Things to do

The East Coast Trail…Literally at your Doorstep!

Cape St. Francis to Cappahayden
265 km of developed trail as of June 2012
The stunning East Coast Trail is located on the east coast of Canada along the scenic shores of the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Developed Trail
265 km of the Trail have been hardened to a world class hiking standard: 45 km from Cape St. Francis south to historic St. John’s, and 220 km from Fort Amherst, St. John’s to Cappahayden on the beautiful southern shore. It is equipped with trail signage, maps and supporting trail information to enhance your hiking experience along our shores and through the wilderness. This section of Trail consists of a series of 24 paths each with a northern and a southern trailhead that is marked with distinctive signage. Each of these paths can be hiked as an individual experience. Each Path has been assigned a difficulty rating of either Easy, Moderate, Difficult, or Strenuous. Use of ECTA maps is highly recommended for locating trailheads, learning about distances and understanding how we rate the level of difficulty of each individual paths.

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Signal Hill

St. John’s most popular landmark, Signal Hill, recalls the town’s historic past and communications triumph, as well as offering coastal hikes and colourful performances, against sweeping views overlooking the Atlantic.

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Fort Amherst

Fort Amherst is located on the south side of The Narrows in St. John’s harbour. It is a spot where many go to whale watch and view icebergs. But for those adventurous enough to jump over the fence and climb down the steep cliffs, will find the remains of a WWII battery complex that consist of many rooms, stairways, old artillery guns, and much more. Its location and relative ease of access makes it a popular and great place for urban explorers.

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Cape Spear

Stark white Cape Spear Lighthouse pierces a sky swirling with seabirds atop a craggy headland. It overlooks a vast expanse of indigo ocean where glittering processions of icebergs glide by, Humpback whales breach and pods of porpoises send misty spouts into the Atlantic air.

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Quidi Vidi

Quidi Vidi Village—pronounced “Kiddy Viddy” by most—is a historic fishing village just beyond Quidi Vidi Lake. This is where the famous annual St. John’s Regatta takes place each summer. The village is a little sheltered corner of the east coast, with a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean from inside the gut. Quidi Vidi Village was used after World War II for the construction of the United States’ Air Force Base. Nowadays, however, the village is a quiet community, where you can walk from one end to the other in five minutes flat.

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Whale Watching

Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the most spectacular whale watching places in the world. 22 species of whales, including the minke, sperm, pothead, blue, orca, and the world’s largest population of humpbacks, feed on capelin, krill and squid along the coast. Between May and September, these whales can be seen breaching the surface of the water and playing along our shores.

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When it comes to viewing icebergs, this is one of the best places in the world. On a sunny day, view these 10,000-year-old glacial giants from many points along the northern and eastern coasts – in every shape and size. With colours ranging from snow-white to the deepest aquamarine.

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Known for our seafood and traditional dishes, this place offers an exciting world of dining options ranging from international flavours to local delights. Though the fishery originated in the eastern region of Newfoundland, you’ll find fresh, delicious seafood in practically every corner of the province.

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Take a stroll down any main street of any town across Newfoundland and Labrador and you’re bound to find something that’s one of a kind. For the past 500 years, we’ve used our inventiveness and curiosity to create the most unique arts and crafts – everything from fine art to hooked rugs to elegant stoneware pottery that reflects the land and sea that surrounds us.

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