Welcome to the East Coast Trail
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
White Horse Path & Piccos Ridge Path: Works in Progress
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Introducing two new paths!
In the fall of 2014 we cut 16 kilometres (km) right-of-way between Cape St. Francis and Portugal Cove. The final result, 32 kms of new trail, fully cut and signed but not yet hardened, adds two new paths to the East Coast Trail system - White Horse Path (Cape St. Francis . . . [ Read more ]
Sierra Club USA to volunteer on ECT July 27-August 1
Monday, July 13, 2015
Twelve volunteers with the Sierra Club USA are coming to work on the ECT for five days between July 27 and August 1, 2015.
This is the seventh time that Marleen Fouche has organized a Sierra Club maintenance volunteer week drawing participants from all over the USA, to help out with brushing and pruning . . . [ Read more ]
Province Supports East Coast Trail Enhancements
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Over $362,000 in Funding Supports East Coast Trail Enhancements
The East Coast Trail Association has received $362,055 to support long-term sustainability efforts, market development activities and trail improvements. Funding will support new trail signage, expanded parking, improved marketing initiatives, . . . [ Read more ]