When I received the opportunity to spend a week exploring Newfoundland, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: get outside. The most easterly province in Canada offers explorers a broad selection of historic and scenic hiking trails. Get ready to explore fjords, tablelands and mountains on these 25 stunning hikes.

 

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Credit: Alison Karlene Hodgins

1. Spout Path

East Coast Trail

Length: 16.3 km
Time: 6 - 10 hours

This difficult trail travels from Shoal Bay to Bay Bulls. Along the way, hikers will experience striking coastlines, soaring seabirds, historic lighthouses and a freshwater geyser.

Read more: newfoundlandlabrador.com

2. Burma Road Trail

Signal Hill

Length: 2.4 km
Time: 1 hour

Ideal for families with small children or hikers afraid of heights, this flat trail leads from the Visitor’s Centre at Signal Hill to Cuckold’s Cove. Continue onto Quidi Vidi and reward yourself with an Iceberg Beer at the Brewery.

Read more: pc.gc.ca

3. Birch Brook Trails

Goose Bay

Length: 20 km total
Time: Varies

Used in summer for hiking and winter for snowshoeing, this trail system offers several lookout points with views of Lake Melville and the Mealy Mountains. The well-maintained trails meander through birch and boreal forest, creating a tranquil atmosphere.

Read more: birchbrook.ca

4. Alexander Murray Hiking Trail

King’s Point

Length: 8 km
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 300 m

With 2,200 steps on wooden staircases to conquer, this trail is a calf-burner! But the views from the top are so stunning, you won’t even mind the workout.

Read more: hikebiketravel.com

5. Humber Valley Trail

Humbler Valley

Length: 25 km
Time: 2 days

Part of the International Appalachian Trail, the Humbler Valley Trail is as diverse as it is scenic: expect water crossings, steep climbs and rolling hills.

Read more: newfoundlandlabrador.com

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Credit: Alison Karlene Hodgins

6. Indian Lookout Trail

Portland Creek

Length: 40 km
Time: Varies

Break this lengthy trail into sections for day trips or tackle it all in a week. The choose-your-own-adventure experience is made even better by the striking sight of fjords and waterfalls.

Read more: iatnl.com

7. Centre Hill Wilderness Trail

Sunnyside

Length: 5 km one-way
Time: 4 - 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 400 m

This ancient volcano makes an exciting trek for hikers in eastern Newfoundland. Don’t forget your camera—you’ll want to document the extraordinary views from the top.

Read more: newfoundlandlabrador.com

8. Little Catalina Hiking Trail

Bonavista Peninsula

Length: 16.5 km
Time: 1 - 2 days

Take your time enjoying this scenic coastal trail. Pick your fill of blueberries and blackberries, wander past icebergs and watch a colony of seabirds. There’s a camping platform located half-way along the linear trail for overnight adventurers.

Read more: canadatrails.ca

9. Cape Shore Trail

Bonavista Peninsula

Length: 3.5 km
Time: 1 hour

Part of the Discovery Trail, this trek leads along the coast from Bonavista to the Cape. It’s a fairly easy walk, but the views are well-worth the visit.

Read more: hikediscovery.com

10. Skerkwink Trail

Port Rexton

Length: 5.3 km
Time: 2 hours

Powerful coastal views, changing terrain and rocky crags make this a popular trail. Pick a spot to stop for awhile and gaze over the endless sapphire waters of Trinity Bay.

Read more: theskerwinktrail.com

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Credit: Alison Karlene Hodgins

11. Fox Island Loop Trail

Champney’s West

Length: 5.5 km
Time: 1 hour

This loop trail offers views of the quaint community of Champney’s West on Newfoundland’s northwest coast.

Read more: newfoundlandlabrador.com

12. East Coast Trail

St John’s

Length: 300+ km
Time: 10+ days

From well-maintained trails brimming with day hikers to long, solitary treks, the East Coast Trail is a mammoth to accomplish. Preparation is key if you’re planning to tackle the entire thing.

