2018 Trail Raiser “ECTA’s Annual Fundraiser Hike”


Come and experience the raw natural beauty of the East Coast Trail and the historic Town of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove.

  • Our 2018 goal is to raise $75,000 to help maintain and protect the East Coast Trail (ECT).
  • Rally up a team of friends, family, coworkers, or just your own two feet and join us for our annual Trail Raiser.
  • Prizes awarded to the top 3 team and individual fundraisers, all registered hikers are eligible for the draw prize(s).
  • Four great hikes to choose from, including two family hikes and two long hikes, whatever suits your fancy.
  • The hikes will feature the Cape Spear & Motion Head Paths as well as the community of Petty Harbour.
  • The family hikes will include activities featuring the Island Rooms, Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium and Nature Conservancy.
  • The after-hiking party will feature local entertainment, a hearty lunch & the opportunity to share your hiking experience

We’re lining up great prizes for the top 3 teams & individuals, as well as draw prizes, all generously donated by East Coast Trail supporters. Everyone who pays for or raises funds to hike is considered an individual fundraiser. Plus, all hike participants, regardless of the source of your registration fee, are eligible for the draw prize(s). Check the website for details!

Are you Interested in Volunteering at the Event? We greatly appreciate all of the volunteers who make this event possible; please email us at information@eastcoasttrail.com to find out more about the available volunteer opportunities.

Trail Raiser Highlights

  • When: Saturday, June 2nd (International Trails Day)
  • Where: Town of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove
  • Hiker Special Bus: Return trip ($10 for adults, $5 for kids) St. John’s – Petty Harbour; pick-up & drop-off at 3 locations; depending on demand
  • Hike 1: Cape Spear to Petty Harbour, 12 km, 4-5 hours, moderate
  • Hike 2: Petty Harbour-Motion Head return, 12.7km, 4-5 hrs, moderate to difficult
  • Hike 3: Family hike Square Rock Gulch, Maddox Cove, 3.3 km, 2.5 hours, easy
  • Hike 4: Family hike around the harbour (wharf walk, fishing activities), 2 km, 1.5-2 hours, easy (Max. 50)
  • Hiker Waiver: All hikers are required to sign a waiver; all children under 18 must be covered by a waiver
  • Registration Times: Cape Spear: Hike 1 (8-9am); Community Centre: Hike 2 (8-9am), Hike 3 (9:30-10:15am), Hike 4 (10:30 – 11am); details in hike descriptions
  • Registration Cost: $50 minimum fee/donation; all participants encouraged to raise $250 to help care for the ECT
  • Fundraising Prizes: Top 3 Fundraising Teams and Individuals + all registered hikers eligible (rules) for the draw prizes
  • Mid-Day Event: Community Centre 12:00-3:00 pm, lunch & music start 12:30 pm, fundraising results 1-1:30 pm
  • Parking: Hike 1 at Cape Spear; Hikes 2-3-4 at Layden’s Trucking Maddox Cove
  • Shuttle Service: Load and go between Community Centre and parking (1-2:30 pm)
  • Event Close: 3 pm Shuttle buses final run to Layden’s, Cape Spear and St. John’s

Click here for pictures of the event in past years.

