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 2021 East Coast Trail "Trail Raiser On the Go", a partnership with CMHA-NL

The East Coast Trail Association & Canadian Mental Health Association of Newfoundland and Labrador present the

2021 Trail Raiser On the Go

We are bringing back the Trail Raiser On the Go, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association in NL for its second year, this time with a fresh look and feel! Studies confirm there is a positive link between intentional movement, mental health and spending time outdoors in green spaces. This year we want to celebrate our beautiful trail and promote mental wellness as the ongoing pandemic challenges us both mentally and physically.

Here is your challenge: hike and fundraise! It's that simple. This year, we have bi-weekly challenges encouraging you to explore different trails each session. 

The Trail Raiser On the Go will run from May 24th to September 6, broken down into two-week segments. Each segment will give participants the option of their hiking adventure, choosing an easy, moderate to difficult or strenuous path; or if you're up for it - all three!Fundraising Goal

Each challenge you complete enters you into a draw prize at the end of the fundraiser. PLUS chances to win prizes in sessions along the way. Additional events throughout the Trail Raiser On the Go will be announced throughout, but trust us, you do NOT want to miss out! 

Let's all work together towards a fundraising goal of $100,000 to support the maintenance of the East Coast Trail and help the Canadian Mental Health Association-NL to provide resources and services across the province. 

Two of your favourite charities have joined forces, during a pandemic, to showcase the importance of staying active to promote good mental and physical health, while at the same time raising funds and awareness for two worthy charitable organizations.  Donations will be shared equally between both charities (50% to ECTA; 50% to CMHA-NL). 

Your physical journey

Session Challenges

Your fundraising journey

Our collective goal is to raise $100,000 for ECTA and CMHA-NL. Reach out to friends and family via email and social media, to ask them to support your mission with a donation.  Donations can be made online (credit card), or offline* (cash or cheque).

This event is open to everyone - individuals, businesses and communities. Join us in this journey and let's work together for these worthy charities. This event is your opportunity to make a positive impact: Get fit, physically and mentally, raise funds for a good cause and win prizes.

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2021 Trail Raiser Patch    PLUS! The first 250 people who register will receive a limited edition  Trail Raiser On the Go 2021 patch! 

Note: the fair market value of the patch will be deducted on your registration tax receipt, this is in line with CRA Regulations.


Top Individual Prizes - top 3 individual fundraisers

1. Get #OutfittedByTheOutfitters with a $1000 Shopping Spree at The Outfitters

2. One night stay at the Alt Hotel Harbour View Room and dinner for two at Terre Restaurant with a complimentary bottle of wine

3. An 8-week course with Alder Cottage Cookery School and a Figs & Fromage Gift card

Top Team Prizes - top 3 team fundraisers

1. Axe throwing at Jack Axes and beers at Bannerman Brewery

2. Ferryland Lighthouse Picnic Trip

3. Iceberg Quest Boat Tour passes and Newfoundland Canvas 11"x14" canvasses 

Draw Prizes - one entry for every $50 fundraised for each participant*

1. Iceberg Allery Performance Tent tickets for July Talk on September 17

2. Relaxation Station Saltwater Bath Bomb Gift Basket + Winterholme Wellness Spa pedicure and 60-minute float

3. St. John's Farmer's Market Feature Jam Lady bakeapple jam package + Karen's Woodworking Charcuterie Board

3. Newfoundland Made  Nonia Cable Knit Hat & Scarf + The Shop, SALT party sweater, lights out saltee, & SALT X ROBYN FLANNIGAN cap

4. Out to See The Baccalieu Gallery "Dirty Girls" reproduction + Ocean Quest Tours Ocean Safari for 1

5. Ocean Breezes She Sells Sea Glass Gift card + Edge of the Earth Wood Wick Candle collection from Foggy Island Candle Co.

6. Hike, Read, Repeat Book package from Boulder Books including Hikes of Newfoundland, Hikes of Western Newfoundland, Hikes of Eastern Newfoundland and the new book, "Hidden Newfoundland: 120+ ghost towns, natural wonders, and other off-the-beaten-path destinations."

7. Think Outside the Box Escape Quest passes for 2

8. Worth 1000 Words Newfoundland Photography Tours package

9. Iceberg Alley Tickets - tickets to July Talk/Death from 1979 and Kell McMichael on September 17!

PLUS an Indigena Skincare discount + gift with purchase for all participants

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*ECTA and CMHA-NL Staff and Board members are not eligible for prizes.

Session Bonus Events FREE for all Trail Raiser participants! Made possible by the support of CIBC.

Session #1: Photo Contest

From May 24 to June 6, submit your East Coast Trail photos for a chance to win a photography prize pack from  The Outfitters and  Newfoundland Canvas!

TO ENTER: Submit your best ECT photos using #ECTOnTheGo21 and tag  @CMHANL@EastCoastTrail  + @TheOutfittersNL  via Instagram or Twitter before August 29, 2021. One winner will be randomly drawn.

CONTEST DETAILS: Each unique submission will equal one entry to the Contest. Photos must be taken on the #EastCoastTrail and follow all hiking etiquette. If your Instagram/Twitter account is private we will not see your submission; we recommend e-mailing your submission to onthego  You may also submit your photo by mail.

