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Hiking Newfoundland's East Coast Trail

8 Days & 7 Nights 4 Read 1 reviews
  • Hike the wild and raw coast of the Avalon Peninsula on the East Coast Trail
  • Enjoy genuine Newfoundland charm and hospitality in locally run seaside B&Bs
  • Savor home-cooked meals starring local seafood, vegetables, and foraged foods
  • Spot whales and otters from shore, or on a boat tour in Witless Bay Preserve
  • Explore authentic villages, where locals become friends and time slows down
The East Coast Trail, a 300 km footpath along the meandering coastline of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, beckons adventurous hikers. Walk between vibrantly coloured fishing villages, watch for the breath of a whale from a rocky headland, and picnic on a deserted beach. In the north, the trail winds in and out of turquoise bays, crawls over vertical sea cliffs, and delivers you to a cosy B&B for a home-cooked meal. Visit Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America, and the Witless Bay Ecological Preserve where you can take a boat tour, or just keep an eye out for seals, icebergs, and puffins from the trail as it hugs the Atlantic Ocean. Unique sea stacks, deep harbours crisscrossed by generations-old fishing boats, and a 150-foot suspension bridge will round out the southern reaches of your trek. But in addition to the spectacular vistas and varied topography, it’s the people you meet along the way who will show you the real Newfoundland, and they won’t be easily forgotten.
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What To Expect

This moderate coastal walk offers an adventurous and authentic Newfoundland experience. The East Coast Trail is a 300+ km collection of separate paths, but this week-long distillation hits all the best sections. You should have hiking experience as the path conditions vary and can be rugged, wet, and remote. If you’re interested in exploring Newfoundland by foot, you prefer watching wildlife from a blueberry barren, and you think lunch tastes better on a picnic, this is the itinerary for you!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.


Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Multi-Generational, Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wildlife
  • Coastal & Island

Grade & Terrain

The hiking on this trip is moderate. Hikes will typically take 4-6 hours, averaging 7-9 miles over rolling coastal terrain. The East Coast Trail is a collection of paths on dirt, gravel, rock, and wooden boardwalks – although they are maintained by the ECTA there is a possibility of washed out, eroded, muddy, or loose trail conditions. For your safety and out of respect for the environment, please always stay on the trail. Be aware that many of these trails are not traveled by a large volume of people and you may find yourself out for several hours without seeing anyone.

At times you will be on coastal trails where the forces of wind and waves have caused erosion and cliffs can be overhanging. Always obey trail signage regarding exposed areas and stay a safe distance from cliff edges.


Navigating is easy using the Macs Adventure Navigation App. Your daily hikes will be mapped in the app with GPX tracks, route notes, and turn-by-turn directions. All of these resources are available to download for offline use, which is important as cell phone and Wi-Fi service are not reliable for parts of this tour. You will also have 24/7 telephone support from us here at Macs Adventure.

In addition to your digital resources, we will provide East Coast Trail Association maps for the paths you will be walking.

Experience & Fitness

This moderate coastal walk offers an adventurous and authentic Newfoundland experience. The East Coast Trail is a 300+ km collection of separate paths, but this week-long distillation hits all the best sections. You should have hiking experience as the path conditions vary and can be rugged, wet, and remote. If you’re interested in exploring Newfoundland by foot, you prefer watching wildlife from a blueberry barren, and you think lunch tastes better on a picnic, this is the itinerary for you!

Accommodation Information

Stay 7 nights in hand-picked accommodations, chosen for their charm and comfort. While your nightly lodging will vary greatly, all provide a unique character, excellent service, and a warm welcome. Please note that some are small converted homes and may have shared bathrooms.

As a summer destination with a short operating season, lodging in this region fills early. Booking early allows the best chance of securing your dates.

Single Rooms

This trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required. If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us during booking so we can request this option; this may not be available in all locations. The tour is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of some of the terrain.


