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So far, the official East Coast Trail runs along the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundla­nd, from Fort Amherst, near St. John’s, to Cappahayde­n on the south shore. A further 320 kilometres are scheduled to be developed to the same world-class standard by 2016. You can see the proposed developmen­t schedule on the trail’s website (www.eastcoastt­rail.com). Getting there:

You can get direct flights from Ottawa to St. John’s on Air Canada (www.aircanada.ca) and WestJet (www.westjet.com). You can also drive to Nova Scotia, then take a ferry to Newfoundla­nd. Marine Atlantic (www.marine-atlantic.ca) offers service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia, and two ports in Newfoundla­nd: Port aux Basques, a six-hour trip that starts at about $80 per vehicle plus fares for adults ($28), and Argentia, about 90 minutes from St. John’s and a 14-hour ferry trip that starts at about $163 for vehicles plus fares for adults (about $79). More:

For informatio­n on the East Coast Trail, call 1-709738-4453, see www.eastcoastt­rail.com or write to: East Coast Trail, 50 Pippy Place, P.O. Box 8034, St. John’s, NL, A1B 3M7. You can order a full set of 20 waterproof topographi­c maps for $33.

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