East Coast Trail, St. John's

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Step into the wilderness with a hike along one of the many paths that make up the 540 km (360 mi) East Coast Trail. With over 265 km (165 mi) of the trail developed with signage, maps, and difficulty levels, you can choose one of the 24 paths to suit your ability. Begin from the historic city of St. Johns and head north or south to discover a dramatically diverse landscape of lighthouses, abandoned settlements, caribou herds, and icebergs, all accompanied by spectacular views. Be sure to include the natural sea-driven geyser nicknamed “The Spout” into your itinerary. Or, head to Cape Spear to stand at the easternmost point in North America. Over 30 communities are scattered throughout the trail, providing spots to take a break, have a meal, and meet the locals. Plan to visit East Coast Trail and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended St. John's attractions using our St. John's online vacation planner .
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  • September 29, 2017
    We took the Irish Loop, but the roads were so bad, we were constantly watching the roads for huge pothole, that we missed a lot of the scenery. In the end, we missed one huge pothole, and wreaked a ti...  more »
  • September 17, 2017
    Sturdy shoes, walking sticks, some water with a snack and away you go. Rocks that touch the sky, sounds that capture the heart, the wind and water to sooth your soul.  more »
  • September 12, 2017
    Several small fishing communities, B&Bs and great views along the way...Avalon outdoor music fest was well attended  more »

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Where to stay in St. John's

To appreciate the history and colorful architecture of North America's oldest colonial city, there's no better place to stay than in the city center. This popular neighborhood displays the city's iconic, brightly painted Victorian houses, with a selection of guesthouses and inns clustered around Government House. Staying just west of the city center, near the Memorial University of Newfoundland, works as a pleasant alternative, with the expansive Pippy Park right at your doorstep.
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