Things To Do

Things To Do

Surrounded by coastline, spectacular views, and an abundance of walking trails, Conception Bay South is a nature lover’s paradise. It’s also a worldclass geology and archaeology destination.

Visitors can also enjoy scenic day parks, green spaces, beaches, and recreational facilities, as well as public boat launches for recreational boaters to get out on the water and take in some of those epic views.

Explore Conception Bay South:

  • 2 marinas + public boat launches
  • 1 Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club
  • 50 playgrounds/ leisure spaces
  • 650 million years of geological history at Manuels River
  • 6 annual can’t-miss festivals and events
  • 20 kms of grand concourse authority trails

Topsail Beach

Topsail Beach features an extensive picnic area, playground, gazebo, and an amphitheatre. Stop by for a campfire, take a quick dip (unsupervised public swimming), or just enjoy the amazing view of our spectacular sunsets. This is a popular spot for whale watching, as well for those looking for a panoramic view of Conception Bay and its three largest islands (Bell Island, Little Bell Island, and Kelly’s Island). Topsail Beach is accessed via Topsail Beach Road, off Topsail Road.

East Coast Trail

For nature lovers, Conception Bay South offers the perfect backdrop for hiking. It’s where you’ll find the starting point of the world-renowned East Coast Trail – a network of more than 300 km of developed coastline trails – and the trailhead starts at Topsail Beach.

You can also hike to Topsail Bluff from this access point to take in the iconic, breathtaking view of Conception Bay.

Trek the T’Railway

Enjoy a walk or bike ride along a portion of the Trans-Canada Trail and get a spectacular view of the ocean and shoreline.

The T’Railway is a non-motorized trail that traces the old Newfoundland Railway railbed. It passes through forested areas and over the stunning Manuels River valley, before making its way to the shoreline. Along the coast, icebergs, whales, and sea birds are often seen. Approximately 14 km has been completed, from Spruce Hill Road in the east to Doyles Road in the west, where it will eventually continue an additional 4 km to Indian Pond at the Town’s western boundary. The T’Railway allows hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and many other activities for a healthy lifestyle. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors any time of the year.

The developed portion of the T’Railway is maintained year-round, so there is always an opportunity for adventure on the trail. No matter the season, you can get out and enjoy the T’Railway! The T’Railway is completely accessible for users of all ages and mobility levels, boasting the same width and grade of the original railbed, which makes it ideal for all levels of fitness. People may access the trail from designated parking areas, and also from any number of informal access points along the route. T’Railway courtesies signage along the trail highlight parking areas, garbage receptacles, as well as general rules and considerations for trail users.

For more information about the T’Railway, please contact the Economic Development and Tourism Department at 709-834-6500 ext. 701 or email ecdev@conceptionbaysouth.ca.

 

Experience Manuels River

Manuels River is an internationally known site for fossilized trilobites that are millions of years old and found in the shale beds along the lower section of the river. The Manuels River Experience preserves and interprets the natural, cultural, and geological history of Manuels River through educational, recreational, and conservation programs.

Take a Drive

Conception Bay South hugs the coastline for 26 kilometers. The downtown core has many great places to stop for food, ice cream,  coffee, and locally owned places to shop. We recommend stopping at Topsail Beach Rotary Park for a picnic, a campfire, unsupervised public swimming, a great playground for kids, and amazing views of our spectacular sunsets. This is a popular spot for whale watchers.

Take a Boat Tour or Adventure Under the Ocean

Have you ever been close enough to feel the spray of a whale or to reach out off a boat and touch an iceberg? Local tour operators provide a variety of tour options for sightseeing, whale watching, and ocean activities such as kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling. For more information please visit Ocean Quest and Perrin’s Marine Adventures. 

Chamberlains Park

With many accessible walking trails, Chamberlains Park is a beautiful park for people of all ages and abilities, especially families, seniors, and the mobility challenged. The park can accommodates many different interest groups and provides a place for schools and local daycares to take nature walks. Chamberlains Park may be accessed directly off Topsail Road or via Chaytors Road.

 

 

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