East Coast Trail Day Hike

East Coast Trail Day Hike

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
  • Walk a stunning section of the East Coast Trail
  • Step foot on the most eastern point of the continent
  • Pose in front of the most photographed spot in the province
  • Keep an eye out for whales, puffins, and icebergs
  • Gaze upon the islands of Witless Bay Ecological Rerserve
  • Visit the pretty sea-side village of Petty Harbour - and try their fish and chips!

Trip Summary

Get a taste of the beautiful East Coast Trail on the edge of North America. We've chosen two of our favourite day hikes outside of St. John's and are excited to share them with you. We will provide maps, trail notes, and a friendly driver/guide to take you to and from the trailheads, tell stories, and make sure you've packed a good meal for the day. Then you're off to explore at your own pace. Choose between the Cape Spear Path or the trails along WItless Bay Ecological Reserve. Similar in distance and duration, the Cape Spear Path allows you to walk along the most eastern edge of the continent and affords expansive views along the coastline all the way to the charming village of Petty Harbour. Beaches and Tinker's Point Paths are considered slightly easier and they take you along the edge of a seabird reserve with islands of sea bird colonies dotting the horizon until you reach the Cribbies - one of the most photographed spots in Newfoundland! Whichever you choose, keep an eye out for whales and icebergs which both make their way through these waters each season. Can't choose a trail? Why not schedule both into your holiday?

Option #1

This morning, you will be picked up from your accommodation in St. John's by our friendly local driver-guide who is happy to answer questions and tell you a story or two, as all good Newfoundlanders will do! First stop is at Irish Loop Coffee House, where you can grab a coffee/tea and choose from a tasty selection of lunch items to pack into your bag for the day (not included). Once you're all set, we take you to the nearby trailhead, reconfirm your pickup time and location, and set you on your way with maps and information in hand. You'll be hard-pressed to take your eyes off of the scenery as you walk along this gentle coastline. Small islands and Witless Bay Seabird Ecological Reserve dominate the ocean views from the trail. Watch for whales (best time is July/August), icebergs (most likely in June/July), puffins, eagles and more as you head south to one of the most photographed spots in Newfoundland, the Cribbies. These brightly-painted traditional 'saltbox houses' are just beyond the end of the trail and mark your pickup point for the journey back to St. John's. Expect to be back at your accommodations by 6pm.

Meals:  Nil

Option #2

Our friendly driver will pick you up this morning and make a stop to pick up some lunch items in St. John's before heading south of the city. An early morning pickup is possible today, in order to take advantage of sunrise at Cape Spear, the most easterly point of North America. Be the first on the continent to greet the morning sun!* Otherwise, we'll get you there just before the doors open to the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site, perched on a rugged cliff (around 10:30am daily, or Saturdays to Wednesdays only after September 5th). This oldest surviving lighthouse in the province (1836) and an iconic symbol of Newfoundland and Labrador's mariner history consists of a stone light tower surrounded by the lightkeeper's residence.Explore the lighthouse and Second World War gun emplacements before continuing on this beautiful section of the East Coast Trail. The walk back to Petty Harbour is a beautiful outing with a variety of terrain, hills, long views, boardwalked bog crossings, and two river crossings. Pack your windbreaker and be mindful of your footing - The continent's edge is a windy one! Pretty Petty Harbour awaits, where we recommend stopping at the highly-popular Chafe's Landing for their famous fish & chips! A scheduled pickup from the harbour takes you back to your accommodation in St. John's this evening. *NOTE: At certain times of the year, a sunrise visit means a pickup as early as 4am. Contact us to discuss options and details.

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • Friendly transfer service from St. John's to trailhead and return
  • Stop at a cafe to pickup lunch
  • East Coast Trail Section Map (1 per two hikers)
  • Route Notes

What's Not Included

  • Accommodation and meals
  • Guide while hiking (this is a self-guided tour)
  • Entrance fees and optional activities
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Applicable taxes

Upcoming Travel Dates


Duration:1 Days
Province/Territory:Newfoundland and Labrador
Starting Point:St. John's
Activities:Self-guided walking
Trip Code:EDH
Prices From:USD$128
Solo Traveller Supplement:USD$110 
* All prices subject to applicable taxes