East Coast Trail
East Coast Trail
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Explore 25 wilderness paths along North America's easternmost coastline. The East Coast Trail unites genuine wilderness hiking with richly historic communities from Topsail Beach, to Cape St. Francis, to Cappahayden. There are over 300 kilometers of developed trail to explore. 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. Experience abandoned settlements, lighthouses, ecological reserves, seabird colonies, whales, icebergs, the world's southernmost caribou herd, historic sites, a 50-metre suspension bridge, two active archaeological dig sites, and many more attractions. While the East Coast Trail is free to hike. A $25 annual membership fee helps offset the cost of trail maintenance.
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  • Katie L
    25 contributions
    Love the East Coast Trail!
    We only had time to do a few sections but every part we did was amazing! Highlights were Flatrock, Stiles Cove, and Flamber Head Path by Brigus South. Crews seemed to be working on maintenance constantly and path was always clear for us, although often wet and challenging. Wear waterproof shoes with grippy soles . Highly recommend checking out as much as you have time for. Hardly encountered any people except around Signal Hill and Quidi Vidi sections, which were busy. We loved the coastal views and crashing waves throughout the trail! Forest trails were nice as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Ps3valley
    San Francisco, California2 contributions
    Top 3 experiences in St John
    What a great city. Loved the people. So kind and friendly. Top three experiences: 1) Quidi Vidi - historical little neighborhood. Great food, art and walked around the lake. 2) Signal hill. Great views. 3) great eats and bars with music (especially The Ship for music and atmosphere )
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Jack G
    1 contribution
    Dangerous Sugerloaf section.
    I took a few hours to hike the Sugarloaf trail starting in Quidi Vidi. It has been a while since I have been on this section. Many outstanding views with lots of elevation changes. The biggest problem is with the condition of the trail. Wooden steps that were installed years ago have rotted creating treacherous walking conditions. There are many many steel rebar spikes sticking up on the trail along with unstable wooden steps. Better to remove these or repair. Warnings should be posted, considering that there is very little phone service in this area. The trail is not marked well or maintained once you go beyond the first 2 kms. Not a good idea to hike alone.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 22, 2023
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Jack G
1 contribution
Nov. 2023 • Solo
I took a few hours to hike the Sugarloaf trail starting in Quidi Vidi. It has been a while since I have been on this section. Many outstanding views with lots of elevation changes. The biggest problem is with the condition of the trail. Wooden steps that were installed years ago have rotted creating treacherous walking conditions. There are many many steel rebar spikes sticking up on the trail along with unstable wooden steps. Better to remove these or repair. Warnings should be posted, considering that there is very little phone service in this area. The trail is not marked well or maintained once you go beyond the first 2 kms. Not a good idea to hike alone.
Written November 23, 2023
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Ps3valley
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Friends
What a great city. Loved the people. So kind and friendly. Top three experiences:
1) Quidi Vidi - historical little neighborhood. Great food, art and walked around the lake.
2) Signal hill. Great views.
3) great eats and bars with music (especially The Ship for music and atmosphere )
Written August 23, 2023
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Katie L
25 contributions
Jul. 2023
We only had time to do a few sections but every part we did was amazing! Highlights were Flatrock, Stiles Cove, and Flamber Head Path by Brigus South. Crews seemed to be working on maintenance constantly and path was always clear for us, although often wet and challenging. Wear waterproof shoes with grippy soles . Highly recommend checking out as much as you have time for. Hardly encountered any people except around Signal Hill and Quidi Vidi sections, which were busy. We loved the coastal views and crashing waves throughout the trail! Forest trails were nice as well.
Written July 14, 2023
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JEFF W
1 contribution
Jun. 2023 • Couples
We hiked from Pouch Cove to Cape St Francis, Flatrock to Pouch Cove, Flatrock to Torbay, Logy Bay to St Johns and Blackhead to Fort Amherst Lighthouse, stayed in B&B’s and used the East Coast Trail Shuttle call Dave at 709-754-4789 to drop us off at the trail heads, he was great at organizing all our rides and as a tour guide (highly recommend) his van will take 6 people and luggage.
Written June 8, 2023
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gardenergirl13
London, Canada11 contributions
Oct. 2022
Visiting Newfoundland is an experience like no other. It is breath taking view after view. The trails are amazing, but not well maintained and definitely require proper shoes, water bottle, etc. Please know that there aren't fences in the spots we visited. Please be careful. Totally worth it!
Written October 30, 2022
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hbkm
Leverkusen, Germany329 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Family
Simply spectacular! Awesome views over the rocky coast and the Atlantic Ocean, different levels of difficulty and length. Two days of hiking and on both days we saw whales. First day a few feet away from shore and out in the ocean, second out in a bay. Wish I could have done more hiking during my stay.
Written June 27, 2022
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wloo_andrew
Waterloo, Canada889 contributions
Jun. 2022
Love the ECT! We did a stretch of the ECT south from Cape Spear to North Head. It took a little over an hour to get there. The trail is well maintained, muddy in a couple of spots but people have created alternate paths. Beautiful views all the way along.

The views from the trail are sooo gorgeous. You're high up on cliffs overlooking the ocean. We've done a few sections of the trail and it's gorgeous everywhere. The ECT website is really helpful and explains all the sections you can do.
Written June 15, 2022
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Amarconn
Buffalo, NY20 contributions
May 2022
Great forest trail!. Starts out with small gravel/dirt mixture with the odd to rock to watch out for. The trail runs along a small stream. The further you go the rockier the path gets. At places the path is all river rock with a trickle of a stream just enough to make some of the rocks wet but not enough to make your running shoes wet. The path drops down (rocky) onto an open hilly, grass area with s suspension bridge and waterfall looking onto the ocean. I read that whales can sometimes be seen here but I didn't see any. This is Avery nice walk with the only part being challenging is where it drops down to the suspension bridge. But if you take your time and are careful you will be fine. I think it is harder cardio wise than skill level. On the other side of the suspension bridge the trail turns into stairs going up and then it becomes a usual forest trail with dirt, roots and rocks so it takes time. Near the end of the trail it descends down towards the ocean with lots of large black rocks. Beautiful reward at the end of a long hike. Enjoy! (there are no washrooms, so bring some toilet paper just incase nature calls in nature). Also, I'm not a hiker. I walk approx. 7 km a day on a flat surface so walking up and down hills is a workout for me
Written May 26, 2022
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david
St. John's, Canada7 contributions
Aug. 2021
Hiked the whole trail over 2020 summer, it was absolutely worth it. Some trails are better than other, and not always well marked however, if you download AllTrails most of the paths are on there.
Written February 18, 2022
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Catherine F
1 contribution
Nov. 2021
Left car in QV gut ,took the sugarloaf trail ,took about one hour to get to the top of cockalds cove head,then meet up withBawdens highlands,didn’t find any sign ,however continued too walk NE,wasn’t sure ,no signs ,was trying to head to Dept of Fisheries,we were on the Mtn bike trail,we were following pink ribbons in tree,they didn’t do anywhere,had to back tack ,finally got out in was an adventure,it was a lovely fall day,6 degrees,loved every minute of it,NOV 13,21,Cathy &April
Written November 13, 2021
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