Please read full Contest Terms & Conditions at

Session #2: Meditation Mug Up with Lindsay Oates at Father Troy's Trailhead in Flatrock. 

You will begin with a nature hike where Lindsay offers gentle encouragement to tune into your senses. This is a space where you get to turn off the thinking mind, the to-do lists and all the mental busyness. You take a bath in Nature. Next, the group will find a seat in a circle where we begin the guided Self Chakra Connection Meditation - a deep and powerful session allowing you to sink fully into SELF. Following the meditation, you are welcomed to a cup of local coffee (brewed and ready to pour) or a selection of tea to pair with your NL baked goods and toutons to enjoy. Lindsay is a Registered Natural Therapist of Canada, Certified Foot & Ear Reflexologist, Reiki Master, Level 2 Healing Touch practitioner, Indian Head Masseuse and Certified Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher. Register here.   

Session #3: Maintaining Your Mental Health and Wellbeing Lunch & Learn with John Dinn from CMHA-NL

Join John Dinn CMHA-NL's Workplace Mental Health Coordinator for a session on how to maintain your mental health. This past year has been quite the ride and your mental health might not have been first priority as we navigated these uncertain times. Let us help you find some tips and tools to guide you through this new normal and put your physical and mental health first. Register here.  

Session #4: Free coffee & cookie from Traditional Coffee House

Enjoy a FREE medium coffee and cookie from the Traditional Coffee House in beautiful Torbay.  Start or end your hike with a taste of fresh goodness! Register here.

Session #5: Yoga with Pine Loft Yoga

Join us at Topsail Beach at the start of Long Shore Path for an evening yoga with Pine Loft Yoga, based in Portugal Cove! 

Session #6: Voucher to the Battery Cafe

We know hiking can be hungry work that's why for this session add-on we are partnered with the Battery Café. Register and get $15 to pick up some to delicious hiking snacks from the Battery Café during this 2-week session. 

The more you raise, the more prizes you are eligible for! All registered participants are eligible for the prizes available.  Each participant who raises funds to hike is considered to be an individual fundraiser. An individual fundraiser can win an individual prize and be a member of a winning team. Plus, all event participants are eligible for the draw prizes. Note: ECTA and CMHA-NL staff and board members are not eligible for prices. Register here.

Session #7: Photo Contest

From August 16 to 29, submit your East Coast Trail photos for a chance to win a photography prize pack from The Outfitters and Newfoundland Canvas!
Submit your best ECT photos using #ECTOnTheGo21 and tag @CMHANL + @EastCoastTrail + @TheOutfittersNL via Instagram or Twitter before August 29, 2021. One winner will be randomly drawn.
Each unique submission will equal one entry to the Contest. Photos must be taken on the #EastCoastTrail and follow all hiking etiquette. If your Instagram/Twitter account is private we will not see your submission; we recommend emailing your submission to You may also submit your photo by mail.
Please read full Contest Terms & Conditions at
Session #8 - ASIST Training
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone. This training is offered by CMHA-NL at a discounted rate for all 2021 Trail Raiser On the Go participants. Register here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Do you work for an organization that may be interested in sponsoring our event? Check out our sponsorship package here.

What to Know Prior to Registering   

  • $40 registration fee to participate in the event: You pay the fee during the registration process. 
  • $250 individual fundraising target: We are challenging all participants to raise a minimum of $250 to help protect and maintain the ECT and support mental health initiatives in our province. Help us reach our fundraising goal of $100,000 for this event!
  • Register as an individual or start/join a team. Teams can have up to 10 people.
  • 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 any time.
  • You can also collect cash & cheque pledges. By using the pledge form in your personal fundraising page, collect the full name, mailing address and email address of any cash or cheque donors to make sure they receive a tax receipt.
  • Event Close: At the end of the event we will hold a virtual event closing the challenge and announcing totals and prizes. This event will be held on Thursday, September 16.

 *To arrange contactless drop-off for cash donations, please  email or call 709-738-4453

COVID-19 Reminders

  • Bring hand sanitizer and a mask with you when you head out on the trail
  • Allow for 2 metres of space between you and other hikers when passing on the trail
  • Avoid touching your face, especially with unwashed hands.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissues to reduce the spread of germs. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys, electronic devices and doorknobs.
  • Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to other

Source: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador


Important items to know before heading out for a hike

Follow these links for more information 

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. If paying by credit card, the name on the card is who the tax receipt will be addressed to.

Date & Time: May 24, 2021 12:01 AM to
Sep 06, 2021 11:59 PM
[America/St_Johns UTC -3]
Registration Closes: Aug 30, 2021 11:59 PM


Top Fundraisers
1. Donovan Byrd
2. Robbie Hicks
3. Evan Simpson
4. Madeleine Florent
5. Gregory Winter
Top Teams
1. Memorial in Motion
2. Torbay Coyotes Team #1
3. Torbay Coyotes Team #2
4. Walkie Talkies
5. Sequence Bio

*All Teams
 Registration Options
General Admission

Limited Income Tickets (email for access)



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