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 2019 Trail Raiser

2019 Trail Raiser “ECTA’s Annual Fundraiser Hike”


25 years in the making ... the creation of a world class hiking trail on the eastern edge of the Avalon Peninsula.

A trail that locals and tourists can access and enjoy freely and safely. A trail that showcases and protects the natural wilderness and cultural heritage of our coastline.   

The East Coast Trail will keep on giving as long as we provide the loving care and management it requires. We cannot take it for granted. The “Trail Raiser” is your opportunity to make a positive impact on the Trail by helping us raise much needed funds and awareness to maintain and protect it. 
This is our 25th Anniversary. Come celebrate with us. It doesn't get any better than hiking the Trail for a good cause side-by-side with other trail supporters.
Register today and let’s work together to set a fundraising milestone in 2019!  

Come Hike and Fundraise With Us

Experience the raw natural beauty of the East Coast Trail and the historic Towns of Bay Bulls and Witless Bay. Rally up a team of friends, family, coworkers, or just your own two feet.

  • 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, enhance, 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. 

Are you interested in volunteering at the event? We greatly appreciate all of the volunteers who make this event possible; please click here to send us an email to find out more about the available volunteer opportunities. 

Fundraising Prizes

Top Team Fundraising Prizes:

  1. Gatherall's Puffin & Whale Watch Puffin & Whale Watch Tour for 10 (on their 4:30p.m. cruise) and Lighthouse Picnics Picnic for 10
  2. Walnuts Climbing Centre Introduction to Climbing for 10, and *more to be announced*
  3. TA Loeffler's Adventures that Move Guided Hike for 10 and The Traditional Coffee House and Deli Lunch for 10

Top Individual Fundraising Prizes:

  1. The Outfitters "Salomon Shopping Spree" and The Outfitters Sea Kayak Tour for 6 in Bay Bulls 
  2. Whale House Guest House 1 Night Stay for 2; Fork Restaurant 3-Course Dinner for 2;  Molly Bawn Whale & Puffin Tours Boat Tour for 2
  3. Ocean Quest Adventures Close Encounter: Cod Fishing for 2, and *more to be announced*

Draw Prizes:

  1. Trail Connections 6-day hike for 2 along the East Coast Trail with accommodations and breakfast (more services available on request) offered by the following hosts: Points East Guesthouse - Pouch Cove, Harbour House - Petty Harbour, Elaine's B&B by the Sea - Witless Bay, Belle Maison Dine and Dream- Port Kirwan. This 6-day hike is available up to the end of September, 2019. 
  2. PAL Airlines Round Trip Flight to St. Anthony for 1 and Tuckamore Lodge (Main Brook, NL) 1 Night, 1 Day Stay with 2 Dinners
  3. O'Brien's Boat Tours Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Children) and NONIA Handknit mitts for the family – 2 pairs of adult mitts (Trigger & Snowflake) & 2 pairs of children’s Honeycomb mitts, all 100% wool
  4. Sherwood Suites (Port Rexton, NL) 1 Night Stay (during Sept. 13-Oct. 31) and Two Whales Coffee Shop $50 Gift Certificate and Port Rexton Brewing Co. $20 Gift Certificate
  5. O'Brien's Boat Tours Whale Watching Tour Family Pass
  6. Johnson Geo Centre Family Pass and The Suncor Energy Fluvarium Family Day Pass
  7. Breakwater Books Ltd. Six Books (Backpacking Across Newfoundland, The Luminous Sea, An Exile's Perfect Letter, Newfoundland An Island Apart, Labrador The Big Land, Poppy & Allie Go Green) 

Thank you to our fantastic supporters who donated these wonderful prizes! Please click on their names to visit their websites and learn more about them.

All participants who pay for or raise funds to hike are considered individual fundraisers. An individual fundraiser can win an individual prize and be a member of a winning team. Plus, all hike participants, regardless of the source of your registration fee, are eligible for the draw prizes. See eligibility rules and pledge deadlines for prizes under "What to Know Prior to Registering".

The more you raise, the more draw prizes you are eligible for! 

