[East Coast Trail]
[East Coast Trail]
[East Coast Trail]


[Sample East Coast Trail Map]

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.

Linked communities

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

ECTA Hiring Trail Crew Workers

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The East Coast Trail Association is accepting applications to fill positions for *Trail Crew Workers for construction, enhancement and maintenance work along the coastline from Portugal Cove to Cape Francis to Cappahayden* Preference will be given to applicants with chainsaw, carpentry skills and . . . [ Read more ]

ECT attracts Thousands of Hikers & contributes Millions to Tourism spending in NL

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

News Release(St. Johns, NL) In survey results and an economic impact analysis released today, the East Coast Trail (ECT) attracted over 14,600 hikers and contributed $3.5 million to tourism spending in the province in 2013. This comprehensive survey of hikers, households, and businesses followed . . . [ Read more ]

ECTA hires Business Manager, extends Office Hours

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of KimberlyYetman Dawson as ECTA Business Manager. Kimberly holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications, a strong background in public relations and brings with her 8 years non-profit management expertise, most recently, as Executive Director of . . . [ Read more ]

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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.

March 29th, 2015

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Advertising Inquiries

Interested advertisers please contact our office by email or by phone at 709-738-4453