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


[Sample East Coast Trail Map]

Welcome to the East Coast Trail

Photo Gallery Credit: J. van Houwelingen

Explore 24 wilderness paths along 265 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 265 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

NDP to support the East Coast Trail

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The East Coast Trail Association has received the following commitment for the future support of the trail from the NL NDP: http://nl.ndp.ca/content/ndp-side-tourism NDP on the side of tourism EAST COAST TRAIL - Today, the NDP announced a plan to increase support for the East Coast Trail and . . . [ Read more ]

ECTA Trail Maintenance, Enhancement & Development 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

An ECTA crew of eight is currently winding down from a busy 2015 work schedule. Following is a summary of the more significant accomplishments of the past season. Beginning in April, the crew traversed the trail for a blowdown and leaner assessment, that is, trees blocking or endangering the treadway. . . . [ Read more ]

Portugal Cove-St. Philips Hike Club helps maintain Local Trail

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Over the course of three volunteer maintenance outings, led by experienced ECTA maintenance volunteers, several members of the PCSP Hiking & Walking Club participated and helped complete the Goat Cove Path vegetation control between St. Philips and Goat Cove. Parts of this section were moderately . . . [ Read more ]

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