Press Release: 2023 Trail Raiser Community Hike

Spurwink Island Path

Gord Follett

Jun 1, 2023

Press Release: 2023 Trail Raiser Community Hike

June 1, 2023, St. John’s – Join us this Saturday, June 3rd, as we celebrate International Trails Day and the East Coast Trail (ECT), with our members, trail users, the Town of Pouch Cove and all the communities located along the trail. 

The East Coast Trail Association (ECTA) invites everyone to join us on Saturday and show your support and love for the ECT. The day will feature six hikes and two trail runs on Stiles Cove Path, Biscan Cove Path, and the White Horse Path. Hikers and runners will join together for a day of community and celebration in support of the ECTA, which manages, maintains, protects, and enhances the 336 kilometres wilderness hiking trail on the eastern edge of the Avalon Peninsula.  

The post-hike party will celebrate all aspects of the ECT community by showcasing local food, including baked beans, toutons, and fish cakes prepared by WaterWitch Restaurant located in Pouch Cove. Plus, our mini concert, which is new this year, will be hosted by Gerri-Lynn Mackey and Ben Murphy from the VOCM Morning Show, and will feature entertainment from Zak Chaulk, Delf Hohmann, Ana & Eric, and Nico Paulo! 

This event is all about bringing people and communities together to share their stories. The ECT and  our trail communities are a place for connection, a place to be proud of, a place where everyone becomes part of a connected community.  This year we are pleased to announce that we will be joined by the Ukrainian Hikers NL Team, a group of 50 newcomers to this province and their families, to celebrate International Trails day and new beginnings in Newfoundland & Labrador.  

We will award prizes to recognize our top fundraisers and draw prizes for all registered participants, all donated by businesses along the ECT and throughout the province, It will be a day to remember in Pouch Cove, on the East Coast Trail, and you will not want to miss it! To register and learn more, visit:


About East Coast Trail
The East Coast Trail (ECT) is a 336 km market-ready, pedestrian, coastal trail that runs along the eastern edge of the Avalon Peninsula between Topsail Beach and Cappahayden. The East Coast Trail Association is a member-based, volunteer-driven and managed registered charity. The Association’s mission is to develop, maintain, enhance and protect the ECT for future generations while respecting the integrity of our natural environment, the needs of our communities and delivering a high-quality wilderness hiking experience. 

About the Ukrainian Hikers NL Team: 
The Ukrainian Hikers are a group of 50 newcomers, plus their families, who want to participate in community activities in order to engage with local residents, and have a shared experience, as they work towards becoming more integrated in our community and building a new life here in the province. Their participation in the Trail Raiser Community Hike is sponsored by: the Penney Group, JSM Electrical Ltd., and the Newfoundland & Labrador Multiculturalism Grant Program.

About Ukrainian NL and the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada – Avalon Branch
The Ukrainian NL and UNF-Avalon are two organizations working together to support the development of Ukrainian / Ukrainian-Canadian culture here in the province of Newfoundland & Labrador.  Their aim is to help bring the Ukrainian community together, to have meaningful discussions within it, to understand what it needs, to make voices heard, and to help build cultural infrastructure important to any community. Learn more here:

Nico Paulo:
Delf Hohmann
Zak Chaulk
Ana & Eric
Gerri-Lynn and Ben

Trail Raiser Community Hike Sponsors 
ExxonMobil – Event Sponsor
The Outfitters Adventure Gear & Apparel – Adventure Sponsor
Town of Pouch Cove – Community Sponsor

To arrange an interview, please contact:
Julia Penney
Business Manager, ECTA
(t) 709-738-4453 (c) 709-325-7284