When it’s a nice day out (I know sometimes it seems like the sun never shines here) there’s nothing better than going for a hike on one of the East Coast Trails. We are so lucky to have a well maintained and beautiful trail system along the coast, and I think sometimes we take it for granted (it has actually been listed as one of the top walking trails in North America!). Having done a few of the trails already I am excited to take on the chance to explore this wonderful province on more of these trails.
It’s going to be interesting because myself and Chris have done a few of these trails already. Cassandra and Evan are newbees at it and we’re excited to bring them along and share these incredible hikes with them. So I am making a list on which hikes we’d like to do to try to keep us on track and get them checked off!
The East Coast Trail Association has a wonderful website which lists all of the trails, where they are, how to get to them, they give stats and guidelines but sometimes it’s hard to know how accurate it is. For example when they say a trail is easy, who’s standards are those based on? An avid hiker or a person who’s just out for a Sunday stroll? (Keeping in mind their ratings tend to be based on how long the hike is.) This is something we are interested in finding out, especially where mine and Chris’ opinions may be different than Evan and Cassandras’ – which can help other people who are looking to explore the trails for themselves!
So enough talking; here is our East Coast Trail Bucket List!
Beaches Path: Witless Bay – Mobile
Length: 7 km one way
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Our Reasons: Since Chris and I recently bought a house in Witless Bay we think this is a perfect opportunity to literally walk out our door and start the hike! It also looks like a beautiful path and we haven’t done this one before.
Mickeleens Path: Bay Bulls – Witless Bay
Length: 7.3 km one way
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Our Reasons: Again, with our recent move to Witless Bay, why not take advantage of the trails around us!
La Manche Village Path: Tors Cove – La Manche
Length: 3.7 plus 1.4 one way
Time: 2 to 3 hours
Our Reasons: It ends at a gorgeous location and this will be a nice hike to share with our friends! Also not too far from the end you can get to a waterfall to cool off in!
Cape Spear Path: Cape Spear – Maddox Cove
Length: 9.3 plus 1 km one way
Time: 4 to 6 hours
Our Reasons: Knowing how beautiful Cape Spear is, we can’t wait to check out this trail to Maddox Cove!
Sugarloaf Path: Logy Bay – Quidi Vidi Village
Length: 8.9 km one way
Time: 3 to 5 hours
Our Reasons: So one Sunday afternoon a few years ago, Chris and I decided to go for a leisurely walk and chose this path. We were not prepared AT ALL for the intensity of it. It was a beautiful walk but we never bothered to look at the difficulty rating. Now being prepared, I’m interested to see how the second time on this ‘Difficult’ hike is.
So here’s to new hiking adventures! Keep in touch to see what we think of these hikes and possibly some more! Also feel free to share your favourite East Coast Trail hikes with us!
*If you’re looking for more information on the East Coast Trials here is their website http://www.eastcoasttrail.ca/