Trail Raiser Highlights 

Click the links below for further details  

  • Hike 1: Spout Path: Shoal Bay Road to Bay Bulls, 30 km, rated difficult to strenuous, backpackers hike (camp overnight), limited to 18 registrants
  • Hike 2: Beaches and Mickeleens Paths: Mobile to Bay Bulls, 22.6 km, rated moderate, for fast, distance hikers, 5 hours
  • Hike 3: Spout Path: Bay Bulls to Freshwater return, 12.6 km, moderate rating, 3.5 hours
  • Hike 4: Mickeleens Path: Witless Bay to Bay Bulls, 10 km, moderate rating, 3 hours
  • Hike 5: Mickeleens Path: Family Hike from Witless Bay to Otter Cove return, 4.3 km, easyrating, 3 hours
  • *New* Hike 6: "New Trail Run"; Mobile Beach to Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre via Beaches & Mickeleens (old Track Road) Paths; 17.9 kms; rated moderate, 2-3 hours
  • Safety Considerations: Click the link for information on what to bring, trail monitors and first aid, and pets
  • Hiker 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  
  • Check-in Times (June 7th): Hike 1: 9:00am at Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre.
  • Check-in Times (June 8th):  Hike 2: 7:30am at Mobile Central High School parking lot. Hike 3 and Hike 4: 8:30 at Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre. Hike 5: 9:00am at Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre. More details in hike descriptions
  • Parking: Hikes 1, 3, 4, 5 park at Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre; Hike 2 at Mobile Central High School parking lot. Note: Hike 2 participants will return to their cars at Mobile Central High School parking lot via a shuttle bus at 2:15p.m.
  • “Hiker Special” Bus for Participants of Hikes 3 & 4: Return trip ($10 for adults, $5 for kids 13 and under) St. John’s – Bay Bulls; pick-up & drop-off at three locations. The provision of this service is conditional on the demand documented during the registration process
  • Mid-Day Event: Wrap up your hike with a lunch and a fun-filled program at the Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre from 12:30p.m. to 2:30p.m.. Lunch and music start around 12:30p.m, and between 1-1:30p.m we will stop down to thank our sponsors and fundraisers and to announce the winners of the fundraising prizes
  • Event Close: At 2:15p.m., the shuttle bus will return Hike 2 hikers to Mobile Central High School parking lot. At 2:45p.m. the “Hiker Special” Bus returns participants of Hikes 3 & 4 to the three locations in St. John’s 

What to Know Prior to Registering   

  1. $50 minimum registration fee to participate in the event: You can pay the fee during registration process or you can raise the money by fundraising (pledges, donations).
  2. $250 fundraising target: Help us celebrate our 25th anniversary with a major win on June 8th. We are asking all adult participants to accept this challenge by raising a minimum of $250 to help protect and maintain the trail. Help us meet this challenge, and if realized, we will meet/exceed our fundraising goal of $75,000 for this event.
  3. For every $50 raised 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). 
  4. Draw Prize Eligibility Rules: Raise $50 & you get 1 ticket for prize #3; raise $150 & you get 3 tickets for prizes #1 & 2; & raise $250 & you get 5 tickets for prizes prize #1, 2 & 3. 
  5. Register as an individual or start/join a team (maximum of 10 people on a team)
  6. Personal Information page: When registering, at the "Personal Information" page, you will be asked to enter an email address and a password. The email address and password you provide will be your login username and password for your fundraising account. You can login to your account at anytime.
  7. Getting Started as a Fundraiser: Once you've registered you will be asked set up a personal fundraising page - where you can send emails, receive credit card donations, manage cheque & cash pledges and view your fundraising status. Please call (709) 738-4453 or email for help in 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 4:00pm on Thursday, June 6 will be eligible for fundraising prizes.  All credit card donations made online up until 5:00pm Friday, June 7th will be eligible for prizes. Pledges and donations will also be accepted onsite on hike day but will not be eligible for prizes.
  10. 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. 

Banner photography by: Janny Van Houwelingen, long-time volunteer and Life Member of the East Coast Trail Association

Date & Time: Jun 08, 2019 07:30 AM to
Jun 08, 2019 03:00 PM
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Registration Closes: Jun 15, 2019 04:00 PM


East Coast Trail Association
Top Fundraisers
1. Evan Simpson
2. Emily Ursell
3. Randy Murphy
4. Robbie Hicks
5. Madeleine Florent
Top Teams
2. Torbay Coyotes Team 1
3. Rice Krispies Gang 2019
4. ExxonMobil Canada
5. ExxonMobil Canada Procurement

*All Teams
 Registration Options
Hike #1 (Spout Path: Shoal Bay Road to Bay Bulls, 30 km, overnight)

Hike #2 (Beaches and Mickeleens Paths: Mobile to Bay Bulls, 22.6 km)

Hike #3 (Spout Path: Bay Bulls to Freshwater return, 12.6 km)

Hike #4 (Mickeleens Path: Witless Bay to Bay Bulls, 10 km)

Hike #5 (Mickeleens Path: Family Hike from Witless Bay to Otter Cove return, 4.3 km)

Hike #6 (New Trail Run; Mobile Beach to Bay Bulls; 17.9 km)

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