Wildlife and Nature
East Coast Trail
Hike the Trail
The East Coast Trail offers a genuine coastal wilderness hiking experience. Encounters with seabirds, ocean wildlife, and land animals such as moose, caribou, foxes or coyotes are a possibility for all hikers.
Barrett & MacKay
Town of CBS
The presence of wildlife attracts recreational activities such as hunting and trapping. Licensed hunting and trapping is permitted in areas that may be on or near the trail. During hunting season, wear bright clothing, carry a whistle to communicate with hunters and, as always, hike with care.
Bears are rarely observed on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, where the East Coast Trail is located.
Be safe, be seen, and happy Hiking!
Insects and Wasps
Mosquitoes and blackflies generally arrive in June, but are not as prevalent near the coast.
Over-the-counter spray or cream can be used to prevent mosquito stings.
Clothing that covers the skin is best to prevent blackfly bites.
Wasps in Newfoundland tend to make their nests in July to September. Here are some tips to help you safely navigate wasp season in Newfoundland:
- When crossing bridges or boardwalks, please walk gently as wasps often like making their nests in these areas.
- If the wasps are disturbed or swarming, move back on the path and wait until they settle down (usually a few minutes)
- Always carry insect bite & sting supplies in your first aid kit, especially if you have an allergy.
- If you are reporting a wasp nest location on the Path please provide an accurate (detailed) location. Reports can be made by phone by calling 709-738-4453 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
As wasp nests are reported to the East Coast Trail Association, advisories of the nests will be posted to our Facebook page. Hikers should be mindful that there are more than likely other wasp nests that have not been reported to us.
Piccos Ridge Path
Stiles Cove Path
Dogs on the Trail
Tinkers Point Path
Plants and Berries
While hiking on sections of the East Coast Trail, you may encounter a variety of vegetation including plants and berries.
We kindly ask all hikers to please leave plants undisturbed. However, hikers may feel free to pick berries along the trail. Some of the most commonly picked berries in the province: blueberries, strawberries, cranberries and partridgeberries.