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
Notice to those hiking Father Troy's Trail
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Hikers are asked to refrain from parking at Tapper's Cove Wharf in Torbay at this time due to the food fishery. This is to avoid obstructing food fishery vehicles transporting equipment and supplies from the dock. Parking at the wharf at this time imposes greater risk as space to maneuver is limited. . . . [ Read more ]
Ferryland Tely-Hike a Success!
Friday, June 10, 2016
On June 4, 426 hikers celebrated International Trails Day with the East Coast Trail Association.
Ferryland hosted the day and the Southern Shore Folk Arts Council provided the venue and the delicious meal.
Hikers rendezvoused at the Bernard Kavanagh Premises then launched off to Calvert, Aquaforte, . . . [ Read more ]
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 ]