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There's something about Newfoundland and Labrador that nurtures your mind, body, and soul. Here you’ll find 29,000 kilometres of pristine coastline, dotted with beaches, sea stacks, and close to 300 hiking and walking trails, including historic footpaths between abandoned fishing communities. Along the way, if the timing is right, you’ll see seabirds, whales, and icebergs. And keep an eye out for moose and boreal songbirds as you connect with the unspoiled wilderness. 

Discover our 16 Popular Hikes

In the areas listed below, walkers and hikers will find collections of trails that offer a variety of experiences, distances, and degrees of difficulty. There are urban strolls, coastal hikes, backcountry expeditions, and a sunset walk to a lookout and back.

1. Green Gardens, Gros Morne National Park

Green Gardens is full of adventure and varied views, beginning on the open serpentine barrens of the Tablelands and descending through boreal forest to a vibrant volcanic seacoast. Spend the day winding your way to the shore and explore the coves, beaches, and sea stacks.

2. Burnt Hill Trail, Gros Morne National Park

A short, easy hike that takes you on a 360º loop of the hill with several picnic areas and viewpoints. This beautiful, scenic trail provides lots of photo opportunities. Perfectly suited for a leisurely evening or morning stroll.

3. The East Coast Trail

Located along the scenic shores of the Avalon Peninsula, a National Geographic Traveler ‘Top Coastal Destination’. The trail offers 265 kilometres of salt-scoured seaside trails through 30 coastal communities. From Portugal Cove to Cape St. Francis through St. John’s to Capphayden, there are more than 300 kilometres of trails to explore. Each trail with distinctive topography, history, and surprises – like a geyser powered by the waves and the first sunrise in North America

4. The Skerwink Trail, Trinity East

Near Trinity, this 5.3-kilometre coastal trail features beaches, arches, and sea stacks with off-kilter names like Music Box and Flat Fish. It’s walkable from spring to fall, which conveniently coincides with the best times to watch for whales and icebergs. Eagles and seabirds can be spotted as well. A Travel + Leisure ‘Top Walk’.

5. North Head Trail, Signal Hill

Start atop Signal Hill National Historic Site, and descend via boardwalk stairs and footpaths to the Narrows of St. John's Harbour and into the colourful community of the Battery. For a popular challenge, start instead in the Battery, and climb the trail to the top – nearly 500 feet above you! Named one of the ‘World’s Greatest Walks’ by Rodales Organic Life.

6. Malady Head Trail, Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova National Park, near Clarenville, is home to more than 50 kilometres of trails, including this serene walk through a mature black spruce forest carpeted by moss (about a 6-kilometre return). Although it does get a bit steep at the end, the views are worth it, and it’s a great trail for the family.

7. Torngat Mountains National Park

Torngat Mountains National Park in northern Labrador offers extreme beauty and remote adventure, and an escape from the ordinary. Stay at the Base Camp and Research Station before setting out along ancient tracks in a subarctic wilderness. Experience unmatched spiritual and cultural encounters in a wild, remote setting.

8. Copper Mine to Cape Hiking Trail, York Harbour

The Copper Mine to Cape Trail ascends 650 metres to the top of the Blow-Me-Down Mountains. The trail extends 3.8 kilometres into the mountain range, where it joins the Newfoundland section of the International Appalachian Trail. Showcasing some of the finest views in western Newfoundland, this moderate trail is a rewarding hike.

9. The Labrador Pioneer Footpath

This 65-kilometre coastal trail combines a series of traditional walking paths along the shore of the Labrador Strait, running between L’Anse-au-Clair and Pinware. Once the only land link between these communities, you can look out for shipwrecks, whales, icebergs, and Atlantic Canada’s tallest lighthouse.

10. The Grand Concourse & Downtown St. John’s

The Grand Concourse is a vast network of walkways and trails winding through St. John’s and connecting Mount Pearl, Paradise, and many other communities in the region. Downtown St. John’s – made up of Duckworth Street, Water Street, and Harbour Drive – makes for a fine day out, twacking along the some of the oldest streets in North America and exploring the waterfront.

11. The Stream Trail, Corner Brook

Corner Brook’s Stream Trail network travels throughout downtown and the surrounding area, enhanced by pedestrian bridges, staircases, walkways, viewing platforms, and rest areas. Enjoy a walk through the striking natural beauty of the province’s westernmost city. Download their app to your phone for a guided tour experience.

12. Shoreline Heritage Walking Trail, Bay Roberts

This 6-kilometre coastal walk wanders along sheer cliffs, sweeps of beach, sheltered coves, and craggy headlands. From cliffs, coves, beaches, and headlands see whales follow capelin, squid, and other fish into the bay, especially in June and July. There are also two guided musical tours hosted on the trail.

13. Erin Mountain Trail, Barachois Pond Provincial Park

A family hike in two parts. Take the easy trail over boardwalk to the lower lookout and try to spot a moose crossing the bogs. Head to the top of Erin Mountain on the more challenging trail through brush and in some places over rock. Make sure you pace the hike to your ability so it remains fun. At the summit of 340 metres, you’ll be well rewarded with a panoramic view of St. George's Bay and the blue waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Behind you is the top of the Long Range Mountains.

14. Black Head Trail, Dildo Run Provincial Park

An easy, yet rewarding, 4-kilometre return trail that follows the coastline to Black Head. It begins winding through a dense boreal forest, and ends with a staircase to the top of a barren headland with a platform that offers a spectacular view of Dildo Run and some of its 365 islands.

15. Lion’s Den Trail, Fogo

North of the town of Fogo, you’ll find a well-marked trail to take you past the former communities of Lion's Den, Lock's Cove, Shoal Tickle, and Eastern Tickle. These towns were resettled in the 1930s. No structures remain but there are information boards along the way.

16. Birchy Nuddick Trail, L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

After a trip to the Visitor Centre to learn about the Norse visitors to Newfoundland, hike the Birchy Nuddick Trail. Skirt the shoreline of Muddy Cove and head back toward Skin Pond along this 2-kilometre path. Enjoy spectacular views of bog and barrens in a landscape where little has changed since Viking time. Watch out for moose, as you never know when one may wander along.

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Experience Walking Festivals

Trails, Tales & Tunes

Going for a brisk walk over spectacular terrain is a great way to work up an appetite. Combine that with a bit of music and some friendly people and you’ve got Trails, Tales and Tunes, a walking festival held every spring in Gros Morne National Park. 

Roots, Rants & Roars

Each September, this festival takes over Elliston on the Bonavista Peninsula. The highlight is a 5-kilometre looped hike with stops along the way for scrumptious delicacies prepared by master chefs.

Feather & Folk Nature Festival

Codroy Valley puts its best food forward with the Feather and Folk Nature Festival, complete with scavenger hunt, nature walk, and BBQ.

The Gathering

This annual event in Burlington is a food, comedy, and music festival hosted by comedian Shaun Majumder, and features food hikes and catered picnics.

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Coastal Trails

Long before cars, if you wanted to go to the next community along the coast, you walked or sailed. That’s why we have hundreds of kilometres of coastal trails. From short strolls to multi-day expeditions, you’ll find plenty to choose from.

Town & City Treks

Many towns around the province maintain short- to medium-length trails. While some, like the Grand Concourse in St. John’s, and the Stream Trail in Corner Brook, offer a vast network of integrated walking trails, others are much more modest. Ask a local where the trails are wherever you go, and maybe they’ll join you on a stroll.

Backcountry Hikes

Both Gros Morne and Terra Nova National Park have backcountry trails that take two or three days to hike. The International Appalachian Trail in western Newfoundland is pure backcountry, where you’re more likely to meet a moose than another hiker. Torngat Mountains National Park is another world entirely. Hikes here are led by Inuit polar bear guards along routes that their ancestors first used many, many generations ago.

Provincial & National Parks

Our National and Provincial Parks provide a number of excellent walking and hiking experiences. Try the aptly named Governor’s Staircase in Blow Me Down Provincial Park, the Lookout in Butter Pot Provincial Park, or the Green Gardens Trail in Gros Morne National Park.

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