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
Work on the East Coast Trail: Trail Crew Positions Available
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The East Coast Trail Association is now accepting applications to fill temporary, seasonal Trail Crew Worker positions to assist with construction, enhancement and maintenance work along the coastline of the Avalon Peninsula, between Portugal Cove, Cape St. Francis and Cappahayden.
Period of Work:
Candidates . . . [ Read more ]
Notice to those hiking Father Troy's Trail
Monday, August 8, 2016
Hikers are notified that construction work is underway to improve the wharf at Tappers Cove. Hikers will not be able to park at the wharf during construction.
Hikers may also encounter disruptions in accessing Father Troy's Trail from the wharf during construction, which is expected to continue through . . . [ 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 ]