Bowring Park, St. John's, Newfoundland, offers appeal to all ages. It has a beautiful walking trail, children's play areas, swimming pool, war memorials, labyrinth, amiptheater, and so much more. One of the family fun attractions is a visit to one of two duck ponds which always seems to have a vast array of ducks and other water loving birds eager to receive a treat from people who visit the pond.
Bowring Park Veteran Memorials
The Caribou Monument, Beaumont Hamel Plaque, and The Fallen Newfoundlander Statue are three memorials on display at Bowring Park in St. John's. Each of these commemorative monuments pay tribute to the sacrifices of WW1 servicemen. The Caribou Monument is privately located in a forest clearing next to a small waterfall and is one of the statues in the trail of the Caribou. The Beaumont Hamel plaque, an exact replica of a plaque in France, is found just feet beyond the Caribou statue and displays the names of fallen servicemen whose final resting place was not known. The Fighting Newfoundlander statue is found in a clearing on the other side of the main footpath and pays tribute to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the human sacrifices of "the Blue Puttees" during the Battle of the Somme (Battle of Beaumont Hamel) in France.
Bowring Park's Nature Walk and Popular Exhibits
As you walk the nature trail around Bowring Park, you will encounter different exhibits of public interest including a horse trough, the Bowring Park bell, the Peter Pan statue, the labyrinth, the Cabot 500 ampitheatre, the Connaught stone, the Canterelle bridge, and the Bowring Park greenhouse. Follow the Bowring Park map to ensure you get to see all areas of interest.
See the horse watering trough, originally located on Water Street, that was used to provide water for work horses during the nineteenth century. As work horses became less common, the trough was relocated and placed on display at Bowring Park.
The Bowring Park Bell
The Bowring Park bell was originally used to let visitors know that the park was closing for the evening. It now sits on display in a forest clearing nearby the greenhouse.
The Peter Pan Statue
The Peter Pan statue at one of the duck ponds in Bowring Park is a popular attraction for families visiting the park. Few know that the statue is a memorial for a young girl, Betty Munn, a granddaughter of one of the landowners who had gifted the park to the city of St. John's. Betty died in the shipwreck of the SS Florizel in Cappahayden, NL, in 1918.
Bowring Park Sundial
Bowring Park Labyrinth
Take a walk through the labyrinth, contemplating your blessings and challenges in life as you maneuver its winding path. The labyrinth was constructed at Bowring Park in the fall of '21 to support mental health.
The Cabot 500 Ampitheatre
The Cabot 500 Ampitheatre, opened in the year 2000, is a venue that hosts outdoor public performances at Bowring Park.
The Connaught Stone
The Connaught stone marks the site where the Linden Tree was planted by Duke Connaught in 1914 to celebrate the opening of Bowring Park (35 years before Confederation). The tree was destroyed by Hurricane Igor in 2010 and, in its place, the Connaught Stone was placed. A bronze plaque resting atop the stone displays the royal stamp of Duke Connaught.
The Canterelle Bridge
The Canterelle Bridge in Bowring Park is designated a historic bridge because of its beauty and historic value.
Bowring Park Greenhouse / Conservatory
Bowring Park Duckpond
The concrete well, that looks somewhat similar to the fireplace in Hansel and Gretyl, was once owned by a Newfoundland politician.
Birdwatching at Bowring Park
The duck pond is a great place to see, and feed, the ducks at Bowring Park. It is a popular gathering place for families as the children take great pride in interacting with the many different species of ducks. In addition to ducks, the duck pond and surrounding grounds, are home to two swans, hundreds of pigeons, double crested cormorants, and many species of songbirds.
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