Newfoundland and Labrador offers pristine coastal trails where hikers can break to watch whales or spot icebergs. This province is home to inland paths that allows even the most experienced of hikers feel as though they are exploring long forgotten routes. With so much to be explored, it's little wonder why hiking is rated amongst the top activities of travellers to our province! Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland is thrilled to be working with a dynamic team of avid hikers in the eastern region to help promote the picturesque hikes here. Learn more about our Local Advocates below and be sure to follow them on social media for amazing hiking related content!

Stephanie Card​inal

Stephanie Cardinal is a business student at Memorial University and is passionate about exploring Newfoundland and Labrador’s hiking trails. Hiking the The Cape Broyle Head has been one of her favourite challenges so far. She regularly hikes the Father Troy Trail in Torbay while snapping photographs and taking in the beautiful views. When not hiking, she likes to paint pet portraits and read. Check out her photos from the trail @stephcardinal_

Brandon Cooney

For Brandon Cooney, growing up in Newfoundland cultivated a passion for the natural world. This passion led him to pursue a career in the Green Economy, and to use his photography to showcase the spectacular landscapes of this province, and the world. In Newfoundland, his favourite hike is the Flamber Head Path. Brandon has trekked the Himalayan mountains, cycle toured around New Zealand and Europe, and continues to document his journey on Instagram. Check him out here: @brandon_cooney_

Dr. TA Loeffler

Dr. TA Loeffler is a hiker, paddler, climber and professor of Outdoor Education and Recreation in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2020, TA was named to the “90 Greatest Canadian Explorers” List by Canadian Geographic.

TA’s adventures have taken her to 52 different countries and all seven continents. TA has climbed 6 and 4/5 of “The Seven Summits,” the highest peaks on all seven continents. Having experienced some of the world’s most breathtaking hikes, TA’s favourite is still the Piccos Ridge Path on the East Coast Trail. When TA is not hiking, teaching, or blogging, TA is likely growing or foraging her dinner or chasing a hockey puck on the ice. Check out TA’s posts for outdoor inspiration, practical hints, and some humour along the way. Twitter and Instagram: @TALoeffler.

Curtis Meeker

Curtis Meeker is a hobbyist photographer and videographer with an interest in capturing the nature of Newfoundland and Labrador. Curtis is an educator based in St. John's and when not teaching he can be found hiking with his wife, Kailey, and his two dogs, Sophie and Rufus. One of his favourite scenic lookouts is the gorgeous Torbay Point along Cobbler's Path, especially at sunset. Curtis shares his photography journey through his Instagram posts @CurtisMeeker

Carolyn Murray

Growing up in rural Newfoundland with ten siblings, Carolyn Murray was used to spending much of her time outside exploring the beautiful flora and fauna that is unique to the island. She rediscovered her love of the outdoors in 2012 when a friend invited her to walk Mickleens Path on the ECT. Since then, Carolyn has been hooked and has hiked 80+ different trails in the eastern region of the province and is already planning on tackling the west coast of Newfoundland. Carolyn thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family; she regularly hikes with a couple of her siblings and friends that are like family, and when not on the trails she can be found enjoying her own backyard with her husband, daughter, and her golden retriever (who was once an expert hiker herself!) Follow Carolyn on Instagram: @carolynmurray229

Lauren O'Dell

Lauren O’Dell is an outdoor enthusiast from the Torbay area of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a full-time student at the Marine Institute, and works part time at a local restaurant, but when she has free time she loves getting outside and exploring. Although she enjoys trying new trails, her favourite hike is the Cobbler’s Path trail in scenic Logy Bay. When she isn’t hiking or taking photos, she spends time driving around with friends, creating art, and researching new travel & hiking destinations! Check out Lauren’s spectacular posts on Instagram @lostwithlaur.

Barb Parsons-Sooley

Barb Parsons-Sooley, owner of Wind at your Back Guided Adventures, was raised in CBN where her early years were spent exploring the hills and beaches around Bay Roberts and Port de Grave. In recent years, she has extensively hiked the East Coast Trail, Hike Discovery, and the many great hiking routes on the Avalon Peninsula. Barb also has a vast knowledge of our National Parks, Terra Nova and Gros Morne, having hiked to the top of Gros Morne Summit three times! Barb is most enthusiastic about her outdoor experiences when she gets to share them with others. Leading adventure tourists to discover the natural beauty, breathtaking landscapes, and inherent warmth and friendliness of our people, is where she finds herself most at home. See this enthusiasm for yourself through her social media channels, @windatyourbacknl.

Carl Slaney

Carl Slaney is an avid hiker and tour guide on the Burin Peninsula. He offers a combination of his two favorite hobbies, local history and local trails, as a package for tourists. After retiring from a career as a construction quality inspector he found idle time was indeed the devil's workshop. Volunteering and hiking turned to development of a guided historical hiking entity, Laurentian Legacy Tours in St. Lawrence, a town with a deep history and a developing trail network. The Chamber Cove Trail and the Cape Trail are well developed trails in the area. Storytelling, hiking, volunteering, boating, gardening and promoting tourism have become activities to fill the void. Check out @laurentianlegacytours on IG or @laurentianlegacy on FB.

Stuart White

St. John’s-based photographer Stuart White started hiking and doing landscape photography about a decade ago. If you see Stu on the trail he is never without his hiking buddy, Loki. Loki is Stu’s 6-year-old rescue husky that has never missed a hike or photo shoot. Stu’s favourite hikes include The Skerwink Trail, The Shoreline Heritage Walking Trail, and The Gravels Path in Port-Au-Port West. When off the trail, Stu spends his time playing softball, curling, and spending time with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Be sure to check out Stu’s stunning photographs which display the natural beauty of our province on Instagram @Stuey_B_White

Matt Woodland

Matt Woodland is a dedicated and active resident of the Burin Peninsula and his favourite views of this beautiful region can be seen from the trails there. Always accompanied by his trusted Border Collie, Nessie, Matt loves to hike all over the province but is an expert on the trails on the Heritage Run. His favourite hikes are The Marine Trail in Grand Bank and the The Cape Trail in St. Lawrence. When he’s not hiking, Matt enjoys spending time with his three amazing and energetic kids!

Jackie Zheng

Though now based in Newfoundland and Labrador's capital city, Jackie moved here from the Caribbean country of Belize to study at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He quickly fell in love with our province's breathtaking landscapes, dramatic shorelines, and welcoming people and decided to call this place home too.  His friendly nature led him to work in the hospitality industry and when he's not working he enjoys hiking, travelling, and photographing things he finds interesting. His favourite hike is a short, but sweet, hike on the East Coast Trail, the Silver Mine Path. You'll also see him frequent the North Head Trail on Signal Hill. Follow Jackie's Newfoundland adventures on Instagram @jackz_adventures.

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