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Cobbler eagle

Bald eagles are big, powerful, and so plentiful along the East Coast Trail that you’ll likely see a few of them on every hike. I remember one snowy morning at the Cobbler when I saw 5 of them circling overhead. The subadults among the group were more focused on playing than anything else, but one adult was […]

East Coast Trail Guide, Version 1.6

The East Coast Trail Guide did very well on the iBooks charts this year, handily outperforming hiking guides to trails on the West Coast, in the Rockies, throughout Ontario, in Nova Scotia, and anywhere else in Canada. I think it’s great to see so many people taking an active interest in the East Coast Trail […]

What’s happening in Middle Cove?

With so many benefits of having the East Coast Trail right on your doorstep, you’d think communities would take a more active role in preserving the trail and their residents’ enjoyment of it. And yet this is happening: A brand new neighbourhood, built nearly on top of the trail? This looks like a repeat of what happened […]

Colours on the forest floor

Crackerberries are some of my favourite plants on the East Coast Trail, they cover large parts of the forest floor and manage to do so in style. In spring time, crackerberries cheer up the forest with lovely white blossoms lined up along all the the woodland lanes. In summer when it’s warm outside, crackerberry plants provide […]

Queens River Falls on Spout Path

There are many beautiful waterfalls on the East Coast Trail, from big wide roaring ones that burst forth from the cliffs, to thin ribbon falls that gently drop into the ocean from a great height. While falling water is usually mesmerizing enough all on its own, Queens River Falls on Spout Path sports something extra: […]

Colourful barrens of Cape Spear Path

When fall arrives on the East Coast Trail the coastal barrens are where you’ll see the most colourful displays. In late September, bright green ferns will turn yellow, then orange and brown. Later on, in October, blueberry and chokeberry bushes will turn the headlands into a beautiful artwork of vibrant reds, an artwork you can walk […]

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