Welcome to the East Coast Trail
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
Call for Nominations - 2016 East Coast Trail Association Awards
Friday, April 1, 2016
Each year, the East Coast Trail Association honors the hard work and diverse contributions of members, volunteers, communities and organizations that support the trail and the Association, by offering three unique awards:
The John Ross Clipper Award recognizes the invaluable support of a trail maintenance . . . [ Read more ]
Billets needed for Visiting East Coast Trail Volunteers
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Billets Needed for Visiting Volunteers
Do you have lodgings to share from July 31 to August 7 (week 1) and/or August 7 to August 14 (week 2)?
A group of USA-based friends of the trail will return to the Avalon this summer to volunteer on the trail. Visiting hikers can provide their own meals . . . [ Read more ]
East Coast Trail receives support from Town of Conception Bay South
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
(Conception Bay South, NL) – The East Coast Trail Association (ECTA) and the Town of Conception Bay South are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing their commitment to work together to maintain and protect the East Coast Trail, which stretches along . . . [ Read more ]