When most people think of riding in Canada it’s the west coast bike parks like Whistler, the North Shore, and all the typical clichés that one associates with riding MTB in Canada. However as the joke goes, (Google Southpark to find it) “There is only one road in Canada,” and it starts in Newfoundland.
On the extreme east of the country. St John’s is closer to Europe than Vancouver so we made a hop across to see what the trails are like do a personal visit and we were very pleasantly surprised. Lots of thanks go to Chris Jerett from the local bike shop in St John’s who helped set us up with the trails and trip. St John’s turned out to be a hotbed of riding with off shore oil workers looking for ways to enjoy their onshore time, and one of two top pro Canadian DH riders, Matt Beer and Sheldon Smith coming from there, it turned out to be one of the nicest surprise trips we have ever done.
The trails in general have all been hand cut and are designed for trail riding and Enduro. There has been a lot of energy and effort put into creating some great riding conditions. The area is always improving and upgrading it’s trails, including the projected opening in the future of a bike park. It’s always great to discover the stoke is alive and well all over the world of MTB riding and it’s possible to ride anywhere.
Video: Newfoundland, The Alternative Canadian Bike Trip.
St John’s – Oceanside and Flat Rock Trail Photo Story
Of the two trail areas we visited St John’s was closest and our main base, then an 8 hour drive across the Island to Gros Mourne National Park, which is a spectacular place and very un-ridden.
On the Trails – The Story Continues
Gros Mourne National Park
A completely virgin landscape awaits most bikers on the west coast of the island, we rode an pushed up for 2 hours to the top of one of the best views available. We grabbed a few shots and hopefully is the first time the world sees what an amazing place Gros Mourne is for biking.
Gros Mourne Map
Thanks goes out to all those who helped the rides go off and an epic trip. We travelled in October when the season is still open, but a bit wetter than normal. Talk to the guys there to find out when the best time of year to go is, according to your trail condition preferences.