Shank’s Mare and a Comfy Bed: East Coast Trail in Newfoundland

Trail marker on East Coast Trail, Newfoundland and Labrador

East Coast Trail in Newfoundland and Labrador Credit: Ann Britton Campbell

On the eastern fringe of Canada, where the rough-and-tumble Atlantic Ocean meets the hard rock and good people of Newfoundland and Labrador, there exists a remarkable hiking trail.

The East Coast Trail is long–540 kilometres–yet is parcelled into manageable day hikes. It follows one coastline, but delivers gobsmackingly varied terrain. It feels remote, yet runs so close to the city of St. John’s and between smaller communities that accommodations and eateries are never far away.

Continue reading this article in up! magazine.


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