On the eastern fringe of Canada, along Newfoundland’s famed Avalon Peninsula, there exists a remarkable hiking path, the East Coast Trail. Named “one of the best adventure destinations” by National Geographic in 2012, it continues to grow every year. This remarkable long-distance footpath is made up of 26 wilderness paths that trace the east coast of Newfoundland intersecting many of the small coastal towns nestled in the surrounding bays. We’re not hiking the 300km and we’re not hiking all 26 paths. What we are doing is the best of the best. We’ll hike 7 to 8 of the paths while staying in 2 lovely inns/homes – one nestled in the cliffs of Quidi Vidi and the other in the heart of the quiet fishing village of Petty Harbour. From our accommodation, we’ll head out each day to experience the uniqueness of this region. Each path is different – some are strolls through stunted boreal forests and others are more rugged climbs alongside the sea and across “weather-lashed” headlands. Whales and icebergs, lighthouses and waterfalls – July is a great month to see it all.
After 4 days of hiking on the East Coast Trail, we’ll head up to Trinity Bight – “a magical place of history and heritage, of music and merriment, of character and charm.” The twelve communities that make up the Trinity Bight are “gems”, described by some as the “most historically-significant communities in the province”. From our heritage Inn in Port Rexton, we’ll explore these picturesque outports with the help of the locals. We’ll hike the internationally renowned Skerwink Trail, whale watch in Trinity Bay, visit the small craft brewery in the heart of Port Rexton, and become honorary Newfoundlanders by kissing the cod and drinking the rum!
We are privileged to have the wonderful and talented Barbara Doran as our guide. An award-winning filmmaker, Barbara is a proud Newfoundlander who looks forward to showing us the best of the best.
July 14 to July 22, 2019
Sunday July 14th – Fly in to St. John’s, NFLD. Hike a short path to stretch our legs (8.2km). A welcome dinner and overnight stay in the quaint & iconic fishing community of Quidi Vidi, a 16th century village nestled in the craggy cliffs of the harbour.
Monday July 15th – Hike 10.5km of the East Coast Trial and then … relax by a fireplace with a glass of wine and let the sounds of the fiddle from the Mallard Cottage Restaurant bring on the evening.
Tuesday July 16th – Hike 14km of the East Coast Trail and end up in Petty Harbour, a picturesque fishing town nestled deep in the heart of Motion Bay. We’ll stay in a restored century home, situated right across from the ocean, with Shelley as our host entertaining us with her Newfoundland cuisine.
Wednesday July 17th – Hike 23km of the East Coast Trail and overnight in Petty Harbour.
Thursday July 18th – Hike 12km of the East Coast Trail with our final night in Petty Harbour and a memorable dinner at Chafe’s Landing, serving only the freshest food that the icy waters of the North Atlantic can provide!
Friday July 19th – Today, we leave the East Coast Trail and head northwest to Port Rexton, one of 12 picturesque outports along the rugged coastline between New Bonaventure and English Harbour. Our home for the next 3 nights is a wonderful traditional Inn overlooking the harbour of Ship Cove. If all goes well, this is where we’ll “kiss a cod”, drink some rum, and … become honorary Newfoundlanders by being “Screeched in”. Stay tuned.
Saturday July 20th – Hike the internationally renowned Skerwink Trail (5.3km). Explore the communities with local celebrity Barbara Doran (a writer, director and producer of internationally acclaimed documentaries) and be entertained with a private showing of her Hollywood hit, The Grand Seduction, filmed right here in her hometown of Trinity Bight.
Sunday July 21st – An exciting morning of Whale Watching in Trinity Bay by two experts/environmentalists in the whale watching industry, Kris and Shawna Prince. The afternoon will include a tour of the Port Rexton Brewery and an evening of story telling by a local legend. Newfoundland at its finest.
Monday July 22nd – Depart to the Airport
$4,200 CAD + HST
- Accommodation in traditional Newfoundland Inns
- Full Guiding on the East Coast Trail
- All Meals
- All Transportation (to/from airport, to/from trailhead, and to/from Trinity Bight)
- Private screening of The Grand Seduction with Barbara Doran, and a half day private charter whale watching expedition.
Price excludes: airfare and insurance
December 28, 2018: Non-Refundable Deposit $1,000 CDN
March 31, 2019: Full Payment $3,200 CDN + HST