The East Coast Trail


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!


Length of Trip : 6 Days or 10 Days

Cost :
Click here for the latest rates for the 6 Day or 10 Day East Coast Trail packages from Great Canadian Trails

Best time to go : The trips 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 breakfasts, lunches and 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. They also offer a 6-Day and 1-day hike experience
East Coast Trail Association/

Where to Stay :
Great Canadian Trails itinerary includes accommodations 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.



Flamber Head Path. Photo: Keri May


Peggy's Leg. Photo: Keri May


Quidi Vidi. Photo: Keri May


Signal Hill. Photo: Keri May


The Battery, St Johns. Photo: Keri May



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10-Day East Coast Trail Experience

Departing Monday to Friday from June through October, the trip includes:
• 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
• 9 nights in B&B's/guesthouses
• Luggage transfers (1 piece per person)
• Airport arrival transfer
• Transfers to/from trailheads as indicated in itinerary
• Detailed route notes and maps (1 package per 2 hikers)
• $50 donation to the East Coast Trail Association

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6-Day East Coast Trail Experience

For those with less available time, shorter package is also available, including:
• 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
• 5 nights in B&B's/inns with private or semi-private facilities
• Luggage transfers (1 piece per person)
• Detailed route notes and maps (1 package per 2 hikers)
• Airport pickup on arrival day
• Transfers to/from trailheads as indicated in itinerary
• $50 donation to the East Coast Trail Association

Click here for the latest costs, departure dates and details.

East Coast Trail Day Hike

For those with no time but a strong desire to tick this one off, consider the day hike option which includes:

• Friendly transfer service from St. John's to trailhead and return
• Stop at a cafe to pickup lunch
• East Coast Trail Section Map (1 per two hikers)
• Route Notes

Click here for the latest costs, departure dates and details.



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