East Coast Trail NEWS: July 2022

Spurwink Island Path

Gord Follett

Aug 15, 2022

East Coast Trail NEWS


The East Coast Trail NEWS is the first issue of our new quarterly newsletter. Its purpose is to inform you of all things related to the maintenance and operation of the ECT. Below you will find a summary of what the ECTA has been up to over the last few months. Click the photos below to open PDF documents and learn more about the exciting things happening at ECT. As we move forward, we are planning to include feature articles on the skills and knowledge you need to safely engage and hike the trail across the seasons.

Hiking benefits the whole body and is for all ages & stages of life. The East Coast Trail is simply amazing with its endless raw natural beauty that is second to none in the world. Best of all, it is right here in your backyard waiting for you to get out and enjoy.

While hiking and access to our beautiful coastline are free, we must remember that ECTA is a not-for-profit, member-based, volunteer-driven and managed registered charity. Our volunteers provide their time and expertise for free, however, we also need funding to acquire the critical resources that are essential for the development, maintenance and protection of the trail.

For all of you who are current members of the Association, your continued and ongoing support is greatly appreciated and required.  For those of you who are not members please consider taking out a membership today, and encourage your family and friends to join us as well, or make a donation. The ECT is a resource that will keep on giving for generations to come as long as we provide the loving care, protection, and management it requires.

Get on the trail, become part of something special, and help us make a difference. A reminder for all hikers: there are no open fires permitted on the East Coast Trail.

Randy Murphy
President, East Coast Trail Association




Quidi Vidi Brewery x East Coast Trail


During the last few months, we have partnered and worked closely together with Quidi Vidi Brewery to bring to you the East Coast Trail Pathfinder IPA beer, which Quidi Vidi Brewery released at the end of June. The partnership aims to be mutually beneficial for both parties, with cross-promotion between entities allowing for Quidi Vidi Brewery’s beer drinkers to become increasingly aware of the ECT, and our hikers to learn more about St. John’s oldest craft brewery. Further, Quidi Vidi Brewery will be making a donation to the ECT both through the use of the Taproom for event space as well as a monetary contribution. Read more.



Trail Work Update


Trail Crews Hard at Work

We have three eight-person work crews hired for this construction season, made possible thanks to increased funding from ACOA, the province, and specific municipalities this year.  One crew is assigned to routine trail maintenance, while the other two crews will be working on path upgrades for the Tinkers Point Path and the Bear Cove Island Path throughout the summer and fall. Read more.


Volunteer Maintenance Outings

After three weather-related cancellations, our first two Volunteer Maintenance Outings of the season were finally able to take place on June 25 and July 9 on Stiles Cove Path and Flamber Head Path, respectively! Volunteer crews trimmed branches, cut down alders, and dispersed slash throughout the trails. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the volunteer crews for their hard work – they did a great job, especially considering the warm and humid conditions. Read more. 

Hiking Etiquette

There are no open fires permitted on the East Coast Trail. Carry a backpack/camping stove if you are planning to cook while on the trail.


Staff and Volunteer Hiring


Rebecca Casey

Rebecca joined the ECTA team in June as our Assistant Business Manager. After completing her Master of Science in Sustainable Destination Development at Uppsala University, Sweden focusing on sustainable entrepreneurship for destination development and sustainable nature-based destinations. Welcome to the team, Rebecca! Read more.
Trail Management Specialist
We are excited to currently be in the midst of hiring a Trail Management Specialist. The position is for a one-year term and will work closely with the Trail Management and Community Relations Committees to manage the Association’s Geographic Information System (GIS), and to support community outreach with landowners and municipalities. We look forward to welcoming another new member to our team soon.

Vacant VP Positions

Guided Hike Leader Recruitment



Renew Your Membership


Make a Donation


Trail Shop

Trail Raiser Community Hike 2022

Official Path Opening 2022

Awards Night 2022

2021-22 Annual Report


Long Shore Path, 17.2km from Topsail Beach to Portugal Cove