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East Coast Trail, NF


The East Coast Trail, is a little-known world class hiking trail that follows the coastline of Newfoundland & Labrador Canada, touching the Easternmost point in Newfoundland (and Canada AND North America). It's a hidden gem that features all-day view far above the Atlantic Ocean and has an amazing panoply of sea birds as well as moose, coyote and even caribou.

The East Coast Trail website says it best: The paths of the East Coast Trail take you past towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks, deep fjords, and a natural wave-driven geyser called the Spout. It provides access to abandoned settlements, lighthouses, ecological reserves, seabird colonies, whales, icebergs, world's southern most caribou herd, historic sites, a 50-metre suspension bridge, two active archaeological dig sites, and many more attractions. It offers a wilderness paradise of boreal forest, fresh clean air and quiet solitude, all combined with the raw natural beauty of the rugged Atlantic Ocean.

Here is an excellent article that calls the East Coast Trail one of Canada's Hiking Holy Grails.

Unlike our previous trips to the East Coast Trail, this year's journey will traverse the segment south of our previous starting point, Bay Bulls. This year, we'll start at Domenic's Meadow just South of Witless Bay. From there, we will hike Southbound down the coast for the rest of the trip including an enormous suspension bridge, towering sea-stacks and swimming / camping / bathhouses at La Manche Provincial Park. (the odd time zone is 1.5 hours later than Eastern Standard Time). From there, we'll be shuttle back into St. Johns to complete our trek.


Weather is always an important concern when backpacking, especially on the East Coast Trail. Summer is a great time to visit since the season is short, it's still warm and the bugs are (hopefully) gone. Plus there are blueberries ... lots and lots of blueberries. Newfoundland weather averages. show that you should prepared for rain, wind and possibly freezing weather. Expect daytime temperatures in the mid-60s (10°C) and nighttime temps in the mid-40s (5°C) although on the 2015 trip temperatures reached the 70s (25°C) most days. The ocean moderates the air temperature so it doesn't get very warm during the day, but also doesn't get very cold at night.

Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
2nd Guide TBD


$1350 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from St. Johns Newfoundland (YYT) as well as personal equipment, any restaurant meals such as lunch in Cape Broyle and any gratuities for guides.

Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 1 night in a campground, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, permits, fees and awesome guides.

Important Note

The East Coast Trail is easy to strenuous. Terrain and weather are the primary reasons for this. Expect lots of wind and a reasonable amount of precipitation in Newfoundland, but also expect constant sweeping views high above the Atlantic Ocean.

Newfoundland's time zone is 1.5 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time (New York).

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Fly or drive into St. Johns (YYT) Newfoundland

Take free airport shuttle to our local hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. John's Airport, 411 Stavanger Drive,St. John's, NL CA, 709-738-4888

Equipment shakedown

Distribution of trail mix

"Before" body composition measurements taken

Trip to The Outfitters Store, 220 Water Street, St. John's, NL Canada, 800-966-9658, for forgotten or last minute equipment

Go out to welcome dinner. Cost of dinner not included in trip cost

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Second set of before body composition measurements taken

Free hotel breakfast

Check out of hotel

Shuttle van or hotel will take your spare bag(s) for safekeeping

Shuttle to Witless Bay Trailhead off of Gallows Cove Rd., East Coast Trail

This gentle path follow the sea edge, weaving through woods, heath and meadowland. Cobblestone beaches are accessible at many points. Popular activites include beachcombing, picknicking annd wave, whale and seabird watching.

Hike 3.5 Km (2.2 miles) to Little Bald Head

Hike 0.3 Km roundtrip (0.2 miles) to Little Bald Head, a rock outcropping offering dramatic views.

Hike 2.4 Km (1.5 miles) to Mobile Beach

Hike 1.4 Km (0.9 miles) on the town road to Tinkers Point Path, East Coast Trail

Hike 0.4 Km (0.2 miles) to Pounce Hollow

Fill all water containers here as tonight will be a dry camp

Hike 1.6 Km (1.0 miles) to Vale's Meadow / Tinkers Point

Dispersed Camp at Vale's Meadow / Tinkers Point practicing Leave No Trace

This is a popular picnic area and site of 2 root cellars (yee haw!)

