Welcome to the East Coast Trail
Explore 26 wilderness paths along 300 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 300 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
The Northeast Avalon Regional Planning Process - Show your Support
Friday, February 24, 2017
If you love our coastline and the East Coast Trail, the opportunity to protect and preserve our coastal heritage is coming your way, through the Northeast Avalon regional planning process (NEAR). A series of public visioning meetings are planned, with two taking place next week. The NEAR region includes . . . [ Read more ]
Request for Proposals: Business Development Strategy, Marketing and Communications
Monday, February 20, 2017
The East Coast Trail Association is pleased to invite proposals from qualified vendors on four innovative projects: . . . [ Read more ]
Office closed due to winter storm
Monday, February 6, 2017
The East Coast Trail Association office is closed this morning due to winter storm conditions.
If you placed a Trail Shop order over the weekend past, it will be processed and shipped between this afternoon and tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.
Wishing you a safe and warm day,
ECTA . . . [ Read more ]