Spurwink Island Path

Gord Follett

Jan 2, 2014


Thursday, January 2, 2014

And the Survey Says
We are not quite there with the results but we’ve been busy since July asking people what they think of the ECT. The hiker survey took place from July to October with over a 1000 hiker intercepts on the trail followed by 400 online surveys. Interviewers were stationed at a selection of trailheads to find out who is using the trail, which paths are being used the most, and how much money people spend as a result of their use of the trail. In November, business and householder surveys got underway to gauge the level of awareness and value of the trail. Close to 800 households and 50 businesses are being surveyed. The surveys are part of the 2013 Economic Impact Study that will allow the ECTA to measure the contribution that the East Coast Trail is making to the economy of the province and the Avalon region. In addition, feedback from hikers, businesses and households will be of enormous benefit to future ECTA planning.

Watch for new brochure coming in 2014
Here’s a sneak peek at our new promotional brochure. This fresh, new design contains lots of information, great photos and most importantly for those wanting to pick a trail to hike – a map showing the full trail with path distances and hike times. The brochure will be distributed province wide for pick up at ferry terminals, airport, tourism kiosks, municipalities and local B&Bs. Big thanks to volunteers Chris Fell, Mike Mouland, Tali Smith, Robbie Hicks, and Joy Lawrie who between them conceived of the project and researched, wrote, designed, selected photos, edited and managed it to completion. Thanks also to ECTA Board member Ed Hayden for his keen eye and editing skills

Congratulations to Robert Gill
Robert hiked the entire distance of the East Coast Trail from Cape St. Francis to Cappahayden. Robert started in January 2013 and finished his last hike in November for a total of 27 individual hikes covering a distance of 363 km ( that includes trail and community roads to and from vehicle). Well done Robert!

Recycle and Donate to the East Coast Trail
Did you know  that you can bring your recycling to Evergreen Recycling and contribute the funds to the account of East Coast Trail. This program generates much needed funding to support the work of the ECTA. Call the office to get your own pre-coded Evergreen Recycling card.