographic point on the island of Newfoundland, Cabox in the Lewis Hills, is within hiking distance. The Indian Head Range, with Trapper Joe’s Lookout, Joey’s Lookout, Jeannette, Indian Head and the Mine Pond Hiking Trail are all within a few minutes of downtown Stephenville.
Harry’s River, Fox Island River, Southwest Brook and Barachois Brook flow out of the mountains near Stephenville. All offer excellent kayaking, canoeing and salmon fishing.
The many coves and inlets around the perimeter of Bay St. George and the Port au Port Peninsula have much to offer. The towering cliffs, numerous pebble beaches and sandy coves are a paradise for beachcombers, bird watchers and rock hounds. The seascapes are magnificent.
The forests, hilltops, valleys, bog lands and mountain ridges abound with wildlife: moose, caribou, black bears, foxes, beaver, otter, mink, arctic hare and numerous varieties of birds.
Hundreds of kilometers of forest access roads and almost endless expanses of open wilderness surrounding Stephenville offer endless opportunities for mountain bikers, snowmobiling and ATV enthusiasts. The backcountry of the Lewis Hills is Newfoundland’s best kept secret. The untouched slopes are a telemark skier’s paradise!
Walk-A-Ways Park and Trails Network
Walk-A-Ways Trail Network is composed of 14.5km of gravel and sidewalk trails throughout Stephenville. There are 6 trails that make up this Trail Network. A main trail sign occurs at the entrance to the We Care Nature Trail at the Kindale Public Library. The trails are interconnected with directional markers and trail-head signage at the entrance to each trail. Trails are easy to moderate, compacted and dry and normal footware is suitable. Designed to promote the safety and enjoyment of walkers.
Walk-A-Ways Trail Map (495kb)
Whaleback Nordic Ski Park has over 40 kilometers of trails, with 2 kilometers lighted for night skiing.
The Stephenville Dome, constructed for the 99 Canada Winter Games’ short track speed skating, offers hockey, figure skating and recreational skating.
The Caribou Curling Club, Pieroway Baseball Park, Harmon Golf Club, and The West Coast Training Center with its facilities for judo, karate, squash, badminton, basketball, volleyball, weight lifting and tennis provide year-round activities for the active lifestyle.
The Regional Aquatic Centre, a multi-use family facility located at 20 Tennessee Drive, contains a 6-lane competitive leisure pool, a junior pool, a tots pool, and a whirlpool. For pool schedule, contact (709) 643-6688; for additional information, contact (709) 643-6689.
Arts and Culture
A jewel in Stephenville’s cultural crown, The Stephenville Theatre Festival, produces professional theatre every summer season and is committed to an involvement in cultural activities throughout the year.
Bay Theatre, a high calibre amateur theatre group and winners of numerous provincial awards, entertains with several productions each year.
Secondary schools, led by talented dedicated staff, and artists and producers from the local arts community, have active and high quality fine arts, music and theatre as an integral part of the curricular and extracurricular programs.
Mammoth visual artworks, depicting scenes from Stephenville’s past, adorn several buildings in prominent places throughout the town. They were produced by students of the Faculty of Fine Arts, College of the North Atlantic, under the direction of artist-instructors.
Fine arts and crafts created by Newfoundland artists and artisans can be purchased at craft shops and studios. Exhibitions of fine art are regularly on display at the Arts and Culture Center, Stephenville.
- Government of Newfoundland and Labrador: Tourism http://www.gov.nf.ca/tourism
- Dhoon Lodge Hunting & Fishing
- Dreamcatcher Lodge
- Whaleback Nordic Ski Club, over 40k of national class groomed ski trails: http://http://www.whalebacknordic.ca/
Arts & Theatre
Camping / Parks
- Zenzville RV Camping Park: http://www3.nf.sympatico.ca/zenzville