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East Coast Trail

Highway #10, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
+1 709-738-4453
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2 wonderful hikes south of St John's

Over 2 days, we did most of the Bay Bulls to Witless Bay section and then the entire Ferryland to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
wloo_andrew
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Waterloo, Canada
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Beautiful Views On the East Coast Trail

While in St. John's be sure to walk to Quidi Vidi and take in the East Coast Trail. The trail is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
zzcous
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Chatham, Canada
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Explore 26 wilderness paths along North America's easternmost coastline. The East Coast Trail unites genuine wilderness hiking with richly historic communities from Portugal Cove, 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.
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Highway #10, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Over 2 days, we did most of the Bay Bulls to Witless Bay section and then the entire Ferryland to Calvert section. Love, love love the section starting in Bay Bulls and heading south. Great views of the ocean, forested sections, then high up on...More

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East Coast Trai... A, Office Outreach Assistant at East Coast Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Andrew, We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with the East Coast Trail. The trails really do showcase the rugged beauty of the east coast. Hopefully your advice on the trail head will be helpful to other hikers. Wearing layers is...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While in St. John's be sure to walk to Quidi Vidi and take in the East Coast Trail. The trail is very well maintained. There is some elevation changes which gives you stunning views of the town and the coastal beauty. I would say that...More

1  Thank zzcous
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East Coast Trai... A, Summer Office and Outreach Assistant at East Coast Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, The Sugarloaf Path offers amazing views of Quidi Vidi and of course the ocean. So glad that you got to see this unique view. Thank you for the information for other hikers! Best Regards,

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did quite a few of the hikes in spite of the blowing winds and cold temperatures. You will find that although most hikes seem easy, the trail is uneven and has roots and stones throughout. Nice boardwalks help when the area is swampy or...More

Thank Brenda M
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East Coast Trai... A, Summer Office and Outreach Assistant at East Coast Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Brenda, Thank you so much for your kind words, I'm so glad that you got out to enjoy the views despite the weather. Even though it's not what we always hope it to be, it adds to the character of the landscape and definitely...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ECT provides stimulation for all senses. Breathe the salt air, listen to the whale songs and watch as the barrel roll and slap the surface of the ocean. I live here and hike these trails most weekends throughout the warmer months. I’m never disappointed...More

Thank sherryanderic
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East Coast Trai... A, Summer Office and Outreach Assistant at East Coast Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for your kind words! So glad that you get to experience the trail often to take advantage of all that it can offer! There's definitely something new on every trail, every visit; sometimes a whale, sometimes an iceberg! Best regards,

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Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

Great hike!!! The hike is not very strenuous. And you are blessed with magnificent vistas as you arrive at LeManche Village. The suspension bridge is a plus, the views into the cove over the next kilometer are astounding, and we were very blessed to watch...More

Thank emjm85
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East Coast Trai... A, Summer Office and Outreach Assistant at East Coast Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, La Manche and the suspension bridge are one of the highlights of the East Coast Trail in part because of the amazing views! So glad that you got to enjoy them with the addition of the seals and the iceberg! I'm sure it...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

This is how you get an appreciation for where we live. The open air beauty of our province. No distractions...the fresh air.....the rugged scenery is spectacular. Pick on and go. The Cape Spear to Maddox Cove is long 3-4 hours if I remember but easy...More

2  Thank waterlilly608
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East Coast Trai... A, Summer Office and Outreach Assistant at East Coast Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your kind thoughts! We're so glad that you got to appreciate the spectacular views of our province because of the trail! Best regards,

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Reviewed May 8, 2018

I started at Fort Amherst and went to Freshwater bay. Nice easy hike for the most part. At the start its a bit strenuous but really enjoyed it and worth it for the views! Very well signposted.

1  Thank Aileen D
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East Coast Trai... A, Summer Office and Outreach Assistant at East Coast Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Aileen, Thanks so much for your visit! That trail is definitely a good one for some spectacular views! Best regards,

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Reviewed May 2, 2018

Amazing coastal vistas and spectacular views all along the trail. trails were in very good shape even in early Spring. Nice resting spots and plenty of photo opportunities. This is a beautiful country indeed!!!! Oh Canada

Thank Louanne C
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East Coast Trai... A, Summer Office and Outreach Assistant at East Coast Trail, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Louanne, Thanks for your kind words! Feel free to share some of your photos on social media with the hashtag #EastCoastTrail . So glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed February 21, 2018

Take a look at the East Coast Trail website and learn about the best secrets in NL. THe coast is stunning and will take your breath away as you walk out of the woods to the edge of a cliff. Hundreds of feet up!

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East Coast Trai... A, Marketing Student at East Coast Trail, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2018

Hello Erin, Thank you for your review! The views are definitely breathtaking, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed yourself! Best Regards,

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

I live in the area so walk and hike the East Coast Trail a few times every spring, summer and fall. There is a path to match everyone's skill level so with a little research you can find one for you. You never know what...More

2  Thank peggydixon
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East Coast Trai... A, other at East Coast Trail, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2018

Hi Peggy, Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad to hear that you enjoy the trail. You have provided some great tips to hikers, we really appreciate your review. Best Regards,

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donnaab_12
June 15, 2018|
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Response from waterlilly608 | Reviewed this property |
Yes runners will be fine. May want extra socks in your backpack I case your feet get damp as there can be some swampy bits on the paths and a misstep can get your feet wet. You will love the landscape and the views. Enjoy... More
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reofner
February 7, 2018|
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Response from Dawn B | Reviewed this property |
It is tricky but we used taxi services on 3 occasions. We called ahead of time to make sure the taxi was able to pick us up at the end of the trailhead. The taxi drivers are quite used to people on the ECT.
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StephanieMarie89
October 24, 2017|
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Response from K T | Reviewed this property |
I would say it depends on the weather! The area around La Manche toward Ferryland has a lot of cover in the woods.
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