Coming up on June 2, the East Coast Trail Association is hosting their annual fundraiser to help maintain and protect the East Coast Trail, a great cause and a great time!
You can help the East Coast Trail by signing up for this event and hiking some beautiful trails with the company or support of your friends and family.
This year, there are 4 hikes to choose from, all near Petty Harbour – Maddox Cove:
Hike 1: Cape Spear to Petty Harbour
East Coast Trail near Maddox Cove – Cape Spear Path
Hike #1 covers all of Cape Spear Path and adds a short road walk to scenic Petty Harbour. This particular hike is found on bucket lists around the world because it’s the easternmost hike in all of North America, but even if it wasn’t, this trail would still be highly recommended. Starting out on the open cliffs at Cape Spear be sure to keep a look out for icebergs, and maybe even a few early whales. 🙂
Hike 2: Petty Harbour to Motion Head
East Coast Trail near Motion Head – Motion Path
This beautiful hike covers the first half of Motion Path, climbing up and over Big Hill (great views) before exploring the wide-open landscape along Motion Bay (shown above). When you’re making your way around The Bight, try to find the curious seals that are keeping an eye on you…
Hike 3: Family hike to Square Rock Gulch
Square Rock Gulch – Cape Spear Path
This shorter hike on Cape Spear Path sticks to a decidedly easier section of East Coast Trail to explore the hidden gem of Square Rock Gulch. If you have young explorers in your group you can even venture into the gulch where you’ll find a small cobblestone beach and a cascading waterfall.
Hike 4: Family hike around the harbour – Stroller Friendly
Sunny day in Newfoundland – Petty Harbour
This easy walk is limited to 50 people, including adults and children, and explores the wharf and traditional fishing activities in Petty Harbour itself. Guides from Island Rooms: Fishing for Success will offer two activities: a wharf walk and traditional fishing skills, including a visit to the touch tank at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium!
Sign up for this event
For more information and sign-up details, visit the Trail Raiser 2018 page on ECTA’s website.
More photos and stories
For more photos and stories from my own hikes on these trails and the rest of the East Coast Trail, check out my Hiking the East Coast Trail page.