Protecting the East Coast Trail is a shared responsibility.
Did you know the East Coast Trail is not protected by policy or legislation? This leaves the trail subject to many threats. With a growing demand for coastal land, it may not be here for future generations to enjoy – unless legislative protection is secured.
Why the trail deserves protection:
There are over 14,000 visitors completing over 65,000 hikes a year on the trail.
Non-resident hikers contribute over $3.5 million annually to the local communities along the trail, with tourism a key revenue source.
The trail provides recreational facilities to residents and visitors.
The trail is used for training and educational purposes by community groups including Girl Guides, Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants and distance runners.
What the trail needs protection from:
The long term sustainability of the trail is not a challenge that can be solved by the East Coast Trail Association alone.
Currently only 15 meters of coastline is protected under the Lands Act. This limit is not adequate or sustainable.
The trail covers private land and public land. Ensuring its sustainability is a complex and demanding legal challenge for a small charitable organization.