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
Notice of Temporary Office Hours: September 26 - October 14, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Please be advised that we'll have limited temporary office hours from September 26 - October 14 due to staff vacation.
During this period, the East Coast Trail Association office will be open for map/product purchases and inquiries on the following dates:
Tuesday, September 27 11:30am – 1:30pm
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Notice to Cobbler Path Hikers: Possible Path Obstruction Monday Sep. 26
Friday, September 23, 2016
Hikers on Cobbler Path Monday September 26th are advised that construction by Memorial University may cause a temporary obstruction.
This notice will be updated when more information is available.
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Executive Roles Available on ECTA's Board of Directors
Friday, September 9, 2016
Executive Roles Available on the ECTA Board of Directors
Are you a passionate volunteer with leadership and professional expertise? Three executive positions are available on the ECTA's Board of Directors:
Vice-President, Land & Legal Committee
The vice-president is responsible for the mandate . . . [ Read more ]