From the lively streets of St. John’s to charming fishing villages and cliffside walks, the Trail in Newfoundland and Labrador has something for hikers of all levels.
Experienced hikers will meet their match on the internationally renowned East Coast Trail, which runs along the rugged Atlantic coastline of the province. Further inland, trail explorers can trace the province’s railroad history and discover welcoming communities along the Newfoundland T’Railway.
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East Coast Trail
The East Coast Trail is over 300 km long and passes through the historic communities of Topsail Beach, Cape St. Francis and Cappahayden. Check out the Trans Canada Trail’s Point Zero East at Cape Spear and take in the views of the Cape Spear Lighthouse – a National Historic Site, towering cliffs, sea stacks and fjords.
Silver Mine Head Path offers a great hiking experience that starts off on a sandy beach and continues through coastal woods to Motion River (North Pond Brook). At North Pond Brook, cross a pedestrian bridge to take in beautiful ocean vistas and check out the lovely waterfall. In Middle Cove Beach Park, keep an eye out for marine life and enjoy incredible coastal views of Torbay Point and Flatrock. The La Manche Village Path is an easy hike that ends at the former settlement of La Manche, at the 50-metre suspension bridge.
The East Coast Trail offers so many paths to choose from! Note that the paths do not loop, so consider the length and difficulty rating when choosing a hike.
Starting out in L’Anse au Clair and following the coastline to near Pinware, the Pioneer Footpath runs for 60 kilometres in a wilderness setting through beautiful Labrador. Follow traditional walking routes along the Labrador Straits, passing through Forteau, Fox Cove, l’Anse au Loup and Battery Trailhead en route to Pinware. This Trail section features a natural, firm surface.
Enjoy gorgeous coastal views and be on the lookout for whales and icebergs! Interpretive panels along this Trail section showcase the region’s environment and culture. At Point Amour, visit the historic lighthouse, standing 33 metres tall. In L’Anse au Loup, stop for a snack or take a break to check out the Labrador Straits Museum and Craft Shop. In Pinware, the Pinware River Provincial Park is definitely worth a stop, with a lovely beach, cycling trails and bird watching, not to mention the stunning views.
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