Distance today: 9.6 Km (6.0 miles). Total to date: 9.6 Km (6.0 miles)

Possible Bailout: Mobile Bay

Monday, August 30, 2021

Hike 3.1 Km (1.9 miles) to Tors Cove

Hike 0.6 Km (0.4 miles) on the town road back to The East Coast Trail

Hike 0.8 Km (0.5 miles) to Burnt Cove

Hike 3.0 Km (1.9 miles) along a long, winding, coastal road to Bauline East. Sheep are present during the summer.

Note: Also visible from the road is a place called "Pee Pee", part of the Witless Bay Seabird Ecological Reserve

Hike 2.7 Km (1.7 miles) into La Manche Provincial Park to a Suspension Bridge. The bridge is 42.5 meters long and 22.5 meters high (translation: big)

Hike about 2.5 Km (1.6 miles) to La Manche Provincial Park campground.

Camp at La Manche Provincial Park campground, sites TBD

The campground has flush toilets, running water and swimming.

Distance today: 12.7 Km (7.9 miles). Total to date: 22.3 Km (13.9 miles)

Possible Bailout: Tors Cove

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Day-Hike about 3.0 Km roundtrip (1.9 miles) to a park waterfall, in the Western portion of the park

Pack up camp

Hike 2.5 Km (1.6 miles) back to the East Coast Trail

Hike 2.9 Km (1.8 miles) to Cape Neddick Spur Trail

Hike 0.6 Km (0.4 miles) roundtrip to Cape Neddick Spur

Hike 4.2 Km (2.6 miles) to Flamber Head

Hike 0.6 Km (0.4 miles) roundtrip to Flamber Head

Hike 0.6 Km (0.4 miles) to Roaring Cove Campsite.

Camp at the Roaring Cove Campsite. Site has a pit toilet and reliable (?) water

Distance Today: 14.4 Km (8.9 miles). Total to Date: 36.7 Km (22.8 miles)

Possible Bailout: La Manche Provincial Park

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Hike 3.9 Km (2.4 miles) to Brigus South Trailhead

Hike 0.3 Km (0.2 miles) on the road back to the trail

Hike 6.5 Km (4.0 miles) to Island Cove Rd

Get a shuttle to Riverside Restaurant and Lounge for lunch. Lunch not included in trip cost.

Fill all water vessels in anticipation of dry camping tonight

Get a shuttle to the East Coast Trail, Calvert Bay, Stone Island Trailhead

Hike Northbound 4.0 rugged Km (2.5 miles) to a viewpoint overlooking North Point

Option: If this proves to be a poor campsite, continue hiking Northbound 0.4 Km (0.2 miles) to a viewpoint overlooking the Devil's Staircase

Dispersed camp at either viewpoint, following Leave No Trace principles. No water available here.

Distance Today: 14.7 Km (9.1 miles). Total to Date: 51.4 Km (31.9 miles)

Possible Bailout: Cape Broyle or Calvert Bay

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Hike 0.4 Km (0.2 miles) to viewpoint above Devil's Staircase

Hike 7.2 rugged Km (4.5 miles) to Long Will Campsite

Camp at Long Will Campsite. Site has a pit toilet and reliable (?) water

Distance today: 7.6 Km (4.7 miles). Total to date: 59.0 Km (36.7 miles)

Possible Bailout: Church Cove Path

Friday, September 3, 2021

Hike 7.1 Km (4.4 miles) to Cape Broyle, Shore path, Peggy's Hollow

End of Hike

Distance today: 7.1 Km (4.4 miles). Total to date: 66.1 Km (41.1 miles)

Shuttle back to airport hotel in St. John's, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. John's Airport, 411 Stavanger Drive,St. John's, NL CA, 709-738-4888

"After" measurements taken

Dinner and awards Ceremony (Dinner cost not included in trip cost)

This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Free Hotel Breakfast

Free airport shuttle

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