25 years in the making … what seemed to be an impossible dream in
1994, the creation of a world class hiking trail along the eastern edge
of the Avalon has been realized, and we thank you all for helping us
make the dream a reality.
National Geographic Traveler ranked the Avalon coastline as #1 in the world, championing the region’s “stunning natural and cultural integrity” and “unspoiled scenery,” and calling it “one of the best-kept tourism secrets“.
As well, the Dept. of Tourism’s 2016 Exit Survey identified the East Coast Trail as the number one attraction on the Avalon. Indeed, the Trail has become a provincial treasure, a tourism and recreational icon, of which we can all be proud, an awesome accomplishment.
We must remember the Trail will keep on giving, only if, we provide the loving care and management it requires. We cannot take it for granted. Our annual fundraising hike, the “Trail Raiser” is your opportunity to get involved and embrace the Trail, helping us raise the funds needed to maintain and protect the East Coast Trail.
And a big shout out to ExxonMobil who have signed on as the Trail Raiser Event Sponsor for 2019 and 2020. Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! ExxonMobil has been an avid ECT supporter providing financial support since 2002.
2019 Trail Raiser:
Rally up a team of friends, family, coworkers, or just your own two feet and join us for the “Trail Raiser” our annual fundraising hike. Come and experience the raw natural beauty of the East Coast Trail and the historic Towns of Bay Bulls and Witless Bay. When: Saturday, June 8, 2019 Where: Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre This is our 25th Anniversary year and our goal is to raise $75,000 to help maintain and protect the Trail. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 team and individual fundraisers; all registered hikers are eligible for the draw prize(s). Five great hikes to choose from: two moderate hikes, one family hike, one long distance hike, and one overnight backpacking hike. The hikes will feature Spout Path, Mickeleens Path, and Beaches Path and the Towns of Bay Bulls and Witless Bay. The after-hiking party will feature local entertainment, a hearty lunch, a chance to share your hiking experience with others, and superb prizes. Hike Day: How it Works (A detailed outline of the day and hike descriptions) Why Hike with Us?
Hiking is the perfect exercise. It benefits the whole body, as well as the mind, it’s for all ages and for all stages of your life, it’s never too late to start. The other experience we offer you is our coastline. It is simply amazing, and the raw natural beauty is endless and second to none in the world. And it’s right here in your backyard waiting for you to embrace and enjoy as a life-long friend.
Walking the trail and access to our beautiful coast line is free and we must remember that the Association is a not-for-profit, volunteer based, registered charity that is working hard to maintain and protect it for everyone. And while our volunteers provide their time and expertise for free, we also need funding to acquire the critical resources and services that are essential for trail development, maintenance and protection. The strength and pleasure you will get from walking our coastline with your family and friends is one of the many benefits offered by the Trail. And walking for a good cause side-by-side with others, at the Trail Raiser, can give you a special sense of purpose. Your participation in the Trail Raiser gets you involved in your community and is a tremendous boost for the Association in terms of the money raised and the awareness it creates.
The Impact of Your Fundraising Efforts:
The Association must effectively demonstrate its capacity to raise the funds required to maintain and protect the Trail. Failure to do so is not an option. Our fundraising goal for 2019 is $225,000. This represents the financial contribution we have to make, from non-government sources, to leverage the additional government funds we need to mobilize and execute the following projects planned for 2019-20. Build 17.5 km of trail between Topsail Beach & Portugal Cove Harden 32 km of trail between Portugal Cove & Cape St. Francis Construct a new 15 m bridge over North Pond Brook Develop a new 2 km by-pass trail at Logy Bay Install new trailhead & community signage from Topsail Beach to Cappahayden Remove windfall and maintain the trail The Trail Raiser, kicked-off today, is our one and only fundraising event for the year and we are targeting to raise $75,000 from this event. Let’s see how close we come. We are also launching a Corporate Fundraising Campaign today with a target to raise $150,000.
Come one, Come all !!!
This is our 25th Anniversary. We all love and are passionate about the Trail. So let’s get involved early “register now” and get out there and raise the money needed to care for the Trail, let’s work together to make a difference “setting a fundraising milestone” in 2019.
For all of you who are current members of the Association, your continued and on going support is much appreciated, and required and we asking for your help . . . we need all members, if possible, to register and support this event. For those of you who are not members please consider taking out a membership today, register for the Trail Raiser and encourage your family, neighbors, friends and co-workers to get behind this event to help us raise the most funds ever.
The Association wishes to thank all our volunteers, members, landowners, residents, community groups, and governments at all levels, as well as individual and corporate donors, for helping develop, maintain and protect the East Coast Trail. The Trail has become a provincial treasure of which we can all be proud. It is an important component, among many, in achieving the National Geographic ranking as the number one coastal destination in the world. Thank you all for helping to make the dream a reality.
The East Coast Trail is an inspirational place that offers the opportunity for an unforgettable escape to anyone looking for an experience of a lifetime.
Join us for a fun and casual potluck to kick off the hiking season and to celebrate our most dedicated volunteers. In addition, you’ll get a chance to hear about plans for the 2019 season and meet other passionate volunteers and members like you.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Katie Baggs, a folk/roots singer songwriter, based out of St. John’s, NL. Named Female Artist of the Year by MusicNL in 2012, she is known to quiet audiences with her striking melodies and poetic lyrics about landscapes, the mind, and the heart.
To celebrate our 25th anniversary this year our special guest speakers will be some of our original volunteers! They will take us through the early days, how we came to be and great experiences they have had volunteering for the trail!
When: Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Where: Paul Reynold’s Community Center, 35 Carrick Dr, St. John’s, NL
Doors open at 5:00 pm, the event starts at 5:30 pm
RSVP to let us know if you can join the fun!
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