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The East Coast Trail Guide is a digital trail guide and photo book filled with information about Newfoundland’s amazing East Coast Trail, including Father Troy’s Trail.

A free sample of Newfoundland’s #1 hiking guide is available on iBooks.


Please don’t confuse the East Coast Trail Guide with the basic maps and trail descriptions that have always been available on this blog; those will remain available right here:

Basic map:

Trail description:

Father Troy’s Trail runs from Flatrock to Torbay.
Check the map for the following details:

  • The trail is 8.5 km in length.
  • The north trailhead is at the end of Wade’s Lane in Flatrock.
  • The south trailhead is at the end of Spray Lane in Torbay.
  • Check the map for designated parking areas.

This trail is a fairly recent addition to the East Coast Trail, before its inclusion it was locally known as Gallow’s Cove Trail. Whatever the name, it’s a great trail and I’ve hiked it many times over because I live so close to it.

The trail starts out at the base of the Beamer, a barren slab of rock that juts out into the Atlantic. On the Beamer you’ll find it’s not as barren as it seemed from a distance; yes it’s austere, but quite beautiful in its simplicity. At the ‘top’ of the Beamer you’ll enjoy a great view of the waves coming in, on a blustery day those waves can easily reach 6 metres in height.

After this ‘Beamer Lookout’ the trail veers south following the high cliffs to Church Cove where a sizeable colony of kittiwakes can be found. For the best views of Church Cove take the newly constructed Church Cove Loop but be careful, this trail passes through a steep field of fallen rocks where a set of stepping stones has been cleverly placed to accommodate only the most confident hikers. After Church Cove comes Whale Cove, a great spot to see the whales in summer as they gather in the bay below.

Once you’re done watching the whales you can rejoin the old trail to Torbay, which now runs along farmer’s fields and eventually brings you all the way to Torbay Beach, before ending at Spray Lane.

Scenic spots on Father Troy’s Trail:

  • The Beamer in Flatrock is barren but beautiful, offering a number of vertical rock faces to enthusiastic climbers.
  • The Church Cove Loop is a marvellous new addition to this trail.
  • The view from Whale Cove is spectacular in summer, if you dare to peek over the edge.

Berry picking:

Berries you can find on Father Troy’s Trail include cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, partridgeberries, crackerberries, creeping snowberries, blackberries and chuckley pears.

Photos and stories featuring Father Troy’s Trail:

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