The East Coast Trail

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Lace-up to hike a series of trails that make the epic 300 km East Coast Trail along Newfoundland’s famed Avalon Peninsula. Towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks, arches and fjords await you on Great Canadian Trails self-guided 10 day hike, not to mention the colorful fishing communities and encounters with welcoming locals. Ideal for moderate hikers, you’ll likely spot whale, moose and icebergs along the trail, crossing abandoned settlements, ecological reserves and historical villages and harbours. Each day will see you walk 10km to 20km on well-marked trails over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to short, steep sections. That you’ll visit Signal Hill, St John’s and Cape Spear is the bucket list cherry on the top!

Overview

Length of Trip : 10 Days

Cost :
Starting from CAD$1997, which includes:
- meals (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners)
- 9 nights in B&B's/guesthouses
- luggage transfers (1 piece per person)
- detailed route notes and maps (1 package per 2 hikers)
- transfers to/from trailheads
- 24hr emergency assistance

Best time to go : The trip runs May to October, with July and August the ideal weather months.

Wheelchair friendly : No

Family friendly : Recommended for older teens capable of hiking

Where to eat :
Your booking includes 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners at highlight inns, restaurants, pubs and bars along the way.

Official Site :
Visit Great Canadian Trails for information about their East Coast Trail package.
East Coast Trail Association/

Where to Stay :
Great Canadian Trails itinerary includes 9 nights at excellent guesthouses and B&B's along the trail.

Getting There :
The trip begins and concludes in the beautiful city of St John's, Newfoundland. There are regular flights connecting St John's to Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, and London, UK.

Note from Robin :
The East Coast of Newfoundland deserves its many accolades, but many visitors will be deeply taken with the welcoming hospitality of the locals. Conversations (and more than one post-hike reward beer) will flow easily, and the seafood dining is abundant. Although this trip has no leader and is self-guided, the trails are well marked and easy to follow, plus you'll be guided by excellent trail notes. Keep an eye out for wildlife and icebergs, and remember to stop and smell the salty air. Your package includes a $50 donation to the East Coast Trail Association.

Gallery

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Flamber Head Path. Photo: Keri May

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Peggy's Leg. Photo: Keri May

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Quidi Vidi. Photo: Keri May

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Signal Hill. Photo: Keri May

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The Battery, St Johns. Photo: Keri May

Map

Footwear

FOR THIS EXPERIENCE, WE RECOMMEND

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