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
ECTA Crew Work done 2016
Saturday, December 31, 2016
On December 8, 2016, the ECTA seasonal crew laid down their tools for the year. What follows is a partial list of work accomplished by our paid crew during the summer and fall months.
Early May, ECTA trail builders, skilled carpenters and labourers, trod a good section of the trail cutting blowdown . . . [ Read more ]
TETC outing clears section of Father Troy Path
Friday, November 11, 2016
Friday afternoon twelve hardy Torbay Environment and Trails Committee (TETC) members came out to help clear a southern section of the Father Troy Path of the East Coast Trail.
A couple of volunteers cleared the Spray Lane trailhead parking area of garbage and trimmed back the overgrown grasses on . . . [ Read more ]
Join us at Quidi Vidi Brewery: ECTA 2016 Annual General Meeting
Thursday, August 25, 2016
We invite members to attend the 2016 East Coast Trail Association Annual General Meeting (AGM).
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Where: Quidi-Vidi Brewery (Hospitality Room), 35 Barrows Road, St. John's
Time: 6:30pm (doors open), meeting starts at 7:00pm
Social to follow with live music . . . [ Read more ]