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


[Sample East Coast Trail Map]

The East Coast Trail

Portugal Cove to Cape St. Francis to Cappahayden 300 km of developed trail Portugal Cove to Cappahayden
300 km of developed trail as of 2016

The stunning East Coast Trail is located on the east coast of Canada along the scenic shores of the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Developed Trail

265 km of the Trail have been hardened to a world class hiking standard: 45 km from Cape St. Francis south to historic St. John's, and 220 km from Fort Amherst, St. John's to Cappahayden on the beautiful southern shore. An additional 30+ km between Portugal Cove north to Cape St. Francis have been cut and are marked with signs, with hardening and construction of additional structures currently in progress. The developed Trail consists of a series of 26 paths, each with a northern and a southern trailhead marked with distinctive signage. Each path can be hiked as an individual experience. Paths have been assigned a difficulty rating of either Easy, Moderate, Difficult, or Strenuous. Use of ECTA offical trail maps is highly recommended for locating trailheads, learning about distances and understanding how we rate the level of difficulty of each individual path.

Undeveloped Trail

245 km of Trail are undeveloped, are not yet supported with trail maps and signage, and should only be attempted by experienced remote wilderness hikers and backpackers. The undeveloped Trail includes: the northern section between Topsail Beach and Portugal Cove; the southern section between Cappahayden and Trepassey, and the deep wilderness section (concept only) between Ferryland and Placentia. These undeveloped sections of trail should not be hiked unless you are fully equipped with appropriate clothing, footwear, food, navigational tools and a safety preparedness plan in place. You must be self reliant if attempting any of these sections.

Future Trail Development

We plan to develop additional sections of trail as funding supports permit.

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