With that said, we are going to be doing an entire series of blog posts on motorcycle riding across Canada and, in particular, the areas the Rolling Barrage passes through on our coast to coast ride. Some areas we actually will ride through or visit.

With the Rolling Barrage returning to Newfoundland this coming August 2023, we thought it would be interesting to provide our readers with some general information on motorcycle riding in Newfoundland and the stops that the Rolling Barrage will be making.

Nestled on the easternmost tip of North America, St. John’s, Newfoundland, is a vibrant city with a unique blend of rugged coastal beauty, rich history, and warm hospitality. For motorcycle enthusiasts, St. John’s and its surrounding areas offer an incredible range of scenic routes, charming coastal roads, and cultural experiences. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the wonders of motorcycling in St. John’s, uncovering the experiences that make it a must-visit destination for riders seeking coastal adventures and Newfoundland’s distinct charm.

Cape Spear: Where the Atlantic Meets the Land

Begin your motorcycling journey in St. John’s with a ride to Cape Spear, the easternmost point in North America. Cruise along the scenic Marine Drive, which hugs the rugged coastline and offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Arriving at Cape Spear, explore the historic lighthouse, stand atop the cliffs, and witness the power of the ocean as it crashes against the rocky shores. Take a moment to soak in the serenity and the sense of being at the edge of the continent.

Irish Loop: A Coastal Extravaganza

Embark on the renowned Irish Loop, a scenic drive that encircles the Avalon Peninsula. This 300-kilometer (186-mile) route takes you through picturesque fishing villages, rugged coastlines, and rolling hills. Enjoy the twists and turns as you ride along the coastal roads, with panoramic views of the ocean at every turn. Stop in towns such as Ferryland and Bay Bulls, where you can witness magnificent seabird colonies, visit historic sites, and indulge in delicious seafood cuisine.

Signal Hill: History and Spectacular Views

Ride up to Signal Hill, a historic site that overlooks the city of St. John’s. Ascend the winding road to the iconic Cabot Tower, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the city, the harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about the historical significance of Signal Hill, including its role in Marconi’s first transatlantic wireless signal. Take some time to explore the nearby hiking trails, which offer stunning vistas and a chance to connect with nature.

Quidi Vidi Village: Quaint Charm and Craft Brews

Visit Quidi Vidi Village, a picturesque fishing community located just a short ride from downtown St. John’s. Ride along the scenic Quidi Vidi Lake, where you’ll find charming houses, a small harbor, and the Quidi Vidi Brewery. Stop by the brewery to sample their craft beers, brewed using traditional methods and local ingredients. Explore the village’s narrow streets, visit the historic Quidi Vidi Plantation, and soak in the quaint charm of this hidden gem.

The East Coast Trail: Nature’s Playground

For off-road adventure and stunning coastal scenery, venture onto the East Coast Trail. This extensive trail network stretches along the eastern coastline of Newfoundland, offering a mix of rugged coastal cliffs, hidden coves, and breathtaking landscapes. While some sections of the trail may require hiking, there are accessible portions that can be explored on a motorcycle. Enjoy the thrill of off-road riding, take in the fresh sea air, and discover hidden gems along the way.

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