People from all over the world travel to Newfoundland every
summer to travel the beautiful East Coast trail.
Whether youíre beginning the trail or ending it in St.
Johnís youíll want to stay with us for a good night of rest. Located across the
harbour from the first (or final) point of the trail, our establishment is at
the centre point between Fort Amherst and Signal Hill, and is within hiking
distance from either point.
The East Coast Trail is a coastal walking and hiking experience that takes you
to the outermost reaches of North America, along the scenic shores of the Avalon
Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador. It takes you past towering cliffs, high
headlands, sea stacks, deep fjords, and even a natural wave driven geyser called
More than 220 km of the Trail from Fort Amherst in historic St. John's to
Cappahayden on the beautiful southern shore have been hardened to world class
walking standards. The Trail is equipped with locational and directional signage
and maps to its 18 paths are available to enhance your hike along our shores.
Many of the communities linked by the Trail provide modern conveniences of
accommodations, dining and entertainment, but the majority of the Trail is a
wilderness paradise of boreal forest, fresh clean air and quiet solitude, almost
entirely within view of the rugged Atlantic Ocean. If the time is right, a
humpback whale might break the surface of the North Atlantic and blow in the
distance while a bald eagle soars overhead. Icebergs visit in season and
The East Coast Trail allows visits to forgotten communities and abandoned
settlements, lighthouses and ecological reserves, historic sites a 50-metre
suspension bridge at historic Lamanche village, and a modern archaeological dig
on a 17th century fishing settlement founded by Lord Baltimore.
Enjoy the Trail, leave no trace, build no fires, and respect the wilderness
nature of the East Coast Trail.
Walkers, hikers and seasoned trekkers alike, eagerly tell their stories of
the scenic vistas and natural wonders the East Coast Trail has to offer:
- Eastern-most hiking trail in North America following the
rugged shore of the Atlantic Ocean
- The Spout (a wave driven geyser)
- 50 metre suspension bridge at the historic abandoned
community of LaManche
- Four Provincial Parks
- Numerous species of birds, whales, marine and plant life
- Spectacular icebergs
- Abandoned settlements and over thirty historic
- Three National Historic Sites including Cape Spear,
Signal Hill, and Cape Race
- Three Ecological Reserves including the Witless Bay
Seabird Sanctuary, Mistaken Point and the Avalon Wilderness Area
- Colony of Avalon archaeological dig at Ferryland
- 8 historic lighthouses
In the summer
and fall, and even late spring, when the icebergs and whales are numerous,
Newfoundland has some of the best hiking weather anywhere. The cool breezes off
the Atlantic Ocean and the crisp, clean island air make any hike, easy or
strenuous, more enjoyable. The best time to come is from April to November.
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