Welcome to the East Coast Trail
Explore 24 wilderness paths along 265 kilometers of coastline
The East Coast Trail offers a genuine wilderness hiking experience. Starting from the historic city of St. John's, you can head north or south over 265 kilometers of developed trail.
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.
Services along the trail
The trail connects over 30 picturesque communities. These communities provide 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. Check out Hiker Services for more details of the services along the Trail.
Support the trail
The East Coast Trail is managed by the East Coast Trail Association. The Association is a member-based, volunteer-supported registered charity. Its mission is to develop, maintain and protect the East Coast Trail. There are no entry fees for the use of the Trail, nor fees for participation in our public hiking program.
Show your support by taking out a fully tax receipted annual or life membership, making a donation, or volunteering your time and expertise.
News & Announcements
Volunteer Trail Maintenace Season Opens
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Thanks to the volunteers who came out Saturday May 9th for the first maintenance outing of 2015. Fourteen volunteers joined three staff for a training session on the standards for vegetation control on the East Coast Trail.
The first part of the day included classroom instruction on standards and . . . [ Read more ]
ECTA Volunteer Awards Night 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Sunday night, two dozen ECTA members celebrated with the 2015 ECTA Volunteer Award winners. The Flamber Head and Tuckamore awards are presented to volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Trail and the Association.
Pat Ryan has been involved with the Trail . . . [ Read more ]
Help Protect NL Crown Lands
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Our Crown Lands are at Risk
Calling All Members to Attend Public Session: Lands Act Needs to Protect the Trail
The Provincial Government is undertaking a review of the Lands Act, a piece of legislation that sets out the rules about Crown land.
Because a substantial portion of the East Coast . . . [ Read more ]