Glovertown truly is a paradise for recreation enthusiasts. The community stays active year-round in a number of different ways. The community offers everything from low-impact activities on trails in Glovertown and in Terra Nova National Park to the challenges presented by kayaking the Terra Nova River. Winter is a busy time at our local arena for hockey fans, figure skaters and curlers. The recreation grounds is an access point for the t’railway, an all-season trail that is highly popular in winter.
Recreation is very important to the community, and the Town regularly develops the Recreation Grounds. A number of modern recreation facilities can be found in one centralized location. Ken Diamond Memorial Park, Glovertown Gardens, Glovertown Softball Field, Playground, Multi-purpose Court, Community Garden, Skate Park, Pump Track, Golf Cages, Beach Volleyball Court and Dog Park, which are maintained and operated by the Town of Glovertown.
See below for some of the activities and experiences you can enjoy in Glovertown.
Traversing the waters around Alexander Bay
Boating enthusiasts flock to Glovertown to traverse the waters around Alexander Bay. Boaters can utilize the launches provided by the Town to put their crafts in the water and explore Bloody Bay Reach and the islands around Alexander Bay.
Local boat enthusiasts use the waters around Glovertown as a route to their cottages situated on the coast of the bay. Others use the waters to watch eagles that nest in the area. The boat launches in the community are busy during seasonal recreational food fisheries, with local residents and visitors seeking to fill their quota during these short periods for cod fishing.
Glovertown is home to a local yacht club. These group of boaters have worked diligently to develop a marina in the central area of Glovertown. For more information on the club and the facility, please click here to go to the Marina page.
Casting a Line…
A favourite pastime of many locals and visitors, fishing in the rivers and ponds around Glovertown provides a rewarding experience. Anglers can go after salmon in the Terra Nova River or Maccles Brook. Trout fishers might want to explore the ponds around the old Alexander Bay railway station.
Whether a beginner or experienced paddler, kayakers can find some rewarding runs in the rivers around Glovertown. The Terra Nova River provides day-long adventures and has sections suitable for both learners and advanced kayakers. Paddlers seeking a challenge may like to take on the waterfalls of Maccles Brook. At low water, a more laidback run can take novices upstream from the TCH to check out the cabins that dot the edges of the Terra Nova. Terra Nova National Park is a good place to learn to kayak, with instruction from experienced guides.
Victoria Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off to kayaking season in the area, and groups flock to Glovertown to take in the first kayak trip of the Spring, including an annual kayak symposium. The symposium provides clinics in the Terra Nova River near the Old Mill for beginners, and advanced paddlers take on a number of rivers in the region.
Opened in 2001, Glovertown Gardens was built to replace the outdoor rink that served Glovertown. Glovertown Gardens hosts various sports in the winter. The arena is equipped with a full-size ice surface for hockey and figure skating and provides space for four sheets of curling ice. A newly renovated mezzanine provides canteen service and a comfortable setting to enjoy a hockey game or skating show.
Glovertown Gardens is home to the Glovertown and Area Minor Hockey Association (GAMHA), serving Glovertown and surrounding communities. GAMHA ice teams in all divisions and have strong numbers in their initiation program as well as Female divisions. The Terra Nova Tornadoes, a local figure skating group, also call the Gardens home. The organization administers a CanSkate program to teach the basics of skating, as well as a StarSkate program, which focuses on the fundamentals of figure skating.
Glovertown Gardens is also home to a co-ed Curling Club and an “old-timers” (45+) rec hockey league.
Glovertown Softball Diamond
Located just behind the arena, Glovertown Ball Field is host to Glovertown Recreation’s summer programs, a twice-weekly men’s recreational league and the Glovertown Academy school teams. From the spring of the year until the beginning of the school year, the ball field is usually busy with pick-up games, league play and tournaments. The field also plays host to Alexander Bay Days, the annual Glovertown festival that features artists and performers from Glovertown and area. In 2013, Glovertown Softball Diamond will act as host for a National Softball Championship.
During the winter months Glovertown Academy is the home base for several indoor activities based in the gymnasium. Men’s indoor soccer has been active in Glovertown for over thirty years, and weekly play goes from late September until the Easter Break. Other activities organized at the school include mens basketball and ladies fitness classes.
Summer Recreation Program
Recreation for Kids!
The Town of Glovertown provides summer programming for children aged 5-12 through a Summer Recreation Day Program, and a Recreational Soccer and Softball Program.
Tuesday or Thursday Evenings
Summer Recreation Day Camp
7 week program July & August
Monday – Friday 9:00-4:00 (supervised lunches)
$50 for the week
Ages 5-12 (or entering kindergarden)
Sunday and Wednesday Evenings
Festivals & Events
Alexander Bay Days
Every summer Glovertown hosts the Alexander Bay Days Festival to coincide with our civic holiday Glovertown Day, which follows the Festival. Beginning on Friday, our family-friendly festival supports local entertainers by putting off an evening concert on the softball diamond with several different acts. Fun games and activities for all ages are held on Saturday, finishing with a night concert on the Ball field. Sunday features a Gospel Concert and seniors activities.
Easter Eggstravaganza, a perfect way to shake off the cold and spring into the season! FREE Community Event, Easter egg hunt for ages (0-12 years) at the Recreation Grounds. Even a visit from the Easter Bunny, free BBQ for all kids and parents.
Canada Day Celebrations
The annual Canada Day celebrations is a event taken place at our beautiful Marina in the center of Glovertown. A Free community event, with live music, BBQ and Fireworks.
The Glovertown Community Garden Project started in Summer 2014. Through funding procured through the Seniors Community Recreation Grant and the Recreation NL Inclusion pilot site Program, the Town of Glovertown was able to start a garden with seventeen garden plots maintained by members of the community.
The Community Garden have grown substantially since its conception in 2014. We now have 48 plots with others interested in participating.