Hiking the
East Coast Trail

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The East Coast Trail is a beautiful hiking trail located on the eastern edge of Newfoundland, Canada.

With scenery fit for a National Park, spectacular iceberg watching in spring, world-class whale watching in summer, and easy access from many small communities along the way, the East Coast Trail is a wilderness experience not just for adventurers and backpackers, but for anyone who appreciates the beauty of nature.

Because it consists of many linked but individual trails, the East Coast Trail is well-suited for any kind of outing, whether it’s an easy sunset stroll on a nearby beach or an epic trek that spans the entire 337 km distance between Topsail Beach and Cappahayden.

Detailed maps in the East Coast Trail Guide

For illustrated trail maps, detailed trail descriptions, and stunning photos taken along the entire East Coast Trail from Cape St. Francis to Cappahayden, check out the East Coast Trail Guide on Apple Books:

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Basic maps on this blog

For basic maps, simple trail descriptions, and illustrated stories about the 128 km stretch of East Coast Trail between Cape St. Francis and Bay Bulls, check out the individual trail pages on this blog.

These basic maps show:

  • where trailheads and designated parking areas are
  • the East Coast Trail marked in red, and access trails in blue
  • markers for scenic highlights and points of interest along the way

Paper maps from ECTA

ECTA‘s online Trail Shop sells the official paper trail maps along with an assortment of other trail-branded products.

ECTA’s website also offers a convenient list of all the developed East Coast Trail paths, and a directory of various hiker services along the way.



Do you offer accommodations near the East Coast Trail? Brighten up your Guest Handbook with these colourful East Coast Trail flyers.

Watch your step

Whether you’re hiking, climbing, swimming or even just taking a picture at a viewpoint, always be careful and use common sense.

Before setting out on any East Coast Trail adventure, make the proper preparations, and be sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to be back.