East Coast Trail

La Manche, Newfoundland And Labrador






The East Coast Trail is a 540 kilometres (340 mi) long-distance footpath located in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Major attractions include the Spout, a natural water spout created by wave action along the rocky coast, coastal barachois formations, and a suspension bridge near the abandoned community of La Manche. 265 kilometres (165 mi) of the trail (between Cape St. Francis and Cappahayden) are fully mapped and have proper signage. The remaining 275 kilometres (171 mi) of the trail are accessible to the public, but are unsigned and considered to be under construction.


Starting from the historic city of St. John's, you can head north or south over 265 kilometers of developed trail. 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.


The East Coast Trail (ECT) is a long-distance coastal footpath located in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a developed trail over 300 kilometres (190 mi) long, creation of which began in 1994. It is made up of 26 linked wilderness paths and passes through more than 30 communities. It was named one of the best adventure destinations by National Geographic in 2012 and is extended and improved yearly.

Maintained by the East Coast Trail Association and located primarily on public lands, the trail follows the east coast of Newfoundland along the Atlantic Ocean. The path passes through many small coastal outports (villages) in the bays of the Avalon Peninsula. The trail runs from Topsail Beach, north to Cape St. Francis, then south through St. John's, and continues south as far as Cappahayden. It is intended that the trail will eventually be extended to Trepassey in the south and across to Placentia in the west (from Ferryland).

The trail also passes several National historic sites, including Signal Hill, St. John's, Cape Spear, the easternmost point in North America (ignoring Greenland), and Ferryland, the site of the 17th-century Colony of Avalon. It also passes through La Manche and Chance Cove Provincial Parks. There are seasonal views of icebergs, birds, whales, other marine and plant life, and eight historic lighthouses along the path. The individual sections of the trail range in hiking time from a few hours to a full day; there are some designated camping spots along the trail, though most walkers use local accommodation.

Provided By: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Coast_Trail

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