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
Fall Trail Clean-Up on Sugarloaf Path
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Sugarloaf hikers and Robin Hood Bay are the immediate beneficiaries of yesterday’s 20 hours of labour donated by
ten international youth volunteers with Canada World Youth / Jeunesse Canada Monde.
Approximately 18 large bags of plastic sheeting, styrofoam, plastic bags, and other non-organic packaging . . . [ Read more ]
Be Safe and Be Seen: Wear Blaze Orange while Hiking
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Fall colours provide a special attraction to the Trail as well as a potential danger for hikers.
Hunting is allowed 7 days a week and there is no prohibition from hunting on the Trail.
The province determines the hunting seasons which vary annually by type of game and weapon: see the government . . . [ Read more ]
Annual General Meeting,
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Message from the Chair
Mark your Calendar - Annual General Meeting, October 10th
Please join us for the 2013 East Coast Trail Association - Annual General Meeting (AGM), Thursday evening, October 10th in the EB Foran Room, St. John's City Hall. Arrive 6:30 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. start. . . . [ 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.