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
Accepting Nominations for Flamber Head and Tuckamore Awards to be presented during Volunteer Week 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Nominations are now open for the Association’s 2014 Flamber Head Award and the 2014 Tuckamore Award given annually by ECTA to honour members and supporters.
Awards will be presented April 9th, 2014 at Rocket Room, Water Street, . . . [ Read more ]
Making progress: strategic plan initiatives well underway
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The first Strategic Plan Progress Report is here. It's a comprehensive report on what's been accomplished by the Association since April 2013 when the Sustaining the Trail 2013-2017 Strategic Plan was launched.
As part of a commitment to transparency and accountability, the East Coast Trail Association . . . [ Read more ]
East Coast Trail - centerpiece of course at Memorial University
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
As part of a teaching program investigating the richness and diversity of learning through authentic experience, a course at Memorial University will be taking intern teachers on a three-day hike of the East Coast Trail. Teacher interns will explore history, and culture as well as the scientific . . . [ 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.