Welcome to the East Coast Trail
Come celebrate the Trail
and help us reach our goal.
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
Volunteers Acknowledged and Thanked: Awards Night
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
“We would be nowhere without our volunteers” says President Randy Murphy, “and as exceptional partners in this venture, you are helping to make the dream come true. Hundreds of kilometres of fresh, pristine wilderness, open, free and accessible to all.”
East Coast Trail Association recognized five . . . [ Read more ]
Custodian Orientation Begins
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Three new volunteer trail custodians accompanied Ed Hayden on his spring custodian hike on Sounding Hills Path Monday April 15. The sunny southern shore day saw our small troop examine and record trail blowdown, undergrowth, erosion, signage and structure wear and tear. Custodians walk their designated . . . [ Read more ]
Accepting Nominations for Flamber Head and Tuckamore Awards
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Nominations due by April 17th, 2013.
Nominations are now open for the Flamber Head Award and the Tuckamore Award given annually by ECTA to honour members and supporters. Awards will be presented April 23rd at a potluck . . . [ 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.