Stephenville is surrounded by the ocean, lakes, rivers, forests and mountains that exemplify the best of the Newfoundland outdoors. The climate is conducive of a lifestyle that includes outdoor activities. The 1.2 billion-year-old Long Range Mountains are on the north, east and south. The highest geographic point on the island of Newfoundland, Cabox in the Lewis Hills, is within hiking distance. The Indian Head Range, with Trapper Joe's Lookout, Joey's Lookout, Jeannette, Indian Head and the Mine Pond Hiking Trail are all within a few minutes of downtown Stephenville.
Harry's River, Fox Island River, Southwest Brook and Barachois Brook flow out of the mountains near Stephenville. All offer excellent kayaking, canoeing and salmon fishing.
The many coves and inlets around the perimeter of Bay St. George and the Port au Port Peninsula have much to offer. The towering cliffs, numerous pebble beaches and sandy coves are a paradise for beachcombers, bird watchers and rock hounds. The seascapes are magnificent.
The forests, hilltops, valleys, bog lands and mountain ridges abound with wildlife: moose, caribou, black bears, foxes, beaver, otter, mink, arctic hare and numerous varieties of birds.
Hundreds of kilometers of forest access roads and almost endless expanses of open wilderness surrounding Stephenville offer endless opportunities for mountain bikers, snowmobiling and ATV enthusiasts. The backcountry of the Lewis Hills is Newfoundland's best kept secret. The untouched slopes are a telemark skier's paradise!