You can go hiking almost anywhere in Canada, even some of the most populous cities aren’t that far away from green space where you can grab a good pair of boots and hit the trails. If you want something a little…more challenging, then you’re in the right place. We have a list of some of the most incredible hiking trails to be found, some of which you can finish in a day or two other…well you might want to book some vacation time. Some are incredibly challenging so prepare yourself physically and mentally before heading out. No matter the level of difficulty you choose all of them will come with spectacular views. Here is the list in no particular order.
The Bruce Trail
This is one of the more popular trails in the country and it is almost 900kms long, traversing southern Ontario. It is well maintained and starts at the Niagara Escarpment and it will take you all the way up to Georgian Bay. You can find forests, vineyards, cliffs overlooking the lakes along with some pristine waterfalls. You can do a part or the entire trail and there are well marked routes so you won’t find yourself lost. If you hit this trail in the summertime you will find plenty of tourists around. All in all this is a fairly easy hike.
The Rideau Trail
The Rideau Trail runs between Kingston and Ottawa and this is another hiking trail that is good for beginners (don’t worry they get more challenging). Along the way it is filled with quaint little towns, historic forts and sights, forests and lots of different birds. You can try part or all of the trail, it is mostly flat so you can have an easy stroll. The views of the changing leaves in the fall make this an epic trail to hike.
Canol Heritage Trail
This trail is NOT for the beginner, if it isn’t the most difficult it’s definitely in the top three. Located on the Northwest Territories/Yukon border it’s 350km of rugged wilderness and you will need to be flown in and out. If you decide to trek the whole thing, someone is going to have to have someone drop you some food and supplies. Bring a satellite phone because if you get hurt there won’t be much in the way of a rescue. You can run into grizzlies and black bears and the trail itself is an old logging road that is no longer maintained. This is not for the faint of heart! Here is a look at the Canol Trail.
East Coast Trail
It’s time to head to the easternmost province for the next leg of your hiking journey. This trail starts in the south at Cape St Francis and follows the Atlantic coastline to Cappahayden. Newfoundland is stunning and from here you can see massive icebergs, watch the whales in the North Atlantic, quaint lighthouses along the shore and see the puffins looking for food. This is also where, if you’re lucky you might get to see the world’s southernmost caribou herd. This trail is really well maintained and there are some lovely B&B’s along the route and Newfoundland hospitality is second to none. Make sure to try some Newfie Screech while you are here.
These are just 4 of some of the amazing hiking trails in Canada, we would be here all day if we tried to name them all. Canada has the TransCanada Trail that runs the length of the country for hiking and biking. No matter where you are in Canada there will be a trail close by and make sure to check our kayaking and canoeing information to enjoy right after your hiking adventure…