With all of our travels in and around Twillingate, we’d never hiked the Hospital Pond Trail until today. What a delightful walk! The pond is just behind the Notre Dame Bay Memorial Hospital and the trail starts with two entry gateways welcoming you whichever way you want to begin to walk around the pond.
The 1.3 kilometre trail is rated easy and is quite level and wide all around the pond. It is perfect for walking, running, or rolling strollers. I think it may be possible to wheel a wheelchair around the trail as well (though the trail is gravel so might require a hardy pusher). Three people could easily walk side by side.
There are lots of sights and sounds to be had as you walk around the pond.
There are many memorial benches, trees, scrubs and even a memorial bird house.
All of the wonderful plants and flowers had attracted this visitor to the trail as well.
There are amble stops to stop and enjoy the view. Time is nature is perfect for de-stressing and renewing one’s energy.
I appreciated the trail’s proximity to the hospital knowing how crucial nature is to life quality. Much recent research is showing that green spaces near hospitals are good for patient healing, staff morale, and preventive medicine. I saw several hospital staff taking a post-work stroll and/or power walk.
There is even an unsupervised swimming area with change rooms and washroom.
Many flowers were still in bloom and we loved all the colour and beauty surrounding this walk. It’s super convenient, easy to find, and comes with my recommendation as a Twillingate experience not to be missed.