What you need to Know Prior to Registering

  1. $50 minimum registration fee/donation needed to participate in the event.
  2. $250 Fundraising Target: We are asking all adult participants to accept the challenge to raise a minimum of $250 to help protect and maintain the trail; if you love and care for the trail, help us meet this challenge, and if realized, we will meet/exceed our fundraising goal for this event.
  3. For every $50 donated or raised through pledges you’ll get 1 ticket entered for the draw prizes on hike day (raise $500 get 10 tickets – the more money raised the better your chances to win). Eligibility Rules: Raise $50 for draw prize #3, $150 for draw prize #2, & $250 for draw prize #1.
  4. Hiker Special Bus: “round trip bus transportation to event” a chargeable registration option: $10 adults, $5 for kids 13 years and under.
  5. Hike Waiver:  All hikers are required to sign a waiver form electronically as you complete the online registration process. If you are bringing a child/children (under 18) they have to be identified and covered by the waiver.   
  6. Register as an individual or start/join a team (maximum of 10 people on a team)
  7. Once you’ve registered you set up & customize your personal or team fundraising page – where you can send emails, manage cheque & cash pledges and view your fundraising status. Please call us at (709) 738-4453 or email us at information@eastcoasttrail.com if you need help in setting up your page or how to get started with fundraising.
  8. You can also collect cash & cheque pledges. Collect the full name, mailing address and email address of any cash or cheque donors to make sure they receive a tax receipt.
  9. Deliver all cash and cheque pledges to the East Coast Trail Association.  All money turned in to the ECTA office (50 Pippy Place, Suite 9, St. John’s) by 1:00pm on Thursday, May 31st will be eligible for fundraising prizes.  All donations made online up until 5:00pm Friday, June 1st will be eligible for prizes. Pledges and donations will also be accepted onsite on hike day but will not be eligible for prizes.
  10. All registered participants are eligible for the Draw Prizes; only active fundraisers are eligible for the individual and team fundraising prizes; and an individual fundraiser can win an individual prize and be a member of a winning team.
  11. Donations and pledges $20 and over are eligible for a tax receipt. Remember to collect the full name, address and email address so donors can receive a tax receipt.
  12. No pets, please. The heavy concentration of hikers poses a safety concern for both people and pets. The buses and the community center are unable to accommodate pets also, so please leave your fur babies safely at home. Thank you for your cooperation. Registered service animals are welcome. 

Register Now!


Hike Day: How it Works (Click the links below for further details)

“Hiker Special” Bus Transport: The provision of this service is conditional on the demand documented during the registration process.

Hike 1: Cape Spear Path: 12 km, 4-5 hours, moderate:  Start your hike at the most easterly point in North America! Enjoy open country hiking with expansive sweeping views of forests and coastal heath, and a seldom seen view of Petty Harbour.

Hike 2: Motion Path: 12.7 km, 4-5 hours, moderate to difficult:  This path includes open barren landscape hiking and close oceanside hiking, with stunning wave action when a big sea is on. Enjoy sandstone boulders dotting the landscape at the Motion and a stroll through Petty Harbour streets.

Hike 3: Family Hike to Square Rock Gulch, Maddox Cove: 3.3 km, 1.5-2.5 hours, easy:  Gentle family coastal hike through meadow land and forest. Incorporates ‘Pancake Trail’ on return to Petty Harbour with high panoramic views. There will be a special family based activity on the path held by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Hike 4: Family Hike Around the Harbour, 1.5-2 km, 1.5-2 hour, easy:  Our guides from Island Rooms: Fishing for Success will offer two activities – a wharf walk and traditional fishing skills, including a touch tank from the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium! This hike is capped at 50 people including adults and children.

Safety Considerations

  • Bring water, a snack and trail-rated footwear. Plan to layer clothing appropriately for the weather
  • No pets, please. The heavy concentration of hikers poses a safety concern for both people and pets. The buses and the community center are unable to accommodate pets also, so please leave your fur babies safely at home. Thank you for your cooperation. Registered service animals are welcome.
  • Our volunteer trail monitors and first aiders will be located along the trail route to support you as required.

Wrap up with a lunch and a fun-filled program at the PH/MC Community Centre, starting at 12:30pm and ending at 2:30 pm. On or about 1:30 pm we will stop down to thanks our sponsors and fundraisers and to announce the winners of the fundraising prizes. After lunch and prize announcements - buses will return hikers to Layden’s Trucking, the Cape Spear parking lot and to the 3 pickup locations in St. John’s.

The Community Centre will be open to receiving returning hikers from 12:00-3:00pm.

Register Now!