Read more: eastcoasttrail.com

13. North Head Trail

St John’s

Length: 1.7 km one-way
Time: 1 hour

Follow wooden stairs and a dirt path down from Signal Hill and across rocky cliffs. You’ll find views of Fort Amherst Lighthouse and the Cabot Tower. It’s a short trek, but there are some tricky sections with sudden drop-offs, so exercise caution.

Read more: newfoundlandlabrador.com

14. Blackhead to Cape Spear

St John’s

Length: 4.7 km one-way
Time: 2 hours

This gorgeous trail starts in the forest near Blackhead Village and quickly brings hikers out on cliffs overlooking the ocean. Watch for whales as you climb Blackhead peak and maneuver through muddy sections and across boardwalks out to Cape Spear, the most easterly part of North America.

Read more: hikingnewfoundland.ca

15. Ladies Lookout Trail

St John’s

Length: 0.7 km one-way
Time:
 30 minutes

It may only be 700 metres, but this trail offers views galore from the highest point on Signal Hill. You can even see all the way to Cape Spear. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles’ nests and blueberries along the trail.

Read more: pc.gc.ca

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Credit: Alison Karlene Hodgins

16. Corner Brook Gorge Trail

Corner Brook

Length: 3.9 km

There are several trails to choose from in this area that bring hikers to streams and caves. The most scenic time to visit is autumn, when the trees sport yellow, orange and red leaves.

Read more: cbstream.com

17. Goowiddy Path

Terra Nova National Park

Length: 8 km
Time: 2 - 3 hours

Named for the Newfoundland word for the low shrubs typically found on this trail, “Goowiddy” Path winds through mature forest and leads to a sandy beach. Hikers should stop to enjoy the calm waters of Blue Hill Pond.

Read more: pc.gc.ca

18. Orche Hill Trail

Terra Nova National Park

Length: 5 km
Time: 1 hour

Follow a gentle loop along Orche Hill Pond and then branch off to Bread Cove, where you’ll enjoy stunning views of Clode Sound.

Read more: pc.gc.ca

19. Argentina Backland Trail

Placentia

Length: 10 km
Time: 3 - 4 hours

Time to kill before taking the ferry back to Nova Scotia? Explore this lush trail, rich with WWII history and coastal views.

Read more: canadatrails.ca

20. Cape Blow Me Down Trail

Bay of Islands

Length: 3.8 km
Time: 2 hours
Elevation Gain: 650 m

Here, hikers will find some of the best views in the province. Looking out to the Bay of Islands from the top of the Blow-Me-Down Mountains, you’ll get a feel for the rugged beauty of western Newfoundland.

Read more: obiec.ca

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Credit: Alison Karlene Hodgins

21. Forteau to Point Amour Lighthouse

Labrador Pioneer Footpath

Length: 6 km
Time: 2 - 3 hours

Point Amour Lighthouse is a must-see along the Labrador Pioneer Footpath. This beautiful trail is easily done in an afternoon. Hikers can enjoy a red sand beach and salty ocean breeze.

Read more: labradorcoastaldrive.com

22. Green Gardens

Gros Morne National Park

Length: 10 km return
Time: 3 hours

Trek past sheep through Green Gardens to the beach. At the end of the trail, you’ll find a staircase that leads down to the sand. Be wary of dangerous cliffs.

Read more: pc.gc.ca

23. Gros Morne Mountain

Gros Morne National Park

Length: 16 km
Time: 6 - 8 hours

At a staggering 806 m, Gros Morne Mountain is the highest point in the national park. The first 4 km wind through thick trees to a viewing platform at the base of the mountain. Then, the real climb begins: expect stairs, boardwalk and breathtaking views.

Read more: pc.gc.ca

24. Black Head Trail

Dildo Run Provincial Park

Length: 4 km return
Time: 2 hours

Explore 328 hectares of this lovely park and hike the short trail to Black Head. There are shower, laundry and flush toilet facilities for use in the comfort station near the trailhead.

Read more: tcii.gov.nl.ca

25. Birchy Nuddick Trail

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

Length: 2 km
Time:  2 - 3 hours, with time to explore the historic site

Learn about Viking history in Newfoundland and spot icebergs in the frigid water. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the coolest experiences in the province.

Read more: dottedlinetravels.com

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