Welcome to the East Coast Trail
The East Coast Trail is a coastal hiking experience that takes you to the outermost reaches of North America. This wilderness hiking trail provides hikers with a special blend of wilderness adventure, outstanding natural beauty, wildlife, history, and cultural contact.
Truly spectacular features on each path
The paths of the East Coast Trail take you past towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks, deep fjords, and a natural wave-driven geyser called the Spout. It provides access to abandoned settlements, lighthouses, ecological reserves, seabird colonies, whales, icebergs, world's southern most caribou herd, historic sites, a 50-metre suspension bridge, two active archaeological dig sites, and many more attractions. It offers a wilderness paradise of boreal forest, fresh clean air and quiet solitude, all combined with the raw natural beauty of the rugged Atlantic Ocean.
The Trail links together 32 historic communities. These communities provide services, such as accommodations, dining, transportation and entertainment. Our advertisers live and work in these communities and are available to help you plan your trip, provide the services you require, or supply the information you need. Please select from the following categories to find the services you need along the Trail:
The East Coast Trail Association
The East Coast Trail is being developed and maintained by the 'award winning' East Coast Trail Association. The Association is a member driven, volunteer based, registered charity formed in 1994 with the mission to develop, maintain and operate the East Coast Trail. We do not charge entry fees for the use of the Trail, nor do we charge fees for participation in our public hiking program. If you like what we are doing, and you wish to help protect and preserve this treasured resource, you can show your support by taking out a fully tax receipted annual or life membership, making a financial donation, volunteering your time and expertise, or any combination of the above.
News & Announcements
Trail Enhancement and Maintenance, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The ECTA crew will wrap up the trail work this week: the 2014 season has been longer than usual, thanks to mild weather and clear ground conditions. A total of 18 of our developed paths received some enhancement, maintenance, or both.
In our third year of Trail Enhancement, Caplin Bay Path had . . . [ Read more ]
ECTA and Town of Torbay sign Agreement
Monday, November 10, 2014
The Town of Torbay is pleased to be the first town to sign an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the East Coast Trail Association, said Torbay Mayor Ralph Tapper. "The trail that runs through our town is a wonderful recreational asset for residents and draws hundreds of visitors to . . . [ Read more ]
Temporary Office Hours
Monday, November 3, 2014
Temporary Office Hours
While ECTA is recruiting for a new office staff position - the office will be operating with reduced hours.
From October 27 - until further notice, the ECTA office on Pippy Place will be supported by a volunteer and open from 12-2 Monday through Friday.
If you plan . . . [ Read more ]
Leave no trace
Enjoy the Trail, leave no trace, build no fires, and respect the raw natural beauty of the East Coast Trail landscape, and help to keep it free, open and available to all.