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
We're Hiring! Seeking Student Applications for Summer Positions
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
We're now accepting applications from students for two uniquely supportive summer roles, both based from the East Coast Trail Association's offices in St. John's:
Summer Office and Outreach Assistant
In this role you can provide varied support to the trail Association and hikers in our busiest . . . [ Read more ]
Torbay issues 2016 Tely Hike Challenge to Regional Mayors
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
May 3, 2016
(Torbay, NL) – On Saturday June 4th at the Kavanagh Premises, in Ferryland, NL, the 16th Annual East Coast Trail Tely Hike will begin with hiker’s registration at 8:30am. The Town of Torbay is home to two beautiful trails making up the East Coast Trail – the Silver Mine Head Path and Father . . . [ Read more ]
Annual Volunteer Custodian Training draws Interest
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Ten new custodians turned out for an introduction to the custodian program led by Linda Cohen, chief custodian.
Following an overview of the custodian’s duties – to hike the assigned path and prepare a brief prioritized report on the condition of the trail – the group proceeded from the Cobblers . . . [ Read more ]