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on this tour, with the exception of dinner on the final night. Just as your B&Bs will vary, so will the meals provided by your hosts. All will be hearty, healthy, filling, and sourced locally when possible (seafood, for example). Dinners are typically served family-style, whereas breakfast and lunch are more self-serve. Because you’ll be on the trail each day, your lunch and snacks will be taken picnic-style. An example of the meals provided would be a breakfast of yogurt, granola, fruit, homemade bread and jam, hardboiled eggs, coffee, tea, and juice; a lunch of sandwiches (build your own), nuts, and energy bars to go; and a dinner of salad, fresh cod, potatoes and carrots, and ice cream with berries. Menus at all B&B rotate regularly. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking so that your hosts may prepare meals accordingly. Your final dinner in St. John’s is not included. This allows you to choose from available restaurants. There will be suggestions for food and drink in your route notes, and your hosts are always happy to make suggestions.

Extra Nights

You may opt to add extras nights during this itinerary as there is plenty more to see, do, and hike in all three destinations. For further details and pricing, please ask us at the time of booking.

  • 7 nights in characterful B&Bs
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • All transfers
  • Baggage transfer between accommodations
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Turn-by turn route notes
  • Macs Adventures Navigation App for mobile phone
  • Donation to East Coast Trail Association
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Travel to/from St. John’s
  • Snacks, alcoholic beverages, and dinner on the final night
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip

When To Go

There are great reasons to travel to Newfoundland throughout the hiking season! In May and June, you will have a higher chance of seeing icebergs as they are carried south on ocean currents. Puffins and whales can be spotted most frequently from mid-May to mid-September, with the whale watching season typically at its peak from mid-June.  If it’s berries and warmer weather you’re after, August is a great time to visit. And lastly, if you’re looking for solitude and perfect hiking temperatures, September and October are crisp, cool, and quiet. Do be aware that spring and fall weather does come with the potential for variant trail conditions. There may be standing water on the trail and light obstacles, so we do recommend prior hiking experience prior to travelling early or late season. If you’re not sure when to travel, have a chat with our Destination & Adventure Specialists for more advice.


This tour is available from May through October. We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized as this destination is popular in the summer months and availability is limited. Please note you can start this tour on any day of the week.

Getting to the Start

Fly into and out of St. John’s International Airport (YYT). There are direct flights from/to many Canadian cities, as well as London and Dublin.  We will provide instructions for meeting your transfer driver at the airport.

General Information

We will arrange transfers between the airport and your first and last accommodations, as well as between different accommodations, with our local transportation partner. Any local pick-ups and drop-offs at trailheads will be done by your hosts.


For US citizens traveling Canada for less than 180 days, no visa is required. You are required to have a valid passport with a blank passport page.

For non-US citizens travelling to Canada, an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) is required to enter. For more information about the eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website. See Entry requirements.

Trail Donation

Book a trip to Newfoundland and a $50/person donation will be given to the East Coast Trail Association. The East Coast Trail Association is a non-profit organization that oversees all trail development and maintenance. Your donation will support the outstanding work that they do.


Our pre-departure information pack includes a detailed equipment list on what to take with you. This includes warm and cold weather gear, hiking boots, rain gear, and lots of other specifics. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to share our own top tips and advice.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit our travel insurance page by clicking this link.

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Day 1 Arrive St. John’s Day 2 Hike Stiles Cove Path - 9 miles 9 miles / 15 km Day 3 Hike Blackhead and Cape Spear Paths - 9 miles 9 miles / 15 km Day 4 Hike Beaches and Tinker Point Paths or Optional Wildlife Boat Tour and Hike Mickeleen’s Path - 8 mil 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Hike Flamber Head Path - 7 miles 7 miles / 12 km Day 6 Hike Spurwink Island Path to Berry Head - 9 miles 9 miles / 15 km Day 7 Hike Caplin Bay Path and free evening St. John’s - 6 miles 6.5 miles / 10.5 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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