June 17 to July 1, 2017
|Cost||$2,990 (per person)|
|Travel Dates||June 17 to July 1, 2017|
|Description||Join us on “The Rock” – Newfoundland, Canada, for a 15-day/14-night 160 mile hike along the Avalon Peninsula’s East Coast Trail (ECT) – the most easterly hiking trail in North America. Following the rugged shore of the Atlantic Ocean, the ECT will treat us to breathtaking views, towering cliffs and headlands, sea stacks, deep fjords, abandoned settlements, lighthouses, ecological reserves, seabird colonies, whales, and spectacular icebergs. Along the way, we will enjoy the warm hospitality, unique dialect, and engaging stories of the local Newfoundlanders.
Newfoundland, the last province to join Canada in 1948, was first settled by the Norse at L’Anse aux Meadows – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 1000 AD. Around 1500 AD, European explorers and fishermen from England, Portugal, France and Spain began exploration of the island, with the first small permanent settlement established in 1621 AD.
Newfoundland, having a land area of 42,030 square miles, was formed from three areas of the world 400 million years ago by the continental drift – Western Newfoundland from the ancient margin of North America, Central Newfoundland from the ocean floor that lay between North America and Africa, and Eastern Newfoundland from southwestern Europe and North Africa. It is also considered to be the northeastern most extension of the Appalachian mountain system. The most easterly point of North America is found at Cape Spear, just outside of the province’s capital of St. John’s.
Daily hike duration along the ECT is expected to be 6-8 hours (excluding breaks) and the hike will be “self-guided”. Most hikes are classified as strenuous, with daily hike distances averaging 12 miles and elevation gains and losses of up to 1,000 feet. Terrain along the ETC is similar to the Adirondacks – rocky and rooty. Weather, with summer time highs and lows of 67°F and 50°F, will be variable – expect rain, wind, sun, hot and cold – sometimes all in the same day!. Participants on the trip must have a good level of fitness and agility, along with the mental and physical stamina to hike for multiple days in challenging weather conditions. The terrain and climate conditions of the ETC present risk of slips, trips, and falls, and cold/heat exposure.
|Included||14 nights, double occupancy accommodation in hotel (2-nights) and single occupancy in 2-bedroom cabin (12-nights); All breakfasts, trail lunches, and dinners except arrival day and dinner on last day; Transportation to Brown Rabbit Cabins, to and from all trail heads, and taxi from Quidi Vidi to St. John’s Holiday Inn Express; Guiding services – trip is “self-guided” by trip leader; Boat tour – Whale and Puffing watching; All gratuities; Donation of $1 per day per person to the East Coast Trail Association ($14.00)|
|Not Included||Airfare and airport transfers to and from, St John’s International Airport, Newfoundland; Optional activities – Colony of the Avalon. Quidi Vidi Brewing Co.; Group dinner on Friday, June 30th; Cellular voice and data plans – roaming fees may apply.|
|Payment Policy||A deposit of $1,200 is due with the Application forms to register for the trip. The balance of $1,790 is due no later than APRIL 1, 2017.|
|Cancellation Policy||If registrant cancels prior to FEBRUARY 1, 2017, all payments received by ADK minus $100.00 will be refunded. On and after FEBRUARY 1, 2017 refund will only be made if the vacancy can be filled from a waiting list maintained by the leader, if any, and then all but $100.00 will be refunded. Note that there is a $100 registration fee included in the trip deposit which is not refundable if you have to cancel for any reason whatsoever. If the leader decides that this trip is not for you, or the trip is canceled by ADK, all payments received by ADK will be refunded.|
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|Trip Insurance||It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list (if any) you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.|
Day 1: Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Arrival day
Arrive at St John’s International Airport (YYT). Arrange and take airport shuttle to the Holiday Inn Express and Suites St John’s Airport (accommodation included in trip cost). No group meeting/activities this day. No meals included this day.
Day 2: Sunday, June 18, 2017 – Hike Mickeleens Paths; 4.4 miles, 2.5 hours – Easy
Meet for group breakfast and trip briefing at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites at 08:30. Depart at 10:000 “hike ready” – boots on with pack, gear, and water, from Holiday Inn Express travelling to Brown Rabbit Cottages via van arriving at 11:30. Upon arrival we will drop our bags, pick up our trail lunch and travel up to Mickeleens Path in Bay Bulls – a lovely short hike through the woods tossed open by Hurricane Igor in 2010. Along the path we’ll pass by red sandstone cliffs and have views of Witless Bay and the Ecological Reserve. On return to the Brown Rabbit Cottages, we’ll check in, take swim if desired, and meet for dinner at 6:00 pm. Trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 3: Monday, June 19, 2017 – Biscan Cove Path and Stiles Cove Path; 13.4 miles, 7.5 hours – Strenuous
An early start will be in order to travel up to these challenging northern paths. Starting at the lighthouse at Cape St Francis, we’ll hike south passing ridges, fens, cliffs, a waterfall, and off shore islands. Expect cumulative elevation gains and losses of 1,000 feet. Some hiking will be near high cliffs, and on exposed rock steeps. Breakfast, trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 4: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – La Manche Village Path, Flamber Head Path and Brigus Head Path; 14.9 miles, 7.5 hours – Strenuous
An easy start to the day as we hike towards and over a suspension bridge to the former settlement of La Manche – now a Provincial Park. As we continue on, we’ll hike up and down hills and alongside small streams. There will be pleasant coastal views, high cliffs, the headlands of Cape Neddick, the Hares Ear rock formation and the opportunity to see seabird and whales. Breakfast, trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 5: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Caplin Bay Path, Colony of Avalon (optional), Ferryland Lighthouse, and Sounding Hills Path; 9.7 miles, 4.5 hours – Moderate
Today’s hike is a pleasant, rambling walk with a moderate climb on the Sounding Hills Path. In Ferryland, we can visit (at additional cost) the Colony of Avalon archaeological site dating back to 1621. Breakfast, trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 6: Thursday, June 22, 2017 – Father Troy’s, Silver Mine Head, and Cobbler Path; 13.4 miles, 6.5 hours – Moderate
An enjoyable hike today on a variety of footings – sandy beach, boardwalk, costal woods and multi-use hiking/biking path. Great views throughout. A few up’s and down’s of 500 feet. However, the high points – like Red Cliff, will provide the opportunity to see whales. Breakfast, trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 7: Monday: Friday, June 23, 2017 – Spout Path; 13.6 miles, 8.0 hours – Strenuous
This challenging, but rewarding hike traverses over hilly terrain with dramatic sea cliffs, sea stacks, a historic lighthouse, 5 waterfalls and a wave powered geyser aptly named, The Spout. At end of trail, there is a 3.5 mile hikes out (included in hike distance above) along an access road – think the Garden to JBL. Breakfast, trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 8: Saturday, June 24, 2017 – Bear Cove Point Path, and Island Meadow Path, van return to St John’s; 13.0 miles, 6.5 hours – Strenuous
Today’s hike is classified as strenuous resulting from distance – it’s really a nice walk in the woods. We’ll pass by remnants of houses and a blacksmith shop, see the historic lighthouse at Bear Cove Point, and the headlands on our way to Cappahayden. Breakfast, trail lunch, and transportation provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 9: Sunday, June 25, 2017 – Motion Path; 11.9 miles, 6.0 hours – Strenuous
Today we hike the 3.5 mile access road to the coast were the Motion Path begins. As with prior days, a few steep ups and downs will be rewarded with long and pretty views. At Motion Head, which is exposed to weather, we’ll see some glacier erratic’s – rocks that differ in in size and type native to the area. Breakfast, trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 10: Monday, June 26, 2017 – Tinkers Point Path, Whale and Puffin Boat Tour, Beaches Path; 8.2 miles, 3.5 hours – Moderate
A fun day today! We’ll start off from Tors Cove hiking the Tinkers Point Path, with its lovely shore and Island views, to Mobile. In Mobile we’ll board the Molly Bawn for a 75 minute boat tour where we’ll see whales and puffins. After returning to shore, we’ll hike onward to Witless Bay along the Beaches Path – overlooking the waters we navigated earlier in the day. Breakfast, trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 11: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – Deadmans Bay Path, Blackhead Path and Cape Spear Path; 15.5 miles, 7.5 hours – Strenuous+
Today will be a grinder – a character builder hike! After knocking off a few steep sections of coastal trail, we’ll be treated to a nice ridge walk with great views. Mid-day will see us at the most easterly point of North America – Cape Spear. Along the way we’ll pass by the abandoned settlement of Freshwater, a barachois – a coastal lagoon separated from the ocean by a sandbar, and the opportunity for some bird watching. Some sections of the trail today are rough underfoot, while others are exposed to weather – wind, cool, damp and possibly fog. Elevation gain/loss will be in the 500 foot range. Breakfast, trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins
Day 12: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Mudder Wet Path and Spurwink Island Path; 12.0 miles, 6.5 hours – Strenuous
An easy but longish hike today. Some nice views of the lighthouse at Ferryland and the Berry Head sea arch. In the marshlands near the Aquaforte trailhead, wild flowers abound – Lady Slippers, Candle Head Orchids and the provincial flower – the Pitcher Plant. Breakfast, trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 13: Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Cape Broyle Head Path, 11.0 miles, 7.5 hours – Strenuous
The Cape Broyle Head Path is rigorous – long and hilly, with several stream crossings. There is a lovely sandy beach at Lance Cove – a good lunch spot perhaps! Breakfast, trail lunch, dinner, transportation, and accommodations provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 14:Friday, June 30, 2017 – Sugarloaf Path, Beer Tasting at Quidi Vidi Brewing Co.; 7.4 Miles, 4.1 hours – Moderate
Today we finish the ECT! Departing from the Memorial University Ocean Science Centre at Logy Bay, we’ll hike along the Sugarloaf Path that rises and falls just like the local tides. On arrival to Quidi Vidi, we’ll make our way over to the Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. to enjoy a celebratory Iceberg Beer! We will then travel 10 minutes by taxi to the St John’s Holiday Inn and Suites were we will stay this evening (included in trip cost). A group dinner (at additional cost) will be arranged – possibly downtown St John’s in the lively George St area. Breakfast, trail lunch, and transportation to the trail head provided by Brown Rabbit Cabins.
Day 15: Saturday, July 1, 2017 – End day
The ECT adventure ends today with breakfast (included) at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. *This is the End of the Trip – travel home as per your own schedule. Airport transfers are not included (but complimentary from the hotel).
|Notes||Do not make your flight arrangements until Trip Leader tells you that this trip has the minimum participants for the trip to go.
Trip prices and arrangements are subject to change due to circumstances beyond ADK’s control.
Planned activities are subject to change due to weather, trail conditions or other unforeseen circumstances, at the sole discretion of the Leader.
|Registration Procedure||Please carefully read the above detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact Trip Leader if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, phone or snail mail) and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S. Postal Service with the deposit (check payable to “ADK” or the Credit Card Authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay.
You must be a member in good standing of the Adirondack Mountain Club to be a participant on an ADK Adventure Travel Trip. Join ADK online.
|Trip Leader||Paul Robins
PO Box 584, Manotick, Ontario Canada, K4M1A5;
(H) 613-692-0540; (C/Text) 